Kevin Costner is an American actor, director, and producer who has had a successful career in Hollywood for over four decades. He was born on January 18, 1955, in Lynwood, California, and grew up in Compton, California. Costner's father was an electrician and his mother was a welfare worker.Costner's acting career began in the early 1980s, with small roles in films such as 'Sizzle Beach, U.S.A.' and 'The Touch.' He got his big break in 1984 when he was cast in the lead role of Eliot Ness in the crime drama 'The Untouchables.' This role helped establish him as a leading man in Hollywood, and he went on to star in many successful films throughout the 1980s and 1990s.One of Costner's most iconic roles is that of Ray Kinsella in the 1989 film 'Field of Dreams.' The film, which was directed by Phil Alden Robinson, tells the story of a farmer who hears a voice in his head that tells him to build a baseball field on his land. Costner's performance in the film earned him critical acclaim and helped establish him as a versatile actor.In 1990, Costner starred in the epic Western 'Dances with Wolves,' which he also directed and produced. The film was a massive success, grossing over $424 million worldwide and winning seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Costner. This film established Costner as one of Hollywood's leading talents, both in front of and behind the camera.Costner continued to star in successful films throughout the 1990s, including 'Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves,' 'JFK,' and 'The Bodyguard.' In 1995, he starred in the crime drama 'The War,' which was a box office hit. He also starred in the 1997 science fiction film 'The Postman,' which he also directed and produced, but received mixed reviews and underperformed at the box office.In the 2000s, Costner took a break from acting to focus on his family, but returned to the big screen with a number of notable roles. He starred in the critically acclaimed films 'Open Range' (2003) and 'Mr. Brooks' (2007). In 2011, he starred in the critically acclaimed film 'Black or White,' which he also produced and directed.In recent years, Costner has continued to act in films such as 'Hidden Figures' (2016), 'Yellowstone' (2018-2022) and 'Let Him Go' (2020). He is also set to star in the upcoming film 'The Art of Racing in the Rain' (2019).Throughout his career, Costner has received numerous awards and honors for his work in film. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards and has won two Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy Award. He was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003.In addition to his successful acting career, Costner is also an avid golfer and has been involved in several philanthropic endeavors. He is a strong supporter of education and has established several scholarship programs for students in need.Kevin Costner is one of the most respected and accomplished actors in Hollywood. He has starred in a wide variety of films and has proven himself to be a versatile actor, director and producer. His impact on the film industry will be felt for years to come.