Today is Kevin Costner’s 66th birthday. And what better way to celebrate the “Yellowstone” star than looking back at his own words to define his best life.
We’ve loved Kevin Costner since his first big role as lawman Elliott Ness in “The Untouchables.” Costner likes the deep, philosophical characters. Think Crash Davis, the aging baseball player in “Bull Durham, or Ray Kinsella in “Field of Dreams” or John Dunbar in “Dances With Wolves” or Frank Farmer in “The Bodyguard.”
Fans love him these days as John Dutton in “Yellowstone.” He’s in his 60s, playing handsome and smart in movies like “Hidden Figures” and “Molly’s Game.” He even voiced Enzo, the dog in “The Art of Racing In The Rain.”
He’s anything but the buttoned-down persona.
“I never wanted to wear a tie in my life,” Costner said.
Kevin Costner Says: “Great Surprises Are In Front of Me”
Costner recently put his life and career in perspective.
“I really feel like some of the great surprises I have are in front of me,” he said in an interview with AARP. “As I play out the second half of my career, I’ve been doing a lot of writing. And there are projects I still want to do. But my life is a lot more than movies. I just periodically pop up in them. In between, I’m living my other life. “
Costner’s other life is with his family. He has seven children, three with his second wife, Christine Baumgartner. The couple married in 2004. The family splits time between Santa Barbara, Calif, and their 160-acre spread in Aspen, Colorado.
What Kevin Costner Learned in Relationships: Say You’re Sorry
Costner was asked by Parade magazine about what makes a marriage work. It reflects where he is in life.
“Maybe it’s the ability to say you’re sorry,” Costner said. “I know that sounds so simple. If you’re willing to tell somebody that you love them, are you also willing to say you’re sorry? You need to, even when you think you’re in the right.”
Actor Reflects On His Long Career
Kevin Costner played a lot of athletes in his movie career. He said that lines up with a life philosophy.
“I’ve always felt performance-oriented. If you compare acting to a sports moment, where you’re down to the last shot or pitch, a lot of people wouldn’t want to be in that situation. I’ve always liked it. I’ve never thought as much about the things that could go wrong as what can possibly go right.”
Because Of All His Movie Roles, People In Real Life Look To Costner To Be The Hero
Kevin Costner is very convincing at playing the strong man with the best solutions. He says people in real life view him the same way.
Costner said: “To this day, because of the roles that I’ve played, if I’m in a restaurant and someone’s choking, I swear to God half the restaurant will look at me like I’m going to jump over four tables and get to that person. It’s not that I won’t make that move, but I may not be the most capable person in the room. There’s a lot that’s assigned to you with celebrity.”
Will He Remain An Actor As He Gets Older?
Kevin Costner still has an extended shelf life as an actor. But he’ll be choosier about the roles. He likes to talk about “architecture.” When you’re 66, you worry about planning. Life teaches you that.
“I’m going to play the second half of my career out directing, but it could very well be in television,” Costner told Indie Wire. “But it won’t be making it up as you go. The architecture has to be there. I’m more about that. Listen, a lot of my movies are long. I like the subplots. I like it when it all comes together — [but not when] it’s made up on the fly. I don’t trust that.”
Cheers to architecture. Cheers to more “Yellowstone.” And cheers to Kevin Costner and his 66th birthday.