Yellowstone’s Kevin Costner Facts: 10 Surprising Trivia Tidbits About The John Dutton Actor

by Charles Craighill

The hit television show “Yellowstone” has become one of the most-watched shows on television in the past few years. It has become so popular, in fact, that the show announced it will also produce several spinoff shows. Kevin Costner, the show’s lead actor, however, has lived in the spotlight long before the show started. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some good facts in case the star actor comes up on trivia night.

Start with the Basics

Kevin Costner was born in Lynwood, California on January 18, 1955. A Cali boy through and through, Costner attended high school at Villa Park High School and graduated in 1973. He then went to college at California State University at Fullerton. He graduated, married his high school sweetheart, and worked in Orange county before moving to Hollywood. All in all, Costner rarely left the golden state before starting his acting career.

Kevin Costner Family

Bill and Sharon Costner gave birth to Dan Costner in 1950, Mark Costner in 1953, and Kevin Costner in 1955. Mark tragically died at birth. Kevin has married twice, first to his high school sweetheart, Cindy Costner, in 1978. Cindy and Kevin were married for sixteen years and had three children together, Anne Clayton (1984), Lilly McCall (1986), and Joe Tedrick (1988).

After his divorce in 1994, Kevin Costner dated Bridget Rooney for a time. Costner and Rooney never married, however, they did have one child together in 1996 named Liam Costner. He then went on to marry Christine Baumgartner in September of 2004. Together they have Cayden Wyatt (2007), Hayes Logan (2009), and Grace Avery (2010).

Field of Dreams Was Not Just Acting

Despite his height of five feet two inches coming out of high school, Kevin Costner actually played basketball, baseball, and football. He was pretty good, too. He has since grown quite a bit, standing six foot one now-a-days. Sports still play a huge role in his life. They also play a pretty large role in his movies.

For instance, Kevin Costner has played in the celebrity golf tournament at Pebble Beach every year since 1996. However, that is not his only involvement with a golf course. After his role in the 1990 film Dancing with Wolves, the Sioux Nation gave him a large tract of land where he built a golf course. He also attends the College Baseball World Series in Omaha, Nebraska every year his Alma Mater qualifies for the tournament.

Kevin Costner Might Be the Sexiest Man Alive

Over the years, Kevin Costner has one several awards for his attractive face and figure. For instance, in 1998, the German magazine Amica voted Costner the most erotic male by its readers. People Magazine also put him in the 50 most beautiful people in the world list in 1990 and 1991. Then in 1995, Empire magazine put him in the top 100 sexiest stars in film history.

Well… Maybe Not

While he may hold a spot on many of these lists, he did fall… short… in one category. Kevin Costner bared all in a full frontal scene in the 1999 film For the Love of the Game. However, directors decided to cut the scene after it was met with laughter at test screenings… yikes.

Kevin Costner Has Always Been a Western Man

In many of his films and television shows, Kevin Costner portrays a western man. This trend started even before his acting career when he built his own canoe and travelled the Lewis and Clark waterways all the way to the Pacific Ocean. He was only 18 at the time.

Some More Baseball Clout

After his roles in the baseball movies Field of Dreams and Bull Durham, Kevin Costner became a household name in baseball. This gave him the opportunity to announce Major League Baseball’s All-Century Team selections at the 1999 World Series in Fenway Park.

Some More Awards and Recognitions

Aside from his recognition for being one of the most attractive actors in the world, Kevin Costner has also won awards for his acting. For instance, John Willis’ Screen World named him one of the Most Promising New Actors of 1986. He also ranks 27th in Empire Magazines 1997 list of Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time.

And Some Not-So-Great Recognition

While many of his movies won him quite a bit of fame and recognition, one of his self directed films did the opposite. For example, his performance in The Postman earned him the Razzie for the Worst Actor. The film also won him worst director and worst picture. He joins Sylvester Stallone, Prince, Roberto Benigni, William Shatner, and Tom Green to win a Razzie for a worst actor in a film they also directed.

A Nice Full-Circle Story

Before Kevin Costner became a movie star, he led bus tours of movie stars’ homes in Hollywood. That’s right, Costner started as a tour bus driver when he first moved to Hollywood. Who would have guessed back then that he would become one of the most acclaimed actors and directors of all time? I would say exactly one person could have known and his name rhymes with Devin Bostner.