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Kevin Costner

Academy Award-winning actor-director-producer Kevin Costner made a solid career out of playing, amiable, dependable leading men with a stoic, deadpan style best utilized in sports-themed, feel-good movies. He made his now-infamous film debut - as a corpse - in director Lawrence Kasdan's "The Big Chill" (1983). In recompense, Kasdan gave him the prominent, flashy role of a wild gunfighter in the action-packed neo-modern Western, "Silverado" (1985). Costner's breakout year came in the form of two hit films that he solidly led - director Brian De Palma's prohibition crime-drama "The Untouchables" (1987) when he was cast as Eliot Ness opposite Robert De Niro's murderous Al Capone and the military thriller "No Way Out" alongside Gene Hackman. A string of subsequent hits, including the baseball-themed "Bull Durham" (1988) and "Field of Dreams" (1989) led to his masterpiece, the Academy Awarding-winning Western "Dances with Wolves" (1990). Although his top leading man status began to suffer after the monumental failures of "Waterworld" (1995) and "The Postman" (1997), Costner nonetheless remained a viable screen presence. And while he continued to appear in an average of a film a year with such efforts as "Thirteen Days" (2000), "Open Range" (2003), "Rumor Has It..." (2005) and "Swing Vote" (2008), Costner would ultimately find his next big hit on the small screen, as the star of the highly-rated miniseries docudrama "Hatfields & McCoys" (History Channel, 2012). Despite suffering his fair share of critical and commercial misfires, Costner's impressive contributions to film were undeniable and his frequent comparisons to such movie icons as Gary Cooper and Jimmy Stewart more than apt.
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