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Kevin Costner's birthday: Costner turns 59 today

Kevin Costner fact No. 1
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Kevin Costner first hit big-screen fame with his roles in "Bull Durham" and "Field of Dreams." Before long, the Hollywood actor was writing and producing his own work, and in 1990 Costner came out with "Dances With Wolves," a film that won seven Oscar Awards.

Most recently, Costner has been seen in "Hatfield's and McCoy's" on HBO. For his work in this miniseries, Costner won an Emmy Award in the "Best Actor" category.

Costner was born Jan. 18, 1955 in Lynwood, Calif. Today, we celebrate his 59th birthday by providing these five quick trivia facts. Read on and use them to impress your friends.

Kevin Costner fact No. 1
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Kevin Costner fact No. 1

Kevin Costner appeared in his first film, titled Silverado, in 1985. He earned the role after working with director Lawrence Kasdan on a previous film. All of Costner's scenes had been deleted from that earlier film, so he didn't appear in the movie at all.

Kevin Costner fact No. 2
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Kevin Costner fact No. 2

Kevin Costner spent more than 18 months filming Dances with Wolves, and five of those months were spent in South Dakota. Costner wrote and directed the film himself.

Kevin Costner fact No. 3
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Kevin Costner fact No. 3

Kevin Costner also is a musician. He has released three albums with his band, which is called Modern West. The band tours regularly, and their first album was called "Untold Truths."

Kevin Costner fact No. 4
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Kevin Costner fact No. 4

Kevin Costner is a big sports fan and frequently plays in celebrity golf tournaments, including the Pebble Beach Pro-Am and BMW Pro-Am. He's also a fan of Arsenal.

Kevin Costner fact No. 5
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Kevin Costner fact No. 5

Kevin Costner has seven children: Cayden Wyatt, Hayes Logan, Avery Grace, Annie, Lily, Joe and Liam. He has been married to Christine Baumgartner, pictured, who is the mother of the first three children listed, since 2004.