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Actor: Kevin Costner

With Tin Cup, Field of Dreams, Bull Durham, and For Love of the Game, Kevin Costner stakes his claim to being the best actor of all time in sports movies. Uploaded by

Kevin Costner is the greatest sports movie actor of all time. Now, that in itself may not be enough to secure a place on a list like this. But he’s had enough success in other genres to supplement his sports movie success to make me comfortable with the selection. Most of all, I just like the guy.

Costner almost had his breakthrough role in the hit The Big Chill – except his scenes were famously cut from the finished film. It would be two more years, in his twelfth picture, before Silverado helped bring him to the public’s – and Hollywood’s – attention. Here are some of his most notable movies:

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  • Silverado (1985)
  • The Untouchables (1987)
  • No Way Out (1987)
  • Bull Durham (1988)
  • Field of Dreams (1989)
  • Dances With Wolves (1990 – Nominee, Actor; Winner, Director)
  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
  • JFK (1991)
  • The Bodyguard (1992)
  • Wyatt Earp (1994)
  • Tin Cup (1996)
  • For Love of the Game (1999)

In my opinion, Bull Durham is the best baseball movie ever. And Field of Dreams is in my top 10 all-time favorite movies. Both have rightfully found a place on this blog. Costner carried them both, and was entirely believable. He’s not always made the best choices – in fact, his last decade is almost entirely forgettable – but the above list includes some terrific movies. So Kevin, as a voice one time said: Go the distance.


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