Kevin Costner turns 68! 'Yellowstone' actor is doting family man with wife and 7 kids

Kevin Costner turns 68! 'Yellowstone' actor is doting family man  with wife and 7 kids
Kevin Costner is receiving awards for his 'Yellowstone' performance (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

ASPEN, COLORADO: ‘Yellowstone’ actor Kevin Costner turned 68 today. The veteran actor may now be the face of the mega-hit show as John Dutton, but is well known for many iconic on-screen portrayals in movies like ‘The Bodyguard,’ 'Dances with Wolves' and ‘Waterworld’. Fresh off his recent Golden Globes win, it is no doubt that the actor will be spending this milestone achievement with his wife Christine, and seven children! The Academy Award winner is an excellent husband and a doting father to all of his children.


Costner has been married twice throughout his life. His first wife was Cindy Silva with whom he was married for fourteen years between 1978 to 1994. He had three children with her - Anni, Lily, and Joe. He then married Christine Baumgartner to whom he has been married since 2004. They share three children - Cayden, Logan, and Grace. Costner is also a father to his son Liam through a relationship with actress Bridget Rooney.


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While he may seem like the ideal father now, the road to being a good one was not easy for Costner. Following his first divorce from Silva, Costner was not sure if he wanted any more children. According to Amomama, his relationships right after his marriage collapsed did not work out either and by the time he met his current wife, he was in his 50s. While he continued to be apprehensive about having more children because of self-doubt about his parenting skills, Christine did want to have them. Eventually, Costner relented. "[One day] I woke up and thought, 'Am I going to lose a beautiful woman who is willing to be with me to my very last breath because I am afraid to say yes to a child?' That's all it took."


Christine Baumgartner and Kevin Costner attend the 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards at Barker Hangar on February 27, 2022 in Santa Monica, California. 1184596
Christine Baumgartner and Kevin Costner have been married since 2004. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for WarnerMedia)

Despite his earlier doubts, Costner had come into his role as a father again quite effortlessly. He enjoys his time with his three children much more than he thought he would and prioritizes them above everything else. He continues to act but makes sure to spend all his time away from work with his family. Costner has also shared much about his love for his children and how he raises them. "You've got to get down on the ground and play with them," he said, according to People. "And you teach them to be independent — and the sad part about that is they become that. I'm like any other parent: I'm trying to figure it out."


Actor Kevin Costner (R) and Christine Baumgartner with their children attend the world premiere of
Actor Kevin Costner (R) and Christine Baumgartner share three children. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

Costner lives a regular and very normal life as a family man outside of the sets. "I work as a provider. I'm a father and I'm a husband, but the world doesn't revolve around me," he explained. "When I'm not making a movie, I'm living and on the freeway with my wife, getting the kids to their stuff or I'm waiting for them to come out of a party. I'm just twiddling my thumbs. People have a wrong idea about how my life works."

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