Kevin Costner

Costner and his wife Christine Baumgartner, in 2003, image via Joe Seer /

Birth Name: Kevin Michael Costner

Place of Birth: Lynwood, Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: January 18, 1955

Ethnicity: English, German, Swiss-German, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, remote French Huguenot

Kevin Costner is an American actor, director, producer, and musician. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for Dances with Wolves (1990). He has also starred in the films Silverado, Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, Thirteen Days, and the show Yellowstone, among many other roles.

Kevin is the son of Sharon Rae (Tedrick) and William Costner. His paternal great-great-great-grandfather, John Levi Costner, was of German descent, making Kevin of 1/32 German descent through that line. Kevin also has German and Swiss-German ancestry through other lines. Most of the remainder of Kevin’s ancestry is English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, and remote French Huguenot.

Kevin has stated that his paternal grandfather was of partial Cherokee ancestry. No Native American ancestors are listed in any of the publicly available in-depth genealogies of Kevin’s grandfather. Kevin’s grandfather and great-grandparents are listed as “White” on several U.S. Censuses.

Kevin is married to model and handbag designer Christine Baumgartner. He has three children, including Lily Costner, with his former wife Cindy Silva; a son with his former partner Bridget Rooney; and three children with Christine. Through his father’s Costner family, Kevin is related to baseball player Jim Joe Edwards, whose mother’s maiden name was Costner.

Kevin’s paternal grandfather was Walter Madison Costner (the son of Moses Amarah/Amariah/Amaziah Costner and Maudie/Maude Ann Langston). Walter was born in Oklahoma. Moses was the son of John Andrew Jackson Costner and Nancy Ann Stewart. Maudie was the daughter of Henry J. Langston and Nancy Margaret Houser/Mays.

Kevin’s paternal grandmother was Lillie Mae/May Reno/Reyno (the daughter of William Logan Reno/Reyno and Murrell/Minnie Rue Wilkins). Lillie was born in Arkansas or Missouri.

Kevin’s maternal grandfather was Clyde Asbury Tedrick (the son of Robert E. Tedrick and Dora M. Cook). Clyde was born in Illinois. Robert was the son of John Fredrick/Franklin Tedrick and Delilah Smith. Dora was the daughter of Beverly Nelson Cook and Amy Julia Tucker.

Kevin’s maternal grandmother was Verna Margaret Manring (the daughter of Grover Julius Manring and Stella/Estella M. Byars). Verna was born in Illinois. Grover was the son of Charles Noel Manring and Ann Eliza Burns. Stella was the daughter of Washington Byars and Susan/Susannah Beck.

Sources: Genealogies of Kevin Costner –

Information about, and pictures of, Kevin’s father’s Costner family –

Kevin’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Kevin’s paternal grandfather, Walter Madison Costner, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Walter Madison Costner on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Kevin’s paternal great-grandfather, Moses Amarah/Amariah/Amaziah Costner, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Kevin’s paternal grandmother, Lillie Mae/May Reno/Reyno, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Kevin’s paternal great-grandparents, William Logan Reno/Reyno and Murrell/Minnie Rue Wilkins, on the 1900 U.S. Census –
William Logan Reno/Reyno and Murrell/Minnie Rue Wilkins on the 1920 U.S. Census –

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13 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    It would be interesting to trace futher back his Reno/Reyno line. It does not seem of Anglo origin but rather French, from “Renaud” or something.

  2. I love you, Roger Scientist says:

    When Anne Hathaway plays Pocahontas, he should be the chief instead and Brad Pitt can be her brother!

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