Actor Kevin Costner’s career is lengthy, leaving him still as one of the most recognizable faces in the film industry – and now even television, as the actor has crossed over to the small screen. On the anniversary of iconic singer Whitney Houston’s birthday, the actor’s love for his once co-star still shines bright, as the world still mourns her gigantic loss.
Kevin Costner currently stars on the Paramount Networks sleeper hit, Yellowstone. The show has been renewed for a fourth season and has become a breakout hit. It’s also Costner’s presence on the show that has undoubtedly pushed it to higher heights, as the recognizable movie star still is a force on the silver screen as well. In 2018, the show grew to prominence because of the fact that it became the second-most-watched TV series on cable, only trailing behind mega-hit The Walking Dead.
Costner’s filmography is nothing to shake a stick at, even if his television resume isn’t as long. Achieving “star” status in the late 80’s when he appeared as Elliott Ness in The Untouchables, he solidied his a-lister status with two baseball themed films shortly afterward. Bull Durham and The Field of Dreams made him A-list but it was his film Dances with Wolves, which was directed by Costner and also starred him, that earned him his first 2 Academy Awards – Best Director and Best Picture.
It was his 1992 film The Bodyguard however that paired him with the talented Houston in her acting debut. The film, set around a former Secret Service agent turned bodyguard who is hired to protect a diva in the music business that is being stalked by someone unknown, was a massive hit. It grossed $411 million dollars at the box office and its soundtrack became the best-selling soundtrack of all time, selling more than 45 million copies worldwide thanks to the hit song “I Will Always Love You.”
While Houston’s hit single became the best-selling physical single by a female artist of all time, it was the relationship on screen with Costner that also moved hearts and minds. Though Costner was White, their chemistry in the film is what stuck with viewers and it endured long after the pair parted ways once the movie’s duties were completed. Such a memorable film relationship moved to the real world and Costner shared how Houston’s death moved him in ways that he didn’t expect.
“She was a very important person to me and the world has connected us in a way that we’ll never not be,” Costner told Good Morning America back in 2012 when Whitney passed. “I didn’t really get a full grasp of that until the lead-up to the funeral where people somehow felt that it was important that I say something.”
In addition to giving the eulogy at her funeral, Costner also previously released a statement at the time, wishing that he could have “saved” Houston like he did in his movie role for The Bodyguard.
What would have been Whitney’s 57th birthday just passed on August 9th and her presence is still missed greatly by all.
“She was my one true love”- Kevin Costner on Whitney Houston. pic.twitter.com/dfGYLI1Hkc— Odenigbo (@ChimGAT) August 9, 2020