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Kevin Costner chosen as Calgary Stampede parade marshal

Updated: Nov 14, 2022

CBC NEWS: U.S. actor filmed Open Range and Let Him Go outside of the city.


CBC News · Posted: May 31, 2022.

Kevin Costner has been selected as the 2022 Calgary Stampede parade marshal. (Calgary Stampede) comments The Calgary Stampede parade marshal for 2022 will be Kevin Costner, officials announced on Tuesday.


In a video message accompanying the news release, the Academy Award-winning actor and director said he was honoured to be chosen and noted he has a personal connection to Calgary and Alberta.

"I have a lot of fond memories of being in Calgary. It has made a big difference to me in my life to make Open Range and Let Him Go there. It's one of the most beautiful spots," he said.

The tradition of the Stampede Parade carries on with legendary actor, producer, director and musician Kevin Costner as this year’s Parade Marshal! Come see the Yellowstone star open the Calgary Stampede on Friday, July 8.

"On July 8, I'll be there and I'm really honoured to be a part of what you have done for so long and carry on a tradition. See you at the Parade."

Costner has starred in a long list of hit movies and TV series, including No Way Out, The Untouchables, Bull Durham, Field of Dreams and Dances with Wolves, which won seven Academy Awards, including best director for Costner.

Since 2018 he has played John Dutton, patriarch of the Dutton family, on the award-winning television show Yellowstone.

XL 103 Calgary.

"A modern-day western, the show is filmed in the rolling hills and Rocky Mountains of Darby, Montana, which is reflected in Costner's love of western heritage and culture," the Stampede said in a release. Costner is also a musician and he and his band, Modern West, will be performing at The Big Four Roadhouse following his marshal duties on the evening of July 8.

The Calgary Stampede Parade begins at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 8, with the prelude beginning at 7:30 a.m.

" The 2022 Calgary Stampede Parade will also welcome third-generation rancher John Scott as honourary parade marshal. Scott’s company John Scott Productions is also heavily involved in the local film industry. "

Learn more: @keepalbertarolling.

Kevin Costner is going to be Calgary Stampede Parade Marshall & perform with his band Kevin Costner & Modern West at the festivities this year - a great advocate for Alberta and friend to the Alberta film industry, he has filmed Open Range & Let Him Go here - Yahooooo. @keepalbertarolling.

Kevin Michael Costner was born on January 18, 1955 in Lynwood, California, the third child of Bill Costner, a ditch digger and ultimately an electric line servicer for Southern California Edison, and Sharon Costner (née Tedrick), a welfare worker. His older brother, Dan, was born in 1950. A middle brother died at birth in 1953. His father's job required him to move regularly, which caused Kevin to feel like an Army kid, always the new kid at school, which led to him being a daydreamer. As a teen, he sang in the Baptist church choir, wrote poetry, and took writing classes. At 18, he built his own canoe and paddled his way down the rivers that Lewis & Clark followed to the Pacific. Despite his present height, he was only 5'2" when he graduated high school. Nonetheless, he still managed to be a basketball, football and baseball star. In 1973, he enrolled at California State University at Fullerton, where he majored in business. During that period, Kevin decided to take acting lessons five nights a week. He graduated with a business degree in 1978 and married his college sweetheart, Cindy Costner. He initially took a marketing job in Orange County. Everything changed when he accidentally met Richard Burton on a flight from Mexico. Burton advised him to go completely after acting if that is what he wanted. He quit his job and moved to Hollywood soon after. He drove a truck, worked on a deep sea fishing boat, and gave bus tours to stars' homes before finally making his own way into the films. After making one soft core sex film, he vowed to not work again if that was the only work he could do. He didn't work for nearly six years, while he waited for a proper break. That break came with The Big Chill (1983), even though his scenes ended up on the cutting room floor -- he was remembered by director Lawrence Kasdan when he decided to make Silverado (1985). Costner's career took off after that.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: John Sacksteder

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