Kevin Costner……as Ray Kinsella
If any actor in Hollywood owes his career to the national pastime, it would surely be Kevin Costner. With the tandem success of back-to-back baseball movies, Field of Dreams and Bull Durham, Costner leapt to A-list status as cinema’s new everyman. In Field, he plays Ray Kinsella, the corn farmer who hears voices telling him to build a baseball field so “he will come.” A year later, Costner defied a horde of naysayers and used his box-office clout to empower his ambitious production Dances with Wolves. The epic Western went on to win him a 1990 Best Picture Oscar® and Best Director honors, and numerous awards and critical acclaim. Costner remains one of Hollywood’s most successful film stars with credits that include The Untouchables, No Way Out, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, The Bodyguard, JFK, Wyatt Earp, Tin Cup, Message in a Bottle and For Love of the Game.
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James Earl Jones……as Terence Mann
Though his acting talents are prodigious, James Earl Jones will always be acclaimed for his booming and fluid speaking voice. The deep baritone that signals a CNN sign-on and supplies narration for countless documentaries and TV spots also makes him revered by film fans as the voice behind the villainous Darth Vader of the Star Wars series and the regal Mufasa in The Lion King. In Field of Dreams, Jones performs onscreen as retired beat writer Terence Mann. Screenwriter/director Phil Alden Robinson had Jones in mind when he adapted the Shoeless Joe novel for the bigscreen, and the collaboration brought Jones back to the diamond for one in a series of baseball films that began with 1976’s The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars, and continued with Matewan (1987) and The Sandlot (1994). His big film break came in 1963’s Dr. Strangelove, and other notable bigscreen credits include The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, Cry the Beloved Country, Coming to America, Sneakers and A Family Thing.
Amy Madigan……as Annie Kinsella
Amy Madigan’s role as the spunky Annie Kinsella provides a multitude of memorable screen moments in Field of Dreams, both in unwavering support for her husband’s crazy dream field, and in her spirited defense of writer Terence Mann during a book-banning PTA meeting. Madigan’s vibrant presence can be seen in her Oscar®-nominated supporting role as Sunny in 1985’s Twice of a Lifetime. Her other credits include Places in the Heart, Uncle Buck, Nowhere to Hide, And Then There Was One, Alamo Bay, Streets of Fire, The Dark Half, Loved, Female Perversions, and TV’s “Roe vs. Wade.” Madigan is married to fellow screenstar Ed Harris (Apollo 13, The Rock.)
Burt Lancaster……as Archie “Doc” Graham
During his remarkable acting career, Burt Lancaster played a range of roles, from his 1946 debut film The Killers through his last film as the kindly “Doc” Graham in Field of Dreams. Originally a circus acrobat, Lancaster applied that bigtop grace and athleticism to a successful 40-year career that was highlighted by a Best Actor Oscar for his performance as a fire- eating preacher in Elmer Gantry (1960) and Academy Award, nominations for Atlantic City, Birdman of Alcatraz and From Here to Eternity. Also an accomplished film producer, Lancaster appeared in over 80 films before his death in 1994 at the age of 80. Other credits include Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Judgment at Nuremberg, Vera Cruz, 1900, and The Swimmer.
Ray Liotta…… as “Shoeless Joe” Jackson
Ray Liotta’s heroic performance in Field of Dreams as “Shoeless Joe” Jackson was something of a departure from the villainous characters of his early films. The range he showed as the embattled baseball legend propelled him to a lead role in Martin Scorsese’s renowned Good Fellas (1990) as mafia runner Henry Hill. The intense performance was typical of Liotta, whose edgy villain in 1987’s Something Wild earned him a Golden Globe Nomination. Other notable credits include Dominick and Eugene, Article 99, Operation Dumbo Drop, Unlawful Entry, No Escape, Turbulence, Corrina, Corrina and Cop Land.
Other cast members:
Timothy Busfield (Mark), Gaby Hoffman (Karin), Frank Whaley (Young Archie), Dwier Brown (John Kinsella), James Andelin (Farmer), Mary Anne Kean (Feed Store Lady), Fern Persons (Annie’s Mother), Kelly Coffield (Dee), Michael Milhoan (Buck Weaver), Steve Eastin (Eddie Cicotte), Charles Hoyes (Swede Risberg), Art LaFleur (Chick Gandil), Lee Garlington (Beaulah, Angry PTA Member), Mike Nussbaum (Principal), Larry Brandenburg (PTA Heckler), Mary McDonald Gershon (PTA Heckler), Robert Kurcz (PTA Heckler), Don John Ross (Boston Butcher), Beatrice Fredman (Boston Yenta), Geoffrey Nauffts (Boston Pump Jockey), Anne Seymour, (Chisolm Newspaper Publisher).