COSTNER RECALLS 'MOMENTOUS DAY'

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Actor Kevin Costner, winner of the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie for "Hatfields & McCoys," poses backstage at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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Actor Kevin Costner, winner of the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie for "Hatfields …

Kevin Costner now has an Emmy to go with the Oscars and Golden Globes that mark a long and successful journey since the day he first told his parents he had decided to become an actor.

That news didn't go down well in his blue-collar Southern California household. His mother was a welfare worker and his father an electrician and later a utility executive.

"My father turned around and said, 'What? How are you going to make a living, how are you going to take care of somebody?" Costner recalled backstage at Sunday's Emmys. "In his mind I was throwing everything away."

He had earned a college degree in marketing and finance, but never wanted to use it.

"There was a moment in time where I knew exactly what I wanted to be and I needed to explain that to my parents," he said, adding it was "a really momentous thing."

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