Steven Seagal Biography

Steven Seagal is a famous American actor, director, martial artist and reserve deputy sheriff. This biography profiles his childhood, career, life, achievements and timeline.

Quick Facts

Birthday: April 10, 1952

Nationality: American

Famous: Humanitarian Philanthropists

Age: 67 Years, 67 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Aries

Also Known As: Take Sensei, Steven Frederic Seagal

Born in: Lansing, Michigan, U.S.

Famous as: Actor & Martial Artist

Height: 6'4" (193 cm), 6'4" Males

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Spouse/Ex-: Miyako Fujitani (1974-87; divorced) Adrienne La Russa

father: Samuel Steven Seagal

mother: Patricia (1930–2003)Seagal

children: Ayako Fujitani

U.S. State: Michigan

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education: Buena Park High School

awards: 1999 - PETA Humanitarian Award

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Steven Seagal is a renowned American actor and a 7th-dan black belt in Aikido. He started off as an Aikido instructor in Japan. Success followed him all the way to Los Angeles, California, where he was offered his first film, ‘Above the Law’. He then went on to appear in a number of other films including ‘Under the Siege’, ‘On Deadly Ground’ and ‘Under Siege 2: Dark Territory’. Although he did not become an instant commercial hit in Hollywood, he definitely went on to make a mark as a talented martial artist cum actor, whose skills were used in typical action, martial arts films. He soon went on to appear in a number of low-budget direct-to-video films for a period of time and returned to the big screen in the film, ‘Machete’. Apart from being an actor, he also led an interesting parallel career as a reserve deputy sheriff. When he took a break from acting, he focused more on his personal business ventures, one of which is called ‘Seagal Enterprises’ and the other, his own reality show, ‘Steven Seagal: Lawman’. He is also currently an environmentalist, animal rights activist and a supporter of the Tibetan independence movement.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • Steven Frederic Seagal was born on April 10, 1952 to Samuel Steven and Patricia in Lansing, Michigan. His mother was a medical technician and his father was a high school teacher. He is of Jewish-Irish ancestry.
  • The family shifted to Fullerton, where he studied at Buena Park High School in Buena Park.
  • He got a job as a dishwasher in a restaurant, ‘The Wagon Wheel’. Since he was extremely swift on his feet, the cook, who was a Japanese Shotokan karate expert, observed him and decided to give him some training on the basics of karate.
  • He then went on to learn aikido under Harry Kiyoshi Ishisaka in 1964. In his late teens, he moved to Japan with his father, who was visiting the country for military reasons and decided to remain in Japan permanently.
  • Soon enough, he earned a 7th dan degree and Shihan in aikido and became the first foreigner in Japan to operate an aikido dojo.
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  • His first tete-a-tete with Hollywood was when he worked as a martial arts coordinator for the film, ‘The Challenge’, which released in 1982.
  • After becoming the head of ‘Tenshin Aikido’ in Osaka, he moved to the US in 1983, where he opened an aikido dojo in North Hollywood. The same year, he worked as a martial arts coordinator for the film ‘Never Say Never Again’.
  • In 1988, he was approached to write and coordinate the martial arts sequences for, ‘Above the Law’, directed by Andrew Davis. He was also cast in the film as ‘Nico Toscani’. Two years later, he was seen in the films, ‘Hard to Kill’ and ‘Marked for Death’.
  • The 1991 film, ‘Out for Justice’ along with the other two films, ‘Hard to Kill’ and ‘Marked for Death’, made him a national superstar.
  • However, he got his first proper breakthrough in the blockbuster hit, ‘Under Siege’ as Casey Ryback, in 1992. Two years later, he appeared in a mediocre film, ‘On Deadly Ground’, which he also directed.
  • In 1995, he starred in the sequel of ‘Under Siege’, which went on to become one of his most commercially successful films titled, ‘Under Siege 2: Dark Territory’. The next year, he also starred in ‘The Glimmer Man’ and ‘Executive Decision’.
  • He made an environmentally friendly film, ‘Fire Down Below’ in 1997, where he played the role of an EPA agent fighting moguls discarding toxic waste. However, the film did not do well at the box-office and his contract with Warner Bros. ended with the movie.
  • In 1998, he starred in a direct-to-video film, ‘The Patriot’, which he also produced. He then appeared as himself in ‘Get Bruce’ the following year’.
  • From 2001 to 2003, he was seen in the movies, ‘Exit Wounds’, ‘Ticker’, ‘Half Past Dead’, ‘The Foreigner’, ‘Out for a Kill’ and ‘Belly of the Beast’.
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  • Apart from being a martial artist and actor, he is also a keen guitarist. He released his debut album, ‘Songs from the Crystal Cave’, in 2005. The same year, the film, ‘Into the Sun’, featured a number of tracks from his album.
  • His second album, ‘Mojo Priest’ was released in April 2006 and he spent the rest of the year touring the United States and Europe with his band to support the album.
  • Since he worked as a Reserve Deputy Chief in the Jefferson Parish, he decided to capitalize on his law enforcement work and began shooting for his show, ‘Steven Seagal: Lawman’, which premiered in 2009 and ran for a number of seasons. Apart from his show, he starred in ‘The Keeper’ and ‘Driven to Kill’.
  • In 2010, he returned to mainstream Hollywood with the movie ‘Machete’ where he played the role of ‘Rogelio Torrez’. The same year, he also starred in ‘Sheep Impact’.
  • From 2011 to 2013, he appeared in ‘Born to Raise Hell’, ‘Maximum Conviction’, ‘Gunshot Straight’ and ‘Force of Execution’.
Major Works
  • He starred in ‘Under Siege’ in 1992, which is considered one of his most commercially successful films till date. The movie went on to collect $156,563,139 at the box office and spawned a popular sequel, ‘Under Siege 2: Dark Territory’. In 2001, the movie was seen in the list of ‘100 Years… 100 Thrills’.
Awards & Achievements
  • He was conferred a PETA Humanitarian Award, in 1999.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Seagal married Miyako Fujitani in 1974. He had two children from her; both of whom went on to become extremely popular in their fields. He left her in 1987.
  • While his divorce with Fujitani was still not finalised, he married Adrienne La Russa.
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  • While he was married to La Russa, he fell in love with Kelly LeBrock and she became pregnant with his child. When this news spread his marriage with La Russa was annulled and he eventually married LeBrock in 1987. He has three children with LeBrock.
  • In 1991, he was accused of sexual harassment by Warner Brothers employees. Four years later, he was once again charged with employment discrimination and sexual harassment by Cheryl Shuman.
  • In 1994, he divorced LeBrock quoting ‘irreconcilable differences’. During this time, he started a new relationship with Arissa Wolf, with whom he has a daughter, Savannah.
  • A lawsuit was filed against the actor in 2010 wherein he was accused of illegal trading of women for sex, sexual harassment and retaliation.
  • He is currently married to Erdenetuya Batsukh with whom he has a son, Kunzang.
  • Apart from his biological children, he is godparent to Yabshi Pan Rinzinwangmo, the lone child of the 10th Panchen Lama of Tibet.
  • He is an active PETA activist and he also supports the Tibetan independence movement.
  • Seagal is a Buddhist.
  • This famous American actor and martial artist’s company manufactures an energy drink called ‘Lightning Bolt’ and an aftershave line called, ‘Scent of Action’.

1. Under Siege (1992)

  (Thriller, Action)

2. Executive Decision (1996)

  (Thriller, Adventure, Action)

3. Above the Law (1988)

  (Action, Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Drama)

4. Hard to Kill (1990)

  (Drama, Action, Crime, Thriller)

5. Marked for Death (1990)

  (Drama, Crime, Thriller, Action, Adventure)

6. Out for Justice (1991)

  (Thriller, Crime, Drama, Action)

7. Machete (2010)

  (Thriller, Crime, Action)

8. Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995)

  (Action, Thriller)

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