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Overview (4)

Born in Lansing, Michigan, USA
Birth NameSteven Frederic Seagal
Nicknames The Great One
Lord Steven
The Master of Aikido
Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Steven Frederic Seagal was born in Lansing, Michigan, to Patricia Anne (Fisher), a medical technician, and Samuel Seagal, a high school math teacher. His paternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, and his mother had English, German, and distant Irish and Dutch, ancestry. The enigmatic Seagal commenced his martial arts training at the age of seven under the tutelage of well-known karate instructor and author Fumio Demura, and in the 1960s commenced his aikido training in Orange County, CA, under the instruction of Harry Ishisaka. Seagal received his first dan accreditation in 1974, after he had moved to Japan to further his martial arts training. After spending many years there honing his skills, he achieved the ranking of a 7th dan in the Japanese martial art "aikido" and was instructing wealthy clients in Los Angeles when he came to the attention of Hollywood power broker Michael Ovitz.

Ovitz saw star value in the imposing-looking Seagal. The high-octane action movie genre was in full swing in the late 1980s, and Seagal's debut movie, "Above the Law", was wildly received by action fans and actually received some complimentary critical reviews. He followed up "Above the Law" with another slam-bang thriller, Hard to Kill (1990), as a cop shot in an ambush by the mob who revives from a coma to take his revenge. The movie also starred Seagal's wife at the time, leggy Kelly LeBrock, who was married to him from 1987 to 1996 and is the mother of three of his children. His next outing was battling voodoo-using Jamaican drug "posses" in the hyper-violent Marked for Death (1990), before returning to fight psychotic mob gangster William Forsythe in the even more punishing Out for Justice (1991). Seagal was by now enormously popular, and his next movie, the big-budgeted Under Siege (1992), set aboard the battleship USS Missouri and also starring Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey, was arguably his best film to date, impressing both fans and critics alike.

Seagal's fighting style was rather different from that of other on-screen martial arts dynamos such as Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme, who were predominantly fighters from striking arts background such as karate or tang soo do. However, aikido is built around using an opponent's inertia and body weight to employ various locks, chokes and holds that incapacitate him. Seagal carries himself differently, too, and often appears wearing Italian designer clothes and usually favors an all-black outfit, generally with a three-quarter-length coat with an elaborate trim. Additionally, Seagal's on-screen characters were often seemingly benign or timid individuals; however, when the going gets rough they reveal themselves to be deadly ex-CIA operatives, or retired Special Forces soldiers capable of enormous destruction!

As his box-office drawing power grew, Seagal began to infuse his film projects with his personal and spiritual beliefs, especially concerning the abuse of the environment. He appeared as an oil fire expert who turns against his corrupt CEO (played by Michael Caine) in On Deadly Ground (1994) to save the Eskimo population from an oil disaster; in Fire Down Below (1997) he plays an environmental agency troubleshooter investigating the dumping of toxic waste in Kentucky coal mines, and in the slow-moving The Patriot (1998) he plays a medical specialist trying to stop a lethal virus unleashed by an extremist group.

Action fans struggled to come to terms with social messaging being built into bone-crunching fight films; however, Seagal's box-office clout remained fairly strong, and more traditional chopsocky projects followed with the "buddy cop" film The Glimmer Man (1996), then almost a cameo role as a Navy SEAL alongside CIA analyst Kurt Russell before Seagal is sucked out of a jet at 35,000 feet in Executive Decision (1996).

In 1999 Seagal took a different turn in his film projects with the surprising genteel Prince of Central Park (2000), about a child living inside NYC's most famous park. He returned to more familiar territory with further high-voltage, guns-blazing action in Exit Wounds (2001), Half Past Dead (2002), Out for a Kill (2003) and Belly of the Beast (2003).

Unbeknownst to many, in 1997 Seagal publicly announced that one of his Buddhist teachers, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, had accorded Seagal as a tulku, the reincarnation of a Buddhist Lama. This initial announcement was met with some disbelief until Penor Rinpoche himself gave a confirmation statement on Seagal's new title. Seagal has repeatedly discussed his involvement in Buddhism and how he devotes many hours studying and meditating this ancient Eastern religion.

While his box-office appeal has somewhat declined from his halcyon blockbusters of the mid-'90s, Seagal still has a very loyal fan base in the action movie genre and continues to remain a highly bankable star.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44@hotmail.com

Family (4)

Spouse Erdenetuya Batsukh (2009 - present)  (1 child)
Kelly LeBrock (5 September 1987 - 1996)  (divorced)  (3 children)
Adrienne Larussa (31 May 1984 - September 1987)  (annulled)
Miyako Fujitani (December 1974 - 1987)  (divorced)  (2 children)
Children Seagal, Annaliza
Seagal, Dominick
Arissa Le Brock
Kentaro Seagal
Ayako Fujitani
Seagal, Kunzang
Parents Fisher, Patricia Anne
Seagal, Samuel
Relatives Seagal, Brenda (sibling)

Trade Mark (14)

In all of his films, he is seen holding a Colt M1911A1 semi-automatic pistol. He owns several in his private collection.
Uses Aikido in fight scenes
Quiet, husky voice
Corrugated eyes
Towering height
Hulking frame
Aquiline features.
His films usually have three words in the title
Usually plays former government agents or military personnel
Often plays characters named John, Jack or Jake (most notably John Alexander)
Physically dominates opponents in all his fight scenes, rarely if ever being hit himself
His films often reflect his conservative political views and interest in environmentalism
Frequently works with directors Keoni Waxman (10 times), Don E. FauntLeRoy and Michael Keusch (3 times each)

Trivia (53)

Is the first foreigner ever to own and operate an Aikido dojo in Japan. Known as "Master Take Shigemichi", he was the chief instructor at the Aikido Tenshin Dojo in the city of Osaka.
Has three children with Kelly LeBrock: Annaliza Seagal, Dominick Seagal, and Arissa Le Brock.
Has a 7th degree Master rank in Aikido. Seagal also hold black belts in Judo, Kendo, and Shito-Ryu karate (under Fumio Demura) and trained with the Machado brothers in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Dan Inosanto in Kali/Eskrima/Arnis.
His love of guitar and appreciation of rasta music led him to study with a teacher in Jamaica, where he owns a vacation home.
His Santa Inez (CA) home includes 200 acres planted with cabernet grapes, which are sold to wineries after harvesting.
Has been a bodyguard.
Broke Sean Connery's wrist when he was teaching him martial arts during the filming of Never Say Never Again (1983).
His first seven films were all starring roles, ending with Executive Decision (1996).
Is a singer and guitarist.
Has worked with Damian Chapa and Byron Mann in two of his films as his teammates. He worked with Chapa in Under Siege (1992), in which Chapa is a fellow sailor, and with Mann in Belly of the Beast (2003), in which Mann's character is his friend and partner.
Owns a very large collection of guitars and samurai swords.
While his acting in Above the Law (1988) gained praise from the likes of Roger Ebert, Seagal has repeatedly faced criticism from both critics and fans who accuse him of playing the same character in many of his movies, as well as displaying a lack of emotional range. In fact, some people refer to embracing typecasting as "Seagalism."
The February 17, 1989, draft of the screenplay for Hard to Kill (1990) credits Steven Pressfield & Ronald Shusett & Steven Seagal as writers. Pressfield & Shusett are not credited in the final film and Seagal only received an acting credit.
Speaks Japanese fluently.
All of his main leading role movies have been rated R except for Half Past Dead (2002) which was the only Seagal film to be PG-13.
He and Jackie Chan are friends and Chan offered him the role of the villain in Rush Hour 3 (2007), but Seagal turned it down.
Used to own a production company with Julius R. Nasso called Seagal/Nasso Productions from 1994-2000.
As of 2006, his movies have earned $600 million worldwide.
Discovered by then-head of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Michael Ovitz, who was one of Seagal's martial arts students.
Father of Savannah Seagal with Arissa Wolf.
He agreed to star in Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995) if Warner Bros. allowed him to direct On Deadly Ground (1994).
Owns new production company Streamroller Productions with Bing Dang and Joe Halpin after his old production company Seagal/Nasso Productions dissolved.
His movies that were produced between 2003 and 2009, were released direct to video (although The Patriot (1998) and Ticker (2001) had the same fate). This ended with Robert Rodriguez's Machete (2010).
Was asked to play a cameo in Sylvester Stallone's The Expendables (2010), but had to turn it down because of his fallout relationship with producer Avi Lerner. However, Seagal joined in another big ensemble film, Machete (2010).
For almost twenty years, Seagal has been working as a fully commissioned deputy with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana.
Was already thirty-six when he made his acting debut in Above the Law (1988).
Lives in Jefferson Parish in Louisiana while he works as a police officer.
While filming an episode of Steven Seagal: Lawman (2009), the torso of one of his daughters shows up in the background of a shot while the crew is filming the training of Steven's two German Shepherds.
Has been visiting children's hospitals for more than 25 years, and has stated that he will continue to do so until the day that he dies.
Offered his fellow Sheriff's Deputies free tickets to a concert benefiting the New Orleans Children's Hospital. They accepted the offer and attended the concert.
Has another child with Arissa (the nanny during his marriage to Kelly LeBrock, for which their third child was named after).
Has a sister named Brenda who lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The UFC and MMA Brazilian fighter Anderson Silva (aka "The Spider") has learned some moves with him.
Steven's mother, Patricia Anne (Fisher), was born in Michigan, and Steven's father, Samuel Seagal, was born in Rhode Island. Steven's paternal grandparents, Nathan Seagal (originally Siegelman) and Dora Goldstein, were Russian Jewish immigrants. Steven's maternal grandparents, Fred Joseph Fisher and Lanah Irene Lewis, were from families that had lived in the United States for many generations. Steven's mother had English, German, and distant Irish and Dutch, ancestry.
In an interview on Reelz Channel (aired January 4, 2013), he stated he has worked with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN, for over twenty-five years.
Appeared in Mountain Dew commercial. [April 2004]
Is involved with an energy drink line, Lightning Bolt, that is available at Wal-Mart. [March 2006]
(January 5, 2014) According to The Washington Times, Steven Seagal announced that he is considering running for the governorship of Arizona.
Typically spends only three hours a day on set.
Claimed in 1993 that his daily exercise regime comprised a two-hour workout of cardiovascular exercise (treadmill) and weightlifting, followed by private martial art instruction.
(November 3, 2016) Steven Seagal received Russian citizenship.
Married second wife Adrienne Larussa before his divorce from first wife Miyako Fujitani was finalized (they married in Japan). He eventually had the marriage to Larussa annulled when he began dating third wife Kelly LeBrock, who became pregnant with the couple's first child.
Steven Seagal acquired Serbian citizenship on January 10, 2016.
Attended Buena Park high school in Orange County, CA where students knew him as Steve Seagull.
By most accounts, he is notoriously difficult to work with. Several actors reported arguments and even brawls with the hot-tempered actor whenever he perceives insults against his person. He is known to openly criticize and belittle cast and crew members on set, and his bankable action hero status in the 1990s also had him often demanding script rewrites on the spot.
He was among the actors considered for the title role in Batman (1989).
Is a producer or executive producer on nearly all the projects he's acted in, essentially funding a good portion of his career himself.
Since his debut in 1988 Seagal has had top billing in 1-2 films every year, with the exceptions of 1989, 1993, 1999 and 2000. In both 2005 and 2009 he had no less than 4 starring roles; in 2016 he had 6. However, since 2002 the amount of time he's actually on-screen has greatly varied from movie to movie, with many of his post-2010 films making him a prominent but ultimately minor part of an ensemble cast. He had no releases in 2020 or 2021, but several projects are in various stages of pre-production.
Has played a villain only once, in Machete (2010). It is also one of only two films in which he is defeated in a fight scene, the other being China Salesman (2017).
He gained a reputation in the 80s and 90s for not pulling his punches during fight scenes and deliberately hitting stuntmen. Stunt performers and coordinators such as Kane Hodder, Stephen Quadros and Gene LeBell have publicly criticized and refused to work with him over this. In addition, actors William Forsythe and John Leguizamo have recounted incidents where he physically assaulted them on set in response to perceived slights (on Out for Justice (1991) and Executive Decision (1996), respectively).
Is a known supporter of Russian president, Vladimir Putin.

Personal Quotes (14)

I am hoping that I can be known as a great writer and actor some day, rather than a sex symbol.
[on what he thinks are the most important lessons that one should strive to live by in Aikido] Try to find the path of least resistance and use it without harming others. Live with integrity and morality, not only with people but with all beings.
[on his feelings regarding past movies] Hollywood is a mercurial place where people are sort of . . . a victim of their environment and how the environment changes. Movies that would be timely now, ten years from now would be passé and nobody would be interested in the subjects. All the movies that I have done I have not been in control of. Sometimes there is a contractual situation where you go to the studio and they kind of tell you which ones they want you to do. Be that as it may, I have also been lucky in the sense that I have been able to make environmentally conscientious movies as well as politically conscientious movies. Above the Law (1988) was a politically conscientious movie. On Deadly Ground (1994) was environmentally conscientious, so I want to keep making movies like that which are more geared with a certain entertainment value but also bring people forward into contemplation.
[on President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo of the Philippines] I've never met her, but my impression of her is that she's very straight, sincere, honest, really talented president, and I hope she gets re-elected.
[on actors who become political leaders] [Ronald Reagan] was a pretty good one, but I think it really depends on the situation.
The secret is not to act, but to be.
Action films are great, but an action film that has characters that are compelling and a story that people can care about is something even better. We love to see action heroes that are vulnerable, that are sensitive, that are family people, that are accessible.
False FBI accusations fueled thousands of articles saying that I terrorize journalists and associate with the Mafia . . . these kinds of inflammatory allegations scare studio heads and independent producers -- and kill careers.
[on rumors that he is difficult to work with] I think if I'm with professional people, I'm easy to work with. But it's real hard for me if I have to work with somebody who doesn't know what they're doing. Because my name and my reputation are on the line.
There are millions and millions of people in America who have dual and multiple citizenship. What makes it controversial is all of the propaganda flying about Russia itself
[on American athletes who refuse to stand during the national anthem before games]I think it's outrageous, I think it's a joke, it's disgusting. I respect the American flag. I myself have risked my life countless times for the American flag and I don't understand or agree with this kind of behavior. I think it's an outrage
[on Donald Trump becoming president]I think that we have a really unfortunate situation in the sense that even though he was democratically elected, there are so many people out there that don't think that's the case. We have a ton of enemies within
We have these Democrats that have this whole other agenda to kind of, when I say Democrats it's not just the Democrats, but there are this whole group of leftover Obama-ites and people that feel they should overthrow Trump, and any decisions he makes, anything he tries to do, he gets blocked so often from the enemies within, so it's very difficult for him to do anything
For anyone to think that Vladimir Putin had anything to do with fixing the elections, or even that the Russians have that kind of technology, is stupid. This kind of propaganda is really a diversion

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