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Also Known As: Steven F. Seagal, Steve Seagal Died:
Born: April 10, 1951 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lansing, Michigan, USA Profession: actor, producer, singer, screenwriter, musician, bodyguard, martial arts instructor

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In his 1990s heyday as an action film hero, Steven Seagal's martial arts prowess and earnest social agenda briefly gave competitors like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone a run for their money. However by the end of the decade, Seagal had lost his studio deal with Warner Bros. and was relegated to the world of low budget, direct-to-video films, where he remained in obscurity until he resurfaced in "Steven Seagal: Lawman" (A&E, 2009- ), a reality show that followed the 59-year-old's adventures as a volunteer law enforcement agent. It was hardly a surprising development for an actor who had spent his career enthusiastically aligning himself with his screen characters, adopting their noble adventures as his own and creating a mythical personal background that included wild claims about involvement with covert U.S. government operations and a familiarity with Brooklyn street life. While his arrogance and bravado well-served the Saturday night movie crowd who cheered the justice-seeker to victory in hits like "Hard to Kill" (1990) and "Under Siege" (1992), the hulking, ponytailed actor burned more than a few bridges in show business. Unrelenting bad reviews for his acting, his storyline...

In his 1990s heyday as an action film hero, Steven Seagal's martial arts prowess and earnest social agenda briefly gave competitors like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone a run for their money. However by the end of the decade, Seagal had lost his studio deal with Warner Bros. and was relegated to the world of low budget, direct-to-video films, where he remained in obscurity until he resurfaced in "Steven Seagal: Lawman" (A&E, 2009- ), a reality show that followed the 59-year-old's adventures as a volunteer law enforcement agent. It was hardly a surprising development for an actor who had spent his career enthusiastically aligning himself with his screen characters, adopting their noble adventures as his own and creating a mythical personal background that included wild claims about involvement with covert U.S. government operations and a familiarity with Brooklyn street life. While his arrogance and bravado well-served the Saturday night movie crowd who cheered the justice-seeker to victory in hits like "Hard to Kill" (1990) and "Under Siege" (1992), the hulking, ponytailed actor burned more than a few bridges in show business. Unrelenting bad reviews for his acting, his storyline contributions, and his directorial debut "On Deadly Ground" (1994) - as well as changing tide in audience taste - all contributed to a career stall by the late 1990s. Instead of wasting time lamenting his lost glory days, the 6'4" actor donned an actual badge and took to the streets where he could continue fulfilling his self-image as a mythical man of honor.

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DIRECTOR:

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  On Deadly Ground (1994) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Absolution (2015)
2.
 Good Man, A (2014)
3.
 Gutshot Straight (2014)
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6.
 Keeper, The (2010)
7.
 Machete (2010)
8.
9.
 Dangerous Man, A (2009)
10.
 Pistol Whipped (2008)
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Saw first demonstration of judo and karate at age 5, during halftime at a football match in Michigan
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Moved to Japan and began studying the martial arts discipline Aikido
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Became a teacher of Aikido in Osaka, making him the first Caucasian to successfully operate a martial arts dojo in Japan
1982:
Served as martial arts co-ordinator for the feature film "The Challenge"
1983:
Hired as a martial arts co-ordinator for the Bond film "Never Say Never Again"
1987:
Returned to the U.S. and set up the martial arts school Ten Shin Dojo in West Hollywood; also set up dojo in Taos, NM
1988:
After being screen tested by Michael Ovitz (then head of CAA), Seagal made his acting debut playing the lead role in "Above the Law"
1990:
Starred with then wife Kelly LeBrock in "Hard to Kill"
1990:
Played a former law enforcement agent in "Marked for Death"
1991:
Cast as an NYPD detective from Brooklyn in the action film "Out for Justice"; also made producing debut
1992:
Achieved mainstream success with "Under Siege" playing a navy cook aboard a ship in peril with Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey
1994:
Made directing debut with "On Deadly Ground"; also produced and co-starred with Michael Caine
1995:
Reprised role for the sequel "Under Siege 2: Dark Territory"
1996:
Had first supporting role in the Kurt Russell film "Executive Decision"
1997:
Played an EPA agent investigating a Kentucky mine in "Fire Down Below"
1998:
First direct to video film, "The Patriot"
1998:
Signed exclusive seven-year contract with Outwest Entertainment to record five albums
2001:
Rejuvenated career with a starring turn in the box-office hit "Exit Wounds"
2001:
Co-starred with Tom Sizemore and Dennis Hopper in the action film "Ticker"
2002:
Co-starred with Morris Chestnut and Ja Rule for the action flick "Half Past Dead"
2003:
Played an ex-CIA agent on a quest to find his kidnapped daughter in the straight-to-video "Belly of the Beast"
2005:
Released his first album, <i>Songs from the Crystal Cave</i>
2005:
Starred in the straight-to-video action film "Black Dawn"
2006:
Produced and starred in the straight-to-video "Attack Force"
2006:
Released second album, <i>Mojo Priest</i>; also toured the U.S. and Europe with his band, Thunderbox, in support of the album
2007:
Starred in and produced the straight-to-video action film "Urban Justice"
2009:
Featured in the A&E reality series "Steven Seagal: Lawman"; series was suspended indefinitely due to the sexual trafficking lawsuit filed against Seagal
2010:
Appeared in the action thriller "Machete," directed by Ethan Maniquis and Robert Rodriguez
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Education

Orange Coast College: Costa Mesa , California -
Buena Park High School: Buena Park , California - 1970

Notes

In March 2002, Seagal and his Steamroller Productions were sued for $60 million by producer Julius Nasso who alleged that the actor breached his contract to appear in four films, one of which, "The Prince of Central Park", was actually made with Harvey Keitel in the role earmarked for Seagal.

"You have to create a conflict, a situation where you have a reluctant hero who wants to just go about his job. Something has to happen to propel him into a situation where he has to step up, at great sacrifice to himself, and get the bad guys. It doesn't work if the bad guys kill his mother's uncle's friend's neighbor's pet dog. You've got to make the stakes high." --Steven Seagal in response to the question: "How important is it in your films to have a woman get shot?" in Movieline, April 1991.

"Seagal starts with one other advantage, too: He has the ominous demeanor of a bad guy, so we're favorable disposed simply out of relief that he's on our side. But his real distinctiveness comes at the moment of the kill. Where some avengers regard the kill as necessary, but distasteful, Seagal savors it. He starts smiling when it's imminent. He may summon the victim with a mocking yoo-hoo, then look him in the eye and growl that nothing is forgiven as he sticks a sword through the slug's throat.

"Or, just as often, Seagal doesn't kill at all. That would be letting these vermin off too easy. Instead, he snaps an arm or a leg, sometimes folding it double." --David Hinckley in Daily News, April 30, 1991.

Seagal commands the title of "Shihan" - the Japanese word for Master of Masters.

According to some sources, Seagal organized security for the departure of the Shah of Iran's family from that country.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Miyako Seagal. Born c. 1948; met in Japan, where she was a dojo owner; married in 1975; divorced in 1986.
wife:
Adrienne La Russa. Filed for an annulment when she found out LeBrock was carrying Seagal's child.
wife:
Kelly LeBrock. Model, actor. Met in Japan; top Dior model; appeared in "Woman in Red" (1984); co-starred in "Hard to Kill"; filed for divorce sighting irreconcilable differences between her and the actor in November 1994.
companion:
Arissa Wolf. Born c. 1975; former nanny to Kelly LeBrock's children; mother of Seagal's daughter Savannah.
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Family close complete family listing

mother:
Patrizia Seagal. Nurse.
son:
Kentaro Seagal. Actor, model. Born c. 1976; mother, Miyako Fujitani.
daughter:
Ayako Seagal. Mother, Miyako Fujitani; born c. 1980.
daughter:
Annaliza Seagal. Born c. 1987; mother, Kelly LeBrock.
son:
Dominic San Rocco Seagal. Born on June 21, 1990; mother, Kelly LeBrock.
daughter:
Arissa Seagal. Born on July 24, 1993; mother, Kelly LeBrock.
daughter:
Savannah Seagal. Born in September 1996; mother, Arissa Wolf.
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