Steven Seagal
American actor and martial artist
Steven Seagal
Steven Frederic Seagal is an American action film star, producer, writer, martial artist, guitarist and reserve deputy sheriff. A 7th-dan black belt in Aikido, Seagal began his adult life as an Aikido instructor in Japan. He became the first foreigner to operate an Aikido dojo in Japan. He later moved to the Los Angeles, California, area where he made his film debut in 1988 in Above the Law.
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Steven Seagal collects another paycheck with 'Contract to Kill'
LATimes - 3 months
When Islamic terrorists plot to enter the United States through Mexican cartels’ tunnels, only a man who has worked for both the CIA and DEA can keep Americans safe. That man is Harmon, who could only be played by Steven Seagal. In “Contract to Kill,” the martial arts master takes on America’s...
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Thanks to Vladimir Putin, Steven Seagal is now a Russian citizen
LATimes - 4 months
Steven Seagal is now a son of Russia: President Vladimir Putin has granted citizenship to the martial-arts action star.  Seagal, 64, “is known for his warm feelings to our country, he never made a secret of it, and he's also a well-known actor, which gave grounds to make him a Russian citizen,”...
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Steven Seagal Is Now A Citizen Of Russia, Courtesy Of Putin
NPR - 4 months
In recent years, the Russian president reportedly sought to use the movie star as an intermediary with President Obama.
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World Nomad Games: Decapitated goats and Steven Seagal
CNN - 5 months
Steven Seagal, goat-carcass polo and men on fire riding horses through the Kyrgyz countryside -- it sounds like an ambitious pitch for a Hollywood blockbuster.
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Steven Seagal adds star power to Kyrgyzstan nomad games
Reuters.com - 6 months
Actor Steven Seagal added star power as Kyrgyzstan stages the world nomad games with competitions in 23 ethnic sports at the Issyk-Kul lake. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
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Lukashenko treats Steven Seagal to Belarus vegetables
Reuters.com - 6 months
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko welcomes American actor Steven Seagal to his residence in Minsk and feeds him homegrown vegetables. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Undercooked 'Asian Connection' lacks spice
LATimes - 10 months
Even by diminished B-movie standards — and the name Steven Seagal above the title — “Asian Connection,” about a pair of American bank robbers who set up shop in Southeast Asia, is a dumb, boring dud. Though the promotional material might suggest otherwise, the big guy isn’t among the perpetrators. ...
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Steven Seagal takes a bite out of crime (and then some) in dreadful 'Code'
LATimes - 10 months
In the laughably awful “Code of Honor,” Steven Seagal continues his campaign to make minimal onscreen movement, alarming chunkiness, and slurred, whispered threats in a weird Southern drawl, into the greatest assault on disbelief suspension in action filmmaking. He plays Sikes, an ex-special forces...
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A Rare Argument for Facebook (Or How I Learned to Stop Hating High School)
Huffington Post - over 1 year
As anyone who's caught a glimpse of my biceps can surmise, I'm not a violent man. The closest I came to playing a contact sport was Model U.N. Yet, at risk of sounding too Degrassi, in 8th grade I was teased so mercilessly, I started carrying a knife to school. In fairness, it was a Swiss Army Knife. I was more likely to trim my bully's cuticles than stab him. In more fairness, it was a bar mitzvah gift. My other weapon options were a Cross pen, a magnetic backgammon set, four savings bonds and a forest outside of Haifa. I wasn't going to hurt anyone. But helplessness was real. I'm still writing about it, and my therapist can afford a house on the West side. Seems real to me! So, a couple months ago, when I ran into my 8th grade tormentor at the supermarket checkout line, I did what anyone would have done -- I hugged him. And introduced him to my wife. It turns out he (and many others that I had cast as villains in the '80s teen movie of my memory) was actually a good guy. What h ...
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Celebrity Egos
Huffington Post - over 1 year
The largest uncontained and expanding mass on earth is that humongous mound of garbage and debris (estimated to be the size of Texas) floating in the Pacific ocean. Arguably, the second-largest uncontained and expanding mass is Kanye West's ego. Not to pick on this gifted performer, but even if he were joking about his intention to run for U.S. president in 2020 (please, God, give us a sign that he was joking), his staggering sense of self-importance makes those of us with weak stomachs and refined sensibilities want to puke. Whatever happened to the concept of "modesty"? Not that Kanye is alone in having an overinflated opinion of himself. Far from it. For one thing, let's not forget that the man is prodigiously talented. And for another, upon closer inspection, compared to what Steven Segal and Jesse Ventura said about themselves, we might be compelled to conclude that Kanye comes off merely as "absurdly conceited" and not "certifiably nuts." In an interview with the "Londo ...
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Olivia Wilde Received Some Of Her Best Hollywood Wisdom From Tilda Swinton
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Olivia Wilde has worked with Martin Scorsese, Ron Howard and Jon Favreau -- names that would appeal to anyone in Hollywood with an ounce of sense. You'll notice they have one thing in common beyond great films: penises. Where are the women in Wilde's moviemaking life? Few and far between, as it turns out. Her new film, "Meadowland," in which she and Luke Wilson play a couple reeling from the loss of their child, is one of the few times a woman has steered a project with which Wilde is involved. That includes one season on "The O.C." and five on "House." She's optimistic about the attention being paid to equality in Hollywood, however, partly thanks to her collaboration with Reed Morano, who shot and directed "Meadowland." Morano also shot five episodes of Wilde's forthcoming '70s-set rock 'n' roll series "Vinyl," which premieres on HBO in January and is written by "Sopranos" and "Wolf of Wall Street" scribe Terence Winter. The Huffington Post sat down with Wilde for a deep dive on ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Steven Seagal
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 63
    Steven Seagal was granted Serbian citizenship on 11 January 2016, following several visits to the country, and has been asked to train Aikido to the Serbian Special Forces.
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  • 2015
    Age 62
    The company claimed that Seagal had also allowed them to "use his Montana ranch as an additional site to grow the plants used to distill Young Living's Essential Oils " As of 2015, the company does not mention Seagal or any products co-created with him on its official website.
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  • 2014
    Age 61
    In August, 2014, Seagal appeared at a Night Wolves-organized show in Sevastopol, Crimea, supporting the Crimean annexation and depicting Ukraine as a country controlled by fascists.
    More Details Hide Details In 1999, Seagal was awarded a PETA Humanitarian Award.
    In July, 2014, following calls for a boycott, Seagal was dropped from the lineup of the August Blues Festival in Haapsalu, Estonia.
    More Details Hide Details Estonian musician Tõnis Mägi, the minister of Foreign Affairs, Urmas Paet, and Parliament's Foreign Affairs chairman, Marko Mihkelson, had all condemned inviting Seagal into the country, with Paet stating, "Steven Seagal has tried to actively participate in politics during the past few months and has done it in a way which is unacceptable to the majority of the world that respects democracy and the rule of law."
    In a March, 2014 interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Seagal described Vladimir Putin as "one of the great living world leaders".
    More Details Hide Details He stated that he "would like to consider Putin as a brother", and expressed support for the annexation of Crimea by Russia.
  • 2013
    Age 60
    The lawsuit was dismissed in January, 2013; Llovera failed to file court-ordered paperwork after his attorney withdrew from the case.
    More Details Hide Details Seagal lent his voice as a narrator for an activist film project, Medicine Lake Video. The project seeks to protect sacred tribal ground near Seagal's ranch in Siskiyou County. He also wrote an open letter to the leadership of Thailand in 2003, urging them to enact a law to prevent the torture of baby elephants.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2012
    Age 59
    The book was updated in 2012 to include more recent films and Seagal's work on the reality TV show Steven Seagal: Lawman.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to acting and aikido, Seagal also plays the guitar. His songs have been featured in several of his movies, including Fire Down Below and Ticker. Among his "extensive" collection include guitars previously owned by "the Kings"; Albert, BB and Freddie, Bo Diddley, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix.
  • 2011
    Age 58
    On August 30, 2011, Jesus Sanchez Llovera filed a lawsuit against Seagal over his part in a police raid that was taped for his A&E reality show, Steven Seagal: Lawman.
    More Details Hide Details Llovera was seeking $100,000; for damages made during the raid, and a letter of apology from Seagal to his children; for the death of their family pet. Llovera claimed that his 11 month old puppy was shot and killed during the raid.
    He has helped train Brazilian mixed martial artists Anderson Silva and Lyoto Machida. Silva, who is the former UFC Middleweight Champion, went on to knock out Vitor Belfort with a kick, in their fight at UFC 126 in February 2011, and Machida also credited him for helping him perfect the front kick that he used to knock out Randy Couture at UFC 129 in May 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 57
    On July 14, 2010, three months after Nguyen made her claims against Seagal, the case was voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiff without any public explanation.
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    On April 12, 2010, 23-year-old Kayden Nguyen filed a lawsuit against Seagal in a Los Angeles County Superior Court, specifying damages in excess of one million dollars.
    More Details Hide Details In her suit, Nguyen made a number of allegations against Seagal, including: sexual harassment, the illegal trafficking of females for sex, failure to prevent sexual harassment, and wrongful termination. Seagal personally denied the allegations, yet he was forced to suspend his show, Steven Seagal: Lawman, while his attorneys attempted to resolve the case privately.
  • 2009
    Age 56
    In 2009, his official Twitter profile released a tweet promising "Lightning Bolt will be back soon," but as of 2015 the official website is defunct and it appears that production has been discontinued.
    More Details Hide Details Seagal has also marketed an aftershave called "Scent of Action," and a range of knives and weapons. In 2013 Steven Seagal joined newly formed Russian firearms manufacturer ORSIS, representing the company in both a promotional capacity as well as lobbying for the easement of US import restrictions on Russian sporting firearms. It was also announced he would work with the company to develop a signature long range rifle known provisionally as "ORSIS by Steven Seagal". He owns a dude ranch in Colorado and a home in the Mandeville Canyon section of Brentwood, a wealthy neighbourhood in Los Angeles. In November 2013, he adopted a Romanian stray dog. Seagal is a Buddhist. In February 1997, Lama Penor Rinpoche from Palyul monastery announced that Seagal was a tulku, and specifically the reincarnation of Chungdrag Dorje, a 17th-century terton (treasure revealer) of the Nyingma, the oldest sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Seagal's recognition aroused controversy in the American Buddhist community, with Helen Tworkov commenting in Tricycle to doubt the extent of Seagal's "spiritual wisdom" and to suggest that Seagal bought his Buddhahood by donations to Penor's Kunzang Palyul Choling center. Penor Rinpoche responded to the controversy by saying that Seagal, although acting in violent movies, had not actually killed people, and that Seagal was merely recognized, whereas enthronement as a tulku would require first a "lengthy process of study and practice".
  • 2008
    Age 55
    In November 2008, A&E announced that they had begun taping Steven Seagal: Lawman, which follows his work in the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.
    More Details Hide Details The series premiered on A&E on December 2, 2009. Seagal stated that "I’ve decided to work with A&E on this series now because I believe it’s important to show the nation all the positive work being accomplished here in Louisiana—to see the passion and commitment that comes from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in this post-Katrina environment." The series premiere drew 3.6 million viewers, ranking as best season opener for any original A&E series ever. On April 14, 2010, the series was suspended by Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand due to a sexual trafficking lawsuit filed against Seagal. The suit was later dropped. A&E resumed the show for the second season which began on October 6, 2010. In February 2011, A&E announced that the series would begin production on Season 3 episodes, with a change of location from Louisiana to Maricopa County, Arizona. Two episodes were scheduled to be aired beginning on January 4, 2012. The episodes were announced by A&E, who created Facebook page for the series and listed in the TV guide. Shortly before the episodes were to be aired, the web and Facebook pages about the series were removed. A&E made no announcements about the sudden suspension of Season 3 or whether there would be a third season.
  • 2006
    Age 53
    Subsequently, he spent summer 2006 touring the United States and Europe with his band, Thunderbox, in support of the album.
    More Details Hide Details Seagal has been a Reserve Deputy Chief in the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana Sheriff's Office. In the late 1980s after teaching the deputies martial arts, unarmed combat and marksmanship, proving that he is an expert in all of these skills longtime sheriff Harry Lee was so impressed he asked Seagal to join the force. Seagal owns a second home in Louisiana and spends several months there every year. According to the show, Seagal graduated from a police academy in Los Angeles over twenty years ago and has a certificate from Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST), an organization that accredits California police officers. However, POST officials in California and Louisiana have no record of Seagal being certified, and Seagal's rank in Louisiana is ceremonial.
    Seagal's second album, titled Mojo Priest, was released in April 2006.
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  • 2005
    Age 52
    The soundtrack to Seagal's 2005 film Into the Sun features several songs from the album.
    More Details Hide Details One of his album tracks, "Girl It's Alright", was also released as a single in parts of the world alongside an accompanying music video created for it.
    In 2005, he released his first album, Songs from the Crystal Cave, which has a mix of pop, world, country and blues music.
    More Details Hide Details It features duets with Tony Rebel, Lt. Stichie, Lady Saw, and Stevie Wonder.
  • FORTIES
  • 2001
    Age 48
    After producing Prince of Central Park, Seagal returned to cinema screens with the release of Exit Wounds in March 2001.
    More Details Hide Details The film had fewer martial arts scenes than Seagal's previous films, but it was a commercial success, taking almost $80 million worldwide. However, he was unable to capitalize on this success and his next two projects were both critical and commercial failures. The movie Ticker, co-starring Tom Sizemore and Dennis Hopper, was filmed in San Francisco before Exit Wounds, and went straight to DVD. Half Past Dead, starring rap star Ja Rule, made less than $20 million worldwide. All of the films Seagal has made since the latter half of 2001 have been released direct-to-video (DTV) in North America, with some theatrical releases to other countries around the world. Seagal is credited as a producer and sometimes a writer on many of these DTV movies, which include Black Dawn, Belly of the Beast, Out of Reach, Submerged, Kill Switch, Urban Justice, Pistol Whipped, Against the Dark, Driven to Kill, A Dangerous Man, Born to Raise Hell and The Keeper, a movie released in Japan fifteen weeks earlier than the United States.
  • 1996
    Age 43
    In 1996, he had a role in the Kurt Russell film Executive Decision, in which he played a special ops soldier who only appears in the film's first 45 minutes.
    More Details Hide Details He subsequently made another environmentally conscious film, Fire Down Below (1997), wherein he was an EPA agent fighting industrialists dumping toxic waste in the Kentucky hills, but the movie was commercially unsuccessful. This film ended his original multi-picture contract with Warner Bros. The next year, Seagal made The Patriot, another environmental thriller which was his first direct-to-video release in the United States (though it was released theatrically in most of the world). Seagal produced this film with his own money, and the film was shot on-location on and near his farm in Montana.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1992
    Age 39
    The cast and crew's difficulties with Seagal were later echoed on-air by producer Lorne Michaels during guest host Nicolas Cage's monologue in the September 26, 1992 Season 18 premiere.
    More Details Hide Details When Cage worried that he would do so poorly that the audience would regard him as "the biggest jerk who's ever been on the show", Michaels replied, "No, no. That would be Steven Seagal." Seagal directed On Deadly Ground (1994). This film, in which he also starred, emphasized environmental and spiritual themes, signaling a break with his previous persona as a genre-ready inner-city cop. The film featured Michael Caine as well as R. Lee Ermey and Billy Bob Thornton in minor supporting roles. On Deadly Ground was poorly received by film critics, but despite many critics denouncing Seagal's long environmental speech in the film, Seagal considers it to have been one of the most important and relevant moments in his career. Seagal filmed a sequel to one of his most successful films, Under Siege, titled Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995), and cop drama The Glimmer Man (1996).
    He achieved further fame in 1992, when he played Navy SEALs counter-terrorist expert Casey Ryback in Under Siege.
    More Details Hide Details However, On Deadly Ground (in 1994) and Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (in 1995) were less successful at the box office. During the latter half of the 1990s, Seagal starred in three more theatrical films and the direct-to-video film The Patriot. Since that time, with the exception of Exit Wounds (in 2001) and Half Past Dead (in 2002), his career has shifted almost entirely to direct-to-video productions. From 1998 to 2014, Seagal appeared in a total of 27 of these. At the age of 58, he returned to prominence as Torrez in the 2010 film Machete; his first widely released film since 2002. Intermittently between 2009 and 2013, he filmed three seasons of his reality show Steven Seagal: Lawman, which depicted Seagal performing his duties as a reserve deputy sheriff in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana (season 1–2) and Maricopa County, Arizona (season 3). He also created and starred in two seasons of the undercover police drama series True Justice between 2011 and 2012.
  • 1991
    Age 38
    Seagal hosted the April 20, 1991 episode of the late night variety show Saturday Night Live, which aired as the 18th episode of the 16th season.
    More Details Hide Details Cast member David Spade regarded Seagal as the show's worst host during Spade's time there. Spade and co-star Tim Meadows cite Seagal's humorlessness, his ill treatment of the show's cast and writers, and his refusal to do a "Hans and Franz" sketch because that skit's title characters stated that they could beat up Seagal. Seagal was never invited back to the show following that episode. Meadows commented, "He didn't realize that you can't tell somebody they're stupid on Wednesday and expect them to continue writing for you on Saturday."
  • 1988
    Age 35
    In 1988, Seagal made his acting debut in Above the Law.
    More Details Hide Details By 1991, he had starred in four successful films.
  • 1987
    Age 34
    He subsequently married Le Brock on September 5, 1987, and had three children with her: daughters Annaliza and Arissa, and a son, Dominic. In 1994, Le Brock filed for divorce citing "irreconcilable differences".
    More Details Hide Details During this time, it emerged that Seagal was having an affair with Arissa Wolf, the family's nanny. Seagal has a daughter with Arissa Wolf, Savannah. Seagal is currently married to Erdenetuya Batsukh, better known as "Elle". They have one son together, Kunzang. Elle is from Mongolia. From an early age, Elle trained as a dancer at the Children's Palace in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. After her graduation from high school and the Children's Palace, she pursued a career as a professional dancer. She won a number of dancing contests and was considered the top female dancer in Mongolia; excelling at ballroom dancing in particular. Elle first met Seagal in 2001, where she worked as his interpreter during his visit to Mongolia. Seagal has seven children from four relationships, and two grandchildren by his eldest son, Kentaro. In addition to his biological offspring, Seagal is the guardian of Yabshi Pan Rinzinwangmo, the only child of the 10th Panchen Lama of Tibet. When she studied in the United States, Seagal was her minder and bodyguard.
    In 1987, Seagal began work on his first film, Above the Law (titled Nico in Europe), with director Andrew Davis and reportedly as a favor to a former aikido student, the agent Michael Ovitz.
    More Details Hide Details Ovitz took Seagal to Warner Brothers to put on an aikido demonstration and the executives were impressed by him and offered him several scripts; Seagal turned them down but agreed to write what would become Above the Law. Following its success, Seagal's subsequent movies were Hard to Kill, Marked for Death, and Out for Justice, all box office hits, making him an action hero. Later, he achieved wider, mainstream success in 1992 with the release of Under Siege (1992). That film reunited Seagal with director Andrew Davis, and was a blockbuster in the U.S. and abroad, grossing $156.4 million worldwide.
  • 1983
    Age 30
    After another period in Japan, Seagal returned to the U.S. in 1983 with senior student Haruo Matsuoka.
    More Details Hide Details They opened an aikido dojo, initially in North Hollywood, California, but later moved it to the city of West Hollywood. Seagal left Matsuoka in charge of the dojo, which he ran until the two parted ways in 1997.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1975
    Age 22
    He returned with her to her native Japan in 1975 where they married.
    More Details Hide Details When Seagal's father-in-law, also an aikido instructor, retired, Seagal became the new head of the organization known as Tenshin Aikido in Jūsō, Osaka City (affiliated with the Aikikai). Seagal is known by his students as Take Sensei. When Seagal left his dojo in Osaka, his then-wife Miyako became the caretaker of the dojo which has continued to the present day. Seagal initially returned to Taos, New Mexico, with his student (and later film stuntman) Craig Dunn, where they opened a dojo, although Seagal spent much of his time pursuing other ventures.
  • 1974
    Age 21
    After returning to California in 1974, Seagal met Miyako Fujitani, an aikido instructor teaching in Los Angeles.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1964
    Age 11
    Seagal began training in aikido under master Harry Kiyoshi Ishisaka, founder of the Orange County Aikido School (Orange County Aiki Kai) (OCAK) in 1964.
    More Details Hide Details Seagal considers him to have been the most important martial arts teacher in his life. Seagal moved to Japan at some point between the ages of 19 and 21 with his father who was visiting for military purposes, and met karate masters and decided to remain in Japan. He received his 1st dan degree (Shodan) under the direction of Koichi Tohei. He continued to train in aikido as a student of Seiseki Abe, Tohei (whose aikido organization, Ki Society, Seagal refused to join in favor of staying with the Aikikai), Kisaburo Osawa, Hiroshi Isoyama and the second doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba. He attained a 7th dan degree and Shihan in aikido, he also holds black belts in karate, judo and kendo and became the first foreigner to operate an aikido dojo in Japan.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1952
    Born
    Born on April 10, 1952.
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