Steven Seagal

Who Is Steven Seagal?

Steven Seagal, a renowned actor, martial artist, and musician, has left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry. Best known for his starring roles in martial arts films like ‘Hard to Kill’ and ‘Under Siege.’

Steven Seagal
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Early Life And Career

Martial Artist Steven Seagal was born on April 10, 1952, in Lansing, Michigan. The son of a nurse and a teacher started studying the world of martial arts at Fumio Demura when he was a child. He studied under various masters. His skills led him to achieve a seventh-degree black belt in Aikido, aikido, karate, judo, and kendo.

He traveled to Japan at age 17 to teach English. He earned numerous black belts in martial arts and choreographed movie fight scenes for actors such as Sean Connery. Seagal spent 15 years in Asia, studying and choreographing martial arts fight scenes in movies and working with stars such as Sean Connery and Toshiro Mifune.

Best Films

When he returned to the United States, he opened a martial arts academy and became a bodyguard like Kelly LeBrock and Hollywood agent Michael Ovitz. Steven Seagal made his first films ‘Above the Law’ in 1988, as Hard to Kill (1989) and Under Siege (1992), making him one of the biggest action stars of the era.

In 1994, his first directorial debut had disappointing results. He followed with the action Executive Decision (1996) and The Patriot (1998) and went on to star in Exit Wounds (2001) and Half Past Dead (2002). Later continued churning out action fare well into his 60s.

TV Shows ‘Lawman,’ ‘True Justice’

The actor made his television debut in 2009 with Steven Seagal: Lawman on A&E, when he was a reserve constable sheriff in Louisiana. Seagal starred in the television series True Justice, which ran from July 2011 to September 2012, as the leader of an undercover task team in Seattle, Washington.

‘Force of Execution,’ ‘The Real Miyagi’

Returning to the big screen, Seagal starred in two films: Gutshot Straight (2014) and Force of Execution (2013), with Ving Rhames. He also appeared in the 2015 The Real Miyagi, about his early mentor, Fumio Demura. Seagal starred in films including Beyond the Law (2019), starring rapper DMX, and China Salesman (2017), starring former boxer Mike Tyson.

Off the Screen

In 1997, Actor Seagal said that he had been given the title of tulku—the reincarnation of the Buddhist lama—by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche. He has consistently been a student of Buddhism. In 2013, Seagal again turned heads due to his relationship with Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov, before returning to Chechnya in October, he was spotted at a gala concert dedicated to Grozny’s 195th anniversary.

In 2018, the 66-year-old actor was named the country’s special representative to the U.S. to promote “cooperation in culture and arts. Seagal tweeted that he was “deeply humbled and honored” to earn the appointment, adding that he aimed for harmony and positive results in the world. According to reports from February 2020, Seagal agreed to pay $314,000 to the Securities and Exchange Commission to promote a Bitcoin offering on social media.

Personal Life (Wives)

Martial Artist Steven Seagal wed to Miyako Fujitani from 1975 to 1987. The couple has two children, Kentaro and Ayako (actor/model). In 1996, before divorcing, he and LeBrock had two daughters, Annaliza and Arissa, and a son, Dominic. In 2009, Seagal got married to Erdenetuya Batsukh. The couple has one child, Kunzang.

Interesting Facts

  • Article Title: Steven Seagal Biography
  • Full Name: Steven Seagal
  • Birth Date: April 10, 1952
  • Birth City: Lansing
  • Birth Country: United States
  • Gender: Male
  • Height: 6′ 4″ (1.93 m)
  • Net Worth: $16 million
  • Known For: Best known for his starring roles in martial arts films like ‘Hard to Kill’ and ‘Under Siege.’
  • Spouse: Erdenetuya Seagal (m. 2009), and more
  • Children: Ayako Fujitani, Kentaro Seagal, Arissa LeBrock, Dominic Seagal, Savannah Seagal, Annaliza Seagal
  • Martial arts: Aikido, Karate, Judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Kendo, Shitō-ryū
  • Organization founded: Steamroller Productions
  • Author: Editors


  • I have no fear of death. More important, I don’t fear life.
  • My people are my people. They love me and I love them. I would not be here without them.
  • Any great warrior is also a scholar, and a poet, and an artist.
  • I am hoping that I can be known as a great writer and actor some day, rather than a sex symbol.