We loved both of the Under Siege movies. Steven is menacing and moves superbly, lending credibility to his character. On Deadly Ground, although having all the ingredients to entertain, did not quite hit the mark and much as we love Segal, his later movies were not so well directed or filmed.
Steven Frederic Seagal is an American actor born on the 10th of April 1952. He is also a film producer, screenwriter, director, martial artist, musician, reserve deputy sheriff and entrepreneur. Steven is a 7th-dan black belt in Aikido. Hel began his adult life as an Aikido instructor in Japan, having the distinction of being the first foreigner to operate an Aikido dojo in Japan.
Steven later moved to the Los Angeles, California, area where he made his film debut in 1988 in Above the Law. By 1991, he had starred in three successful films and achieved fame in Under Siege (1992), where he played Navy SEALs counter-terrorist expert Casey Ryback. However, both On Deadly Ground (1994, which he directed) and Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995) did less well at the box office.
During the latter half of the 1990s, he starred in three more theatrical films and the direct-to-video (in the US) film The Patriot. Since that time, with the exception of Exit Wounds (2001) and Half Past Dead (2002), his career has shifted almost entirely to direct-to-video films (often low budget productions and shot in Europe or Asia). From 1998 to 2009, he appeared in a total of 22 of these. At the age of 59, he returned to the big screen as Torrez in the 2010 film Machete. In 2011, he filmed the third season of his reality show Steven
Steven was born in Lansing, Michigan, where he lived until he was five years old, when the family moved to California. His mother, Patricia (1930–2003), was a medical technician, and his father, Samuel Steven Seagal (1928–1991), was a high school math teacher. His mother was of Irish ancestry and his father was Jewish (the son of immigrants from Russia). In a Russian interview, Seagal stated that he had a Mongolian grandfather (either Buryat or Kalmyk). His parents relocated to Fullerton, California, where Seagal attended Buena Park High School in Buena Park.
AIKIDO - MARTIAL ARTS
At a very young age, Seagal lied about his age and got a job as a dishwasher at a restaurant named The Wagon
Wheel. One of the cooks at the restaurant was a Japanese shotokan karate expert and noticed Seagal moved very quickly around the kitchen. He taught Seagal the basics of
karate. Seagal began training in aikido under master Harry Kiyoshi
Ishisaka, founder of the Orange County Aikido School (Orange County Aiki Kai)
(OCAK) in 1964. 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 and became the first foreigner to operate an aikido dojo in Japan.
Steven Seagal and electric bike
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. 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 made three more movies – Hard to Kill, Marked for Death, and Out for Justice – that were 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.