On April 10, 1952, Steven Frederic Seagal was born in Lansing, Michigan. He relocated to Fullerton, California, with his parents Patricia and Samuel when he was five years old. He attended Fullerton College from 1970 to 1971 after graduating from Buena Park High School in Buena Park, California.
When he was young, he started learning martial arts and began training in aikido and Shito-ryu karate. When Seagal was seventeen years old, an amiable Japanese coworker at a dojo in Garden Grove encouraged him to make his first trip to Japan. He first met Miyako Fujitani in 1974. She was an aikido instructor in Los Angeles and the daughter of an Osaka aikido master. In addition, Miyako had a second-degree black belt. When she made the decision to return to Osaka, Seagal emigrated to Japan with her and began working at the school that belonged to her family (he is often stated to have been the first non-Asian to open a dojo in Japan).
Before returning to Japan, he initially went back to Taos, New Mexico, where he co-founded a dojo with Craig Dunn. In 1983, upon his second visit back to the country, he joined forces with Haruo Matsuoka to establish an aikido dojo in West Hollywood, California. They split up in 1997.
Career in Acting
As he handed over control of the dojos they had founded together to their partners, Seagal also started exploring other endeavors, among them Hollywood action movies. As a result of his connections in Hollywood, Seagal was able to secure roles as the martial arts coordinator for the movies “The Challenge” and “Never Say Never Again.”
In 1988’s “Above the Law,” which was directed by Andrew Davis, he made his acting debut. As a result of its success, the movies “Hard to Kill” (1990), “Marked for Death” (1990), and “Out for Justice” (1990) were released (1991). Each of these was a financial hit at the box office and contributed to establishing his reputation as an action hero.
His big-screen debut occurred in 1992 with the Andrew Davis-directed movie “Under Siege.” The movie will eventually make a total of $156.4 million worldwide. With the film “On Deadly Ground,” Seagal made his directorial debut in 1994. The movie, in which he also co-starred, was a change for him because it focused so much on environmental and spiritual problems. Despite the negative reviews from critics, Seagal still values it as a pivotal time in his career.
In 1995, he released “Under Siege 2: Dark Territory,” the sequel to his most popular movie “Under Siege.” He also worked on “Executive Decision” (1996), “The Glimmer Man” (1996), and “Fire Down Below” in the late 1990s (1997). With the 1998 movie “The Patriot,” which he produced on his own dime and had filmed on and around his Montana farm, he transitioned to direct-to-video work.
Since late 2001, all of his films have been released in North America on direct-to-video (DTV), with the exception of “Machete” (2010). He has continued to work in this medium. On many of these DTV movies, including “Belly of the Beast” (2003), “Out of Reach” (2004), “Black Dawn” (2005), “Submerged” (2005), “Urban Justice” (2007), “Kill Switch” (2008), “Pistol Whipped” (2008), “Against the Dark” (2009), “Driven to Kill” (2009), “A Dangerous Man” (2009), “The Keeper” (2009), and “Born to Raise Hell” (2010) (2010).
Seagal has a history of acting in both films and television. In 2009, he appeared in the reality television show “Steven Seagal: Lawman” on A&E. In 2011, he produced and appeared in the 13-episode show “True Justice.” Guitarist Seagal has had a successful music career, and several of his movies have included one of his songs. Two of his albums, which included songs with artists like Tony Rebel and Stevie Wonder, have been released.
The company Seagal Enterprises was founded by Seagal. In 2005, the business advertised the energy drink “Steven Seagal’s Lightning Bolt,” however it is no longer available. Additionally, he has promoted goods like aftershave and a line of knives. In 2013, he joined the newly established Russian guns company ORSIS, where he promoted the business and advocated on their behalf for the US to relax import restrictions on Russian sports firearms.
Seagal has dual citizenship with Russia and Serbia in addition to his American citizenship. In addition to homes in California, Louisiana, and Colorado, he also owns other properties. Seven kids in total were born to Seagal in four distinct partnerships. He has two kids with his first wife, Miyako Fujitani. After Seagal traveled back to the United States from Japan and abandoned her there, they got divorced.
He briefly wed the actress Adrienne La Russa in 1984 after his divorce from Fujitani, but the union was later declared null and void. Early in 1987, the actress Kelly LeBrock gave birth to his daughter; the following year, they were married. Before getting divorced in 1994, they had two additional kids. Later, he wed the Mongolian dancer Erdenetuya “Elle” Batsukh; they have a son together.
Seagal used his social media platforms at the beginning of 2018 to inform his followers about a cryptocurrency named “Bitcoiin2Gen.” Unfortunately, he did not disclose to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission that he had been “promised” $250,000 in cash and an additional $750,000 worth of Bitcoin2Gen in exchange for helping to promote the cryptocurrency’s IPO (SEC). Without officially “admitting or rejecting” the SEC’s charges, Seagal agreed to pay $157,000 in disgorgement and an additional $157,000 in penalties after meeting with authorities. Additionally, he consented to refrain from promoting any securities or cryptocurrencies on social media for three years.
What are Steven Seagal’s earnings and net worth?
American martial artist, action movie performer, screenwriter, producer, singer, and martial arts expert Steven Seagal has a net worth of $16 million. He became one of the top action movie stars of the 1980s and 1990s, increasing his wealth.