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Celebrity Then And Now
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Steven Seagal

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Famous For:
Under Siege, Hard to Kill, Above the Law
Networth:
$16 Million
Currently Known For:
General Commander
Famous Years:
1988 - Present
Birthdate:
April 10, 1952
Steven Seagal


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  Famous For:
Under Siege, Hard to Kill, Above the Law

  Networth:
$16 Million

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For one point in time, Steven Seagal was considered to be an action star on par with the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone to name a couple. He had been in some big budget action films early on in his career that earned a lot of money at the box office. For about 20 years now, Seagal has been more active in the DVD market for his films, while also making his mark in reality television. Now in his late 60s, Seagal finds himself as a bit of a polarizing figure in Hollywood, but is still churning out movies seemingly left and right.Advertisements:


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Seagal was born on April 10, 1952 in Michigan’s capital of Lansing, but had spent much of his childhood in California. After he had finished high school, Seagal had gone to college locally in Fullerton, but started to train in martial arts. It was because of this that Seagal was motivated to move to Japan, heading there during his late teens and early 20s. Seagal’s experience in martial arts at this time led him to run a dojo, and also got into acting which would help to launch his fame.

“You can say that I lived in Asia for a long time and in Japan I became close to several CIA agents,” Seagal said of this time of his life. “And you could say that I became an adviser to several CIA agents in the field and, through my friends in the CIA, met many powerful people and did special works and special favors.”

At first, Seagal had been working with stunt departments in Hollywood. He was the coordinator for the 1982 film “The Challenge”, and helped other actors with martial arts. In 1983, he taught Sean Connery martial arts for the James Bond film “Never Say Never Again”, and returned two yaers later to assist in choreography for “A View to a Kill” starring Roger Moore.

In 1988, Seagal made his film debut when he wrote and starred in the film “Above the Law” and earned more than a $10 million profit at the box office. Over the next few years, Seagal would be one of the more notable action stars in Hollywood. In 1990, he starred in both “Hard to Kill” and “Marked for Death”, which was followed up with successful films like “Out for Justice” and “Under Siege” in the years that followed. “Under Siege” was Seagal’s biggest smash hit, earning over $150 million in ticket sales on a $35 million budget.

Over the subsequent few years, Seagal would direct his first film with “On Deadly Ground” and had a sequel to “Under Siege”. After making a couple of cameo appearances, Seagal went into the direct to video market for movies, starring in several during the late 1990s and early 2000s such as “The Patriot” and “Prince of Central Park”.

By the middle of the decade, Seagal had become the king of direct to video films, making multiple on a yearly basis. Movies such as “Black Dawn”, “Today You Die” and “Attack Force” could be found at local video stores, coming in at a small budget than what Seagal was used to early on in his career. This has continued into the 2010s, as Seagal has released several more DVD films.

Along the way, Seagal has even created a couple of albums. He’s been known to have an interest in music, and in 2005 released his first album called “Songs from the Crystal Cave”. The following year, Seagal released his most recent album with “Mojo Priest”. “I love music,” Seagal said. “I love filmmaking. I love law enforcement. I love doing a lot of the green work that I do, the charity work that I do, and I don’t think that any one person has to be just one thing.”

In recent years, Seagal has starred in several films, including “Cartels”, “Attrition” and “China Salesman”. His most recent film was in 2019 with “General Commander” where he played Jack Alexander. Seagal hasn’t spent much time on television during his career, but has made a few appearances. From 2009 to 2014, Seagal starred in the reality show “Steven Seagal: Lawman” that followed the actor through reserve duty in an Arizona police department. He also had a show that ran for two seasons called “True Justice” that aired on the Reelz network.

In recent years, Seagal has found himself to be more controversial than anything. He’s had some strong political opinions that includes ties to Russian president Vladimir Putin, whom he considers to be a friend, and has since become a citizen of the country. Seagal has spoken out about U.S. politics quite frequently, and has had to settle in court multiple times for allegations that were levied toward him.

“For a while, I had this uncontrollable urge,” Seagal said. “This addiction to danger. Now I look back and I think, ‘Gee, what an idiot. I was risking my life just for the sensation of it.’” He added that “For me, if God blessed me with that one great hit, I’m satisfied. But I’ve still got a lot in me, and I’d still like to get out there and tell a lot more stories cinematically. And God willing, I’ll get the chance to do that...I want to be able to work on a project that will give people around the world the chance to represent their own people, their own culture, their own stories, rather than just Hollywood - really, you know, dominated Hollywood. And that’s a dream of mine.”

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