Steven Seagal

Steven Seagal

  • Highest Rated: 78% Under Siege (1992)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Contract to Kill (2016)
  • Birthday: Apr 10, 1951
  • Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan
  • A master of several Japanese martial arts, Steven Seagal is a popular action movie hero whose films combine spiritual concepts and social/environmental consciousness with high-voltage violence. Born in Lansing, MI, on April 10, 1951, Seagal traveled to Japan at the age of 17. There, he taught English, studied Zen, and perfected his martial arts, earning black belts in Aikido, karate, judo, and kendo. Afterwards, he became the first Westerner to open a martial arts school in Japan. During this time, Seagal occasionally choreographed fight scenes in movies and coached such stars as Sean Connery and Toshiro Mifune. He also became interested in Eastern religion: in a November 1997 interview for the Shambala Sun, he stated that his relationship with Tibetan Buddhism resulted from his study of acupuncture. According to Seagal, several ailing Tibetan lamas, suffering from malnutrition, exhaustion, and the effects of Chinese torture, were sent to him for treatment, which led him to become a director of secret security operations and setting up special safe houses. Regarding other incidents from his past, Seagal has remained secretive, though he was allegedly a bounty hunter and occasionally has hinted about involvement with the CIA. Further speculation has surrounded the work he did on behalf of Tibetan freedom fighters, and it was not until 1997 that he mentioned the large amounts of money he claimed to have donated to various religious organizations. Seagal spent about 15 years in Asia before returning to the States, where he opened a new martial arts academy and also worked as a celebrity bodyguard. His clients included his future (now ex-) wife Kelly LeBrock and Hollywood agent Michael Ovitz. With help from Ovitz, Seagal contracted to make martial arts films for Warner Bros. For his first film, he and cinematographer-turned-director Andrew Davis carefully refashioned an average police drama into Above the Law (1988), which stressed characterization and plot as well as high-energy action scenes. It was well received and Seagal found himself an instant star among action aficionados. His next film, Hard to Kill (1989), overflowed with chop-socky violence, casting him as a cop who wakens from a coma and sets out for revenge against those who sent him to the hospital. Seagal attracted mainstream appeal in 1992 when he starred in the Davis-directed hit Under Siege, his most popular movie. In 1994, he made his directorial debut with the environmentally conscious but critically panned On Deadly Ground, in which he single-handedly attempts to save Alaska and the Eskimos from an avaricious oil tycoon. Subsequent action attempts included 1996's Executive Decision and 1998's The Patriot. In 1999, Seagal turned to producing with Prince of Central Park, an uncharacteristically gentle film about a young boy living in the titular park. Following a rollicking time in the corrupt cop thriller Exit Wounds (2001), Segal shook things up behind bars in Half Past Dead (2002). The coming years would find Segal continuing to star in low proifle action fare like Urban Justice and Flight of Fury. He'd also find success starring on the TV series True Justice.In 1997, Seagal publicly announced that one of his prime Buddhist teachers, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, had proclaimed him a tulku, the reincarnation of a Buddhist lama. Seagal's announcement met with some cynicism, but Penor Rinpoche backed him up with a formal statement at Colorado's Naropa Institute. In subsequent interviews, Seagal has presented himself as a serious student of Buddhism who spends many hours meditating, studying, and practicing the tenets to help him become a teacher and healer.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Beyond the Law Actor 2019
No Score Yet Comandante Geral Jake Alexander 2019
13% China Salesman Lauder 2018
No Score Yet Cartels Producer John Harrison 2017
0% Contract to Kill John Harmon 2016
No Score Yet End of a Gun Decker 2016
No Score Yet The Perfect Weapon The Director 2016
No Score Yet Killing Salazar Producer John Harrison 2016
No Score Yet The Asian Connection Gan Sirankiri 2016
No Score Yet Code of Honor Executive Producer Robert Sikes 2016
No Score Yet Sniper: Special Ops Jake Executive Producer 2016
No Score Yet Absolution (Mercenary: Absolution) Producer John Alexander 2015
No Score Yet Angel of Death Actor 2014
No Score Yet Gutshot Straight Paulie Trunks 2014
No Score Yet A Good Man Producer Alexander 2014
No Score Yet Agency of Vengeance: Dark Rising (Dark Rising 2: Summer Strikes Back!) Elijah Kane Screenwriter 2014
No Score Yet Force of Execution Thomas Douglas Producer 2013
No Score Yet Maximum Conviction Steele Producer 2012
72% Machete Torrez $26.3M 2010
No Score Yet Born to Raise Hell Samuel Axel 2010
No Score Yet The Keeper Roland Producer 2009
No Score Yet Against the Dark Tao Producer 2009
No Score Yet Driven to Kill Executive Producer Ruslan 2009
No Score Yet A Dangerous Man Shane Daniels Executive Producer 2009
No Score Yet Kill Switch Executive Producer Jacob Screenwriter 2008
No Score Yet Pistol Whipped Producer Matt 2008
No Score Yet The Onion Movie Himself 2008
No Score Yet Urban Justice (Renegade Justice) Screenwriter Executive Producer Producer Simon 2007
No Score Yet Flight of Fury Screenwriter Producer John Sands 2007
No Score Yet Words of My Perfect Teacher Actor 2006
No Score Yet Harvester Producer Screenwriter Marshall Lawson 2006
No Score Yet Shadow Man Jack Foster Producer Screenwriter 2006
No Score Yet Mercenary for Justice John Seeger Executive Producer 2006
No Score Yet Black Dawn Jonathan Cold Producer 2005
No Score Yet Into the Sun Travis Hunter Producer Screenwriter 2005
No Score Yet Today You Die Producer Max Stevens 2005
No Score Yet Clementine Jack Miller 2004
No Score Yet Submerged Chris Cody 2004
No Score Yet Out of Reach Billy Ray Lancing Executive Producer 2004
No Score Yet Belly of the Beast Producer Jake Hopper 2003
0% The Foreigner Producer Jonathan Cold 2003
No Score Yet Out for a Kill Producer Professor Robert Burns 2003
3% Half Past Dead Sascha Petrosevitch Producer $15.4M 2002
32% Exit Wounds Orin Boyd 2001
No Score Yet Ticker Glass 2001
20% Prince of Central Park Producer 2000
71% Get Bruce Actor 1999
22% The Patriot Producer Dr. Wesley McClaren 1999
19% My Giant Himself 1998
11% Fire Down Below Producer Jack Taggart 1997
12% The Glimmer Man Lt. Jack Cole Producer 1996
64% Executive Decision Lt. Col. Austin Travis 1996
37% Under Siege 2: Dark Territory Casey Ryback Producer 1995
10% On Deadly Ground Forrest Taft Director Producer 1994
78% Under Siege Casey Ryback Producer 1992
23% Out for Justice Screenwriter Producer Gino Felino 1991
22% Marked for Death John Hatcher Producer 1990
33% Hard to Kill Mason Storm Producer 1990
53% Above the Law Screenwriter Producer Nico Toscani 1988
No Score Yet Prince of Pistols Director Actor

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father
2017
Appearing
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet True Justice
2012
Screenwriter Creator Elijah Kane
  • 2018
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Steven Seagal Lawman
2009-2014
Executive Producer Appearing Reality cast member Producer
  • 2014
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Bonnie Hunt Show
2008-2010
Guest
  • 2010
76% Roseanne
1988-2018
Himself
  • 1996
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Host
  • 1991

QUOTES FROM Steven Seagal CHARACTERS

Mason Storm
You can take that to the bank. The blood bank.
John Hatcher
One thought he was invincible... the other thought he could fly.
Gino Felino
Anybody seen Richie?
Jack Taggart
[Spoken by "Pimple"] (Steps in front of Taggart) You better leave my friend alone, or I'm going to have to properly educate you on how to beat the shit out of somebody.
Jack Taggart
You better leave my friend alone or I'm going to have to properly educate you on how to beat the shit out of somebody.
Hugh Palmer
You use to be a good man Forrest. Now, you're nothing but a whore!
Forrest Taft
For $350,000, I'll fuck anything once!
Forrest Taft
Anybody else want to play with cupcake?
Jordan Tate
You're not a cook
Jordan Tate
You're not a cook.
Casey Ryback
Yeah, well... I also cook
Casey Ryback
Yeah, well... I also cook.