It would be hard not to remember the boyishly handsome dude with the ever-present ponytail who made a grand entrance into the martial arts movie scene on the set of the popular Warner Bros film titled Above the Law (1998). Steven Seagal who studied the aikido style of martial arts in Asia carries himself differently from other players in martial arts movies with his all-black Italian designer suits and his poise which usually appear gentle and harmless until the going gets tough.
Unlike other known actors in the martial arts movies like Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Jean-Claude Van Damme, who usually take the fights from the angle of tang soo do or Karate, Steven Seagal favors the aikido style of fighting which aims at using the inertia and body weight of the opponents to employ various holds, locks, and chokes that will eventually incapacitate them. Added to his skill in aikido is the actor’s talent as a singer and a guitarist, several of his songs including Ticker and Fire Down Below have been featured in some of his films.
Steven Seagal Bio (Age)
The son of medical technician Patricia Seagal and high school mathematics teacher Samuel Seagal was born as Steven Frederic Seagal in Lansing, Michigan on the 10th day of April 1952. The talented entertainer of American nationality and mixed ethnicity was raised in the USA alongside his sister Brenda Seagal.
The young Steven passed through Buena Park High School, California. In his early years, he studied Martial arts under the tutelage of Fumio Demura, a popular Karate instructor and author. His training in aikido commenced in the 1960s under the supervision of Harry Ishisaka in Orange County, California. The enigmatic Steven Seagal moved to Japan to further his training in martial arts and in 1974, he received his initial accreditation.
With his fighting skills adequately honed, the martial arts expert bagged the 7th dan ranking in the Japanese martial art – aikido. The aikido instructor was teaching affluent clients in Los Angeles when the known Hollywood power broker Michael Ovitz saw the star value in the hunk of a man that was Steven Seagal and thus, his career in acting was born in the late 1980s with his debut film Above the Law.
The actor with the quiet husky voice has a net worth of $16 million which he owes to his acting career. His second career which is music has also made a significant contribution to his current wealth which is expected to increase in the nearest future.
Spouse or Wife; His Children
So far, the multi-talented artist has undertaken four journeys into matrimony, three of them turned out abortive with one still standing the test of time. In 1975, the martial artist married Miyako Fujitani, the daughter of an Aikido instructor. Before their divorce in 1986, they had two kids, a son named Kentaro Seagal who grew up to become an actor and a daughter – Ayako Fujitani who is popular as an actress and a writer.
The handsome actor returned to the United States and started a relationship with Kelly LeBrock which hastened his official divorce from Miyako, but before his first divorce was finalized, the ladies’ man was married to Adrienne La Russa an actress. The 1984 marriage was annulled the same year because his divorce was yet to be concluded.
Steven’s girlfriend, Kelly, had a daughter (Annaliza) for him early in 1987 and by September 1987, they got married and their son Dominic announced his entrance to the world in June 1990. Another daughter Arissa came in 1993 but unfortunately, they got divorced in 1996.
Steven Seagal met his current Mongolian wife Erdenetuya Batsukhb in 2001 when she acted as his interpreter during his visit to Mongolia. Erdenetuya who is a professional dancer got married to Steven in 2009 and they have a son called Kunzang, the couple is still together till date and from all indications, they seem to be living happily. Important to note that Steven’s eldest son has made him a grandfather of two.
The martial arts expert has an imposing physic, with his towering height of 6 feet 2 inches (1.90 m), Steven tends to stand out in a crowd. The colossus of a man weighs a total of 134 kg (300lb) to balance his great height. It is believed that his chest, waist, and biceps respectively measures 34, 24, and 36 inches.