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20 Facts About Steven Seagal

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Steven Frederic Seagal is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, director, martial artist, and musician who holds American, Russian, and Serbian citizenship.

Serbia, officially the Republic of Serbia, is a sovereign state situated at the crossroads between Central and Southeast Europe, covering the southern part of the Pannonian Plain and the central Balkans.

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A 7th-dan black belt in Aikido, Seagal began his adult life as a martial arts instructor in Japan; becoming the first foreigner to operate an Aikido dojo in the country.

Aikido [aikiÍúúdoňź] is a modern Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs.

Dojo is a Japanese term which literally means "place of the way".

Japan is an island country in East Asia.

‚Ä™Steven Seagal Training with Lyoto Machida‚ÄŹ by Steven Seagal

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He later moved to Los Angeles, California, where he worked as a martial arts instructor on Never Say Never Again; accidentally breaking actor Sean Connery's wrist during production.

Never Say Never Again is a 1983 James Bond spy film starring Sean Connery, directed by Irvin Kershner, produced by Jack Schwartzman, and written by Lorenzo Semple Jr. with uncredited additional co-writers d*ck Clement and Ian La Frenais, from a story by Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham, and Ian Fleming.

Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often known by its initials L.A., is the second-most populous city in the United States, the most populous city in California and the county seat of Los Angeles County.

Sir Thomas Sean Connery is a retired Scottish actor and producer who has won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globes.

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In 1988, Seagal made his acting debut in Above the Law.

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By 1991, he had starred in four successful films.

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He achieved further fame in 1992, when he played Navy SEALs counter-terrorist expert Casey Ryback in Under Siege.

The United States Navy's "Sea, Air, and Land" Teams, commonly abbreviated as the Navy SEALs, are the U.S. Navy's primary special operations force and a component of the Naval Special Warfare Command.

Under Siege is a 1992 American action-thriller film directed by Andrew Davis and written by J.F. Lawton.

Casey Ryback is a fictional character and action hero from the Under Siege films of the 1990s.

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However, On Deadly Ground and Under Siege 2: Dark Territory were less successful at the box office.

On Deadly Ground is a 1994 environmental action-adventure film, co-produced, directed by and starring Steven Seagal, and co-starring an all-star cast that includes Michael Caine, Joan Chen, John C. McGinley, R. Lee Ermey, Kenji Nakano, and Billy Bob Thornton in one of his early appearances.

Under Siege 2: Dark Territory is a 1995 American action film set on board a train traveling through the Rocky Mountains from Denver to Los Angeles.

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During the latter half of the 1990s, Seagal starred in three more theatrical films and the direct-to-video film The Patriot.

Direct-to-video or straight-to-video refers to the release of a film to the public immediately on home video formats rather than a theatrical release or television broadcast.

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Since that time, with the exception of Exit Wounds and Half Past Dead, his career has shifted almost entirely to direct-to-video productions.

Half Past Dead is a 2002 American action film written and directed by Don Michael Paul in his directorial debut, and produced by Steven Seagal, who also starred in the lead role, alongside Andrew Stevens and Elie Samaha.

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From 1998 to 2014, Seagal appeared in a total of 27 of these.

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At the age of 58, he returned to prominence as Torrez in the 2010 film Machete; his first widely released film since 2002.

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Intermittently between 2009 and 2013, he filmed three seasons of his reality show Steven Seagal: Lawman, which depicted Seagal performing his duties as a reserve deputy sheriff in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana and Maricopa County, Arizona.

Steven Seagal: Lawman is an American reality television series that aired on A&E for its first two seasons and Reelz for its third.

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He also created and starred in two seasons of the undercover police drama series True Justice between 2011 and 2012.

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Seagal is a guitarist and has released two studio albums, and performed on a number of film scores.

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He has worked with Stevie Wonder and Tony Rebel, who both performed on his debut album.

Stevland Hardaway Morris, known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

Patrick George Anthony Barrett, better known by his stage name Tony Rebel, is a Jamaican reggae deejay.

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As a businessman, Seagal has undertaken many ventures; he is estimated to be worth anywhere from $5‚Äď16 million.

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In 1997, he began "working closely" with Young Living on a line of "therapeutic oil" products.

Young Living is a Lehi, Utah based company which uses multi-level marketing to sell essential oils and other related products.

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As the founder of Steven Seagal Enterprises, he began to market his own energy drink, Lightning Bolt, in 2005.

An energy drink is a type of beverage containing stimulant drugs, usually including caffeine, which is marketed as providing mental and physical stimulation.

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In 2013, he began representing the Russian firearms manufacturer ORSIS; appearing in promotional campaigns.

ORSIS is the trading name of Promtechnologies group based in Moscow, Russia.

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In addition to his professional achievements, Seagal is known as an environmentalist, an animal rights activist, and as a supporter of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso.

Animal rights is the idea that some, or all, non-human animals are entitled to the possession of their own lives and that their most basic interests‚ÄĒsuch as the need to avoid suffering‚ÄĒshould be afforded the same consideration as similar interests of human beings.

The Dalai Lama is a monk of the Gelug or "Yellow Hat" school of Tibetan Buddhism, the newest of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism founded by Je Tsongkhapa.

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