Steven Seagal

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Steven Frederic Seagal[2][3] (pronounced /sɨˈɡɑːl/; born April 10, 1952)[1] is an American action film actor, producer, writer, martial artist, guitarist and a reserve deputy sheriff. A 7th-dan black belt in aikido, Seagal began his adult life as an aikido instructor in Japan.[4] He became the first foreigner to operate an aikido dojo in Japan.[5] He later moved to the Los Angeles, California, area where he made his film debut in 1988 in Above the Law. He became a major action star due to his blockbuster films of the 1990s, such as Under Siege (1992) and Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995), where he played Navy SEALs counter-terrorist expert Casey Ryback, but since then starred mainly in direct-to-video action films.

Seagal is also a recording artist and guitarist and the founder of Steven Seagal Enterprises.[6] In addition to his professional achievements, he is also known as an environmentalist, an animal rights activist and a supporter of the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso, and the Tibetan independence movement.

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