“I am hoping that I can be known as a great writer and actor some day, rather than a sex symbol.”
Though neither handsome, cool nor charismatic, and lacking even the most basic acting and filmmaking skills, Steven Seagal still managed to enjoy a brief period of superstardom in the dying days of ultra-violent action cinema. Born in Detroit in 1951, Seagal was the first foreigner to establish an Aikido dojo in Japan. Though he tries to “live with integrity and morality, not only with people but with all beings,” Seagal is solely notable for the sadistic edge he brings to his movies, frequently beating and breaking his enemies much further than necessary.
See Seagal at his brutal best in Marked for Death (1990) and Under Siege (1992). Sporting a couple of extra pounds since you probably last saw him, Steve remains king of the generic, straight-to-dvd kill-fest, coming up next in, you guessed in, Expendables 3.