#M(ichigan)M(ovie)H(istory), on this day, April 10, 1952, Steven Seagal was born

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Today is Steven Seagal’s birthday.   Born on this day, April 10, 1952 in Lansing, Michigan, Seagal  is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, director, martial artist, and musician who holds American, Russian, and Serbian citizenship

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. 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.

In 1988, Seagal made his acting debut in Above the Law. By 1991, he had starred in four successful films. He achieved further fame in 1992, when he played Navy SEALs counter-terrorist expert Casey Ryback in Under Siege.

During the latter half of the 1990s, Seagal starred in three more theatrical films and the direct-to-video film The Patriot. 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 (season 1–2) and Maricopa County, Arizona (season 3).

Seagal is a guitarist and has released two studio albums (Songs from the Crystal Cave and Mojo Priest), and performed on a number of film scores. He has worked with Stevie Wonder and Tony Rebel, who both performed on his debut album.

Steven Seagal is 65 today.

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