Steven Seagal changed the pattern of action movies when he became a star in the 1980s and 1990s. As an aikido master, he used his own style with more holds, levers and immobilizations that were less spectacular than those of his contemporaries, but which showed his own signature. He still has a huge following, but his physical transformation will be shocking to those who compare his 71-year-old image with his best moments on film.
To understand the rise of Steven Seagal on screen, you have to understand that he had a unique training in martial arts. As a child he learned karate in the United States and as a teenager he moved to Japan for his father’s job. On the islands he learned aikido with lessons from Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of this form of fighting, in whom the American is currently a seventh dan black belt. Throughout his life he has practiced various sports and trained with prominent figures in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu such as the Machado brothers.
Thanks to his training, Steven Seagal entered the world of action films to direct the choreography of action sequences. From there he rose to stardom as the protagonist of films like ‘Above the Law’, ‘High Alert’ and ‘On Dangerous Land’. At the time, he was competing with very different models such as Jean Claude Van Damme, with whom he never made it.
The truth is that when Steven Seagal made his debut as an actor at the age of 36, his physique also attracted a lot of attention. At 1.93 m tall, he stood out for his thinness, which made him look even more slender. Furthermore, he used to keep his hair in a ponytail, which emphasized his apparent alopecia.
Steven Seagal’s Body Transformation
However, everything changed after seven consecutive films with the lead role. His first divorce, filming problems with co-workers, and his first box office failures led him to decline on screen, moving to secondary roles, films that did not reach theaters or a star on the Walk of Fame alongside Old Glory. Hollywood stars as cameos.
In addition, Steven Seagal was turning down offers such as being the villain in an installment of ‘The Expendables’ or collaborating with his friend Jackie Chan. So, it wasn’t until he starred in his ‘reality’ as a deputy sheriff in Louisiana that action movie fans in general lost track of him.
Currently, it seems the actor has moved away from the training routine he followed in the 90s. He then completed a two-hour session that included cardio work on the treadmill, strength training, and essential martial arts and combat sports training. In fact, to appear in the 2001 film ‘Open Wound’, he followed a diet and new level of training to lose weight in order to embody his character as a Detroit police officer.
However, Steven Seagal’s final appearances have shown that after the age of 70 he is an overweight individual despite the theoretical vegetarian diet he follows as a Buddhist. Her wardrobe is filled with a wardrobe of baggy clothes, but she hasn’t been able to hide the change. The physical change can be explained partly because he has focused more on his political career, his aspect as a musician, and his 8 children from 4 different marriages.
In contrast, photographs of his first public appearance suggest that his investment in hair transplants has proved quite durable, as at the age of 71 he has very thick hair.
It is not known whether this physical change is the product of a disease or health disorder.