Today is Steven Seagal’s birthday and I just wanted to take this moment to say that I think he is one of the most underrated actors of the last 50 years. Yeah, I said it! In an industry that is so image conscious, here is a guy who’s face looks not unlike a monkey’s puckered butthole who achieved the heights of Hollywood stardom. Not even baldness fazed him. His hairline made a hasty retreat in 1992 and then stopped, his 4 remaining hairs cemented to his skull by the sheer force concentration from aikido powers. Why do people make fun of his acting skills? His line delivery is reminiscent of a young Marlon Brando in On The Waterfront or perhaps Squiggy in later episodes of Laverne and Shirley. And you want to talk range? This guy can play a renegade cop, an ex-CIA agent, a Navy Seal, an Indian, a karate master, a mob enforcer, a vampire hunter, or Steven Seagal in a reality series with equal ease. I’d like to see Tom Hanks do that!
When in doubt, Steven has been known to let his fists do the acting. The video above is a compilation of some of his best bar fight scenes. No one ever swung a pool cue at the heads of nameless goons like sensei Seagal.