Steven Seagal

by ethnic on January 4, 2008

MOSCOW - JUNE 28: Steven Seagal arrives for press conference the

Birth Name: Steven Frederic Seagal

Place of Birth: Lansing, Michigan, U.S.

Date of Birth: April 10, 1952

*Ashkenazi Jewish (father)
*English, German, distant Irish and Dutch (mother)

Steven Seagal is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, director, musician, and martial artist.

Steven is the son of Patricia Anne (Fisher) and Samuel Seagal. Steven’s father was born in Rhode Island, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants; he was born with the surname Siegelman, later changing it to Seagal. Steven’s mother was born in Michigan, and was of English, German, and distant Irish and Dutch, descent.

Steven was born in Lansing, Michigan, and grew up in Fullerton, California, where he first learned martial arts. He lived in Japan for a number of years, and speaks Japanese fluently. Steven was granted Serbian and Russian citizenship in 2016. He is married to Erdenetuya Batsukh, who is from Mongolia. Steven is a devout Buddhist.

Steven has seven children: a son with his wife Erdenetuya; two children, including writer and actress Ayako Fujitani, with his former wife, Japanese-born Miyako Fujitani, the daughter of an aikido instructor; and three children with his former wife, actress and model Kelly LeBrock.

Steven’s paternal grandfather was Nathan Seagal (originally Nathan Siegelman, the son of Paul Siegelman and Ida). Nathan was Jewish, and was born in Babruysk, now in Belarus.

Steven’s paternal grandmother was Dora Goldstein (the daughter of Jacob Goldstein and Rachel Geldgesen). Dora was a Russian Jewish immigrant.

Steven’s maternal grandfather was Frederick/Fred Joseph Fisher (the son of Otis Lewis Fisher and Ida Harmon). Frederick was born in Michigan. Otis was born in Michigan, the son of Japhet Fisher and Maria Williams. Ida was born in New York, to German parents, Johann Friedrich Christian/Christopher Herrmann/Harmon and Amelia/Minne Augrin/Ingram.

Steven’s maternal grandmother was Lanah Irene Lewis (the daughter of Clarence Lemuel Lewis and Mary Almira Bidelman). Lanah was born in Michigan. Clarence was the son of Lemuel Lewis and Mary Melissa Meloy. Steven’s great-grandmother Mary was the daughter of Charles Parker Bidelman and Mary Lorana Thorn.

Steven is sometimes described as, and/or has described himself as, having Native American, Irish, and/or Italian ancestry. None of these claims are accurate. In one interview with a Russian outlet, Steven stated (see quote below) that his grandfather was either of Kalmyk or Buryat descent. This statement is not accurate. Steven’s grandfather, Nathan Siegelman/Seagal, was a Yiddish-speaking Russian Jewish immigrant.

When the war began in America from Russian Buddhist Republics moved immigrants, and among them was my grandfather. We do not know whether he was a Kalmyk and Buryat… As a child, I just said – “He was a Mongol,” and now there is nobody to ask. Anyone who might know the answer to this question is already gone… Perhaps I Kalmyk. I look like a Kalmyk?

Sources: Genealogy of Steven Seagal –

Steven’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Steven’s mother (focusing on her father’s side) –

Steven’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Steven’s maternal grandfather, Frederick/Fred Joseph Fisher, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Steven’s maternal grandfather, Frederick/Fred Joseph Fisher –

Steven’s maternal great-grandparents, Otis Lewis Fisher and Ida Harmon, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Steven’s maternal grandmother, Lanah Irene Lewis (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Russian interview with Steven Seagal, 2007, where he states that he had a Mongolian grandfather –

photo by Denis Makarenko/

{ 72 comments… read them below or add one }

cwm85 October 14, 2015 at 4:03 pm

His surname is definitely Jewish…

andrew June 27, 2014 at 11:48 am

Which is his mother surname?

Check7t October 4, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Can’t find it…

follers September 4, 2015 at 1:08 am

His genealogy is up now. Never mind Mongol, as it turns out, he isn’t even Irish!

andrew October 14, 2015 at 5:26 am

are you sure his mother is Patricia Anne Fisher? I read a nurse named Patrizia Bitonti (1930-2003), born in San Giovanni in Fiore, Province of Cosenza, Calabria, Italy, was Steven’s mother. Is that true?

follers October 14, 2015 at 2:44 pm

Ridiculous. Patricia Seagal (1930-2003)’s Social Security Death Index lists her maiden name as Patricia Anne Fisher and her parents as Frederick Fisher and Lanah Lewis.

Steven’s maternal grandfather’s obituary also mentions Patricia (the only Patricia Seagal who lived in California).

andrew October 14, 2015 at 3:48 pm

I believe in you. Is available a marriage record of Steven’s parents?

follers October 14, 2015 at 3:57 pm
andrew October 14, 2015 at 4:18 pm

ok. He is also sometimes described as having Native American ancestry.

follers October 14, 2015 at 4:25 pm

Yes, obviously Steven or others have said that he has Irish, Italian, Native American, and (the latest) Mongol ancestry through the years. All wrong. I have addressed this in the text.

andrew October 14, 2015 at 4:30 pm

not even Chuck Norris claimed that

nnnnn March 2, 2013 at 12:48 am

I know, why Ralf SIEGEL wrote his tschingischan song.
He’s a “monol”, too. (D)

nnnnn January 21, 2013 at 1:07 am

Only a “mongoloid” can believe, that Siegelman and
Goldstein are mongolian, kalmyk or russian names

Affellay December 19, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Buryat or Kalmyk descent? Mein Gott they should be proud of having such a famous celeb as a member of their tribe haha u r kidding me … Jewish is more likely (considering his surname) but Irish is definitely irrelevant

Alice December 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm

What do you mean Irish is irrelevant. That is half his ancestry.

Affellay December 20, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Well, he looks a bit Mongolian and he has 100% Jewish surname (although he calls himself Russian plus he curses in Russian) but hes never claimed to feel proud of his Irish roots or at least support Irish community, being involved into their culture or having Irish friends. Hes not even Catholic (& I guess never been) which is very odd for a typical Irish guy. He has always embraced his Russian (Jewish) and Mongolian descent but never Irish. He frequently visits mother Russia but hes never been 2 Ireland yet, makes sense, huh? He has no Irish influence at all (as well as no Irish accent which is weird too). Moreover none of his wives were Irish(?). If u said half-Russian it would have been a lot more appropriate)) btw his current wife speaks Russian fluently! Any1 disagree?

Alice December 20, 2012 at 6:58 pm

He’s not a “typical Irish guy”. He’s an American with Irish ancestry. Half his ancestry is Irish though so it is not irrelevant. What has your ancestry got to do with who you marry? How would he have an Irish accent when he’s an American? If you have Chinese ancestry and live in America, speak English and marry a Russian that does not change the fact that you have Chinese ancestry.

Alice December 20, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Many Irish aren’t Catholic by the way. Bono from U2 isn’t a Catholic.

Affellay December 21, 2012 at 12:05 am

U are totally wrong bout Bono. He was raised Catholic.

Alice December 21, 2012 at 12:42 am
One of his parents was Anglican and one was Catholic. He was raised in both religions so I guess he has had Catholic influence. I’m just trying to show you don’t necessarily have to be Catholic to be Irish.

nnnnn December 21, 2012 at 1:27 am

Bono told, his mother is irish protestant minority.
Back to Seagal: I think, his parents were atheists.

nnnnn December 20, 2012 at 11:45 pm

I read, his mother was abandoned as baby, but she’s
concidered as irish

nnnnn December 21, 2012 at 12:49 am

I ment Seagal, not Bono

nnnnn January 21, 2013 at 1:05 am

I clicked accidentelly “agree”, but you are wrong. “none of his wifes were irish” And russian? He prefers
asian or asian-looking women.He visited Russia, and didn’t visited Ireland just because russia is a very large country and he can better sell his movies. He’s just a businessman. His current wife speaks russian, cur
she’s from Mongolia, and must to study russian at
scholl, like in other communist countries

nnnnn December 20, 2012 at 11:43 pm

“I suspect”. Sorry, you sounds like Marc. What to you
mean, his father “bought documents”?
Seagal or Siegel can’t be only a jewish name (Affelay).
And never russian, mongol or some “kalmyk”

nnnnn December 20, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Smb knows, what’s “Kalmyk”?

Affellay December 21, 2012 at 12:26 am

Kalmyk ppl originally come from a multinational country called mother Russia:) They are usually described as Mongolians or simply Asians. They mostly have Russian-sounding family names (although majority of ’em are Buddhists). They are not so rare though. For example a famous French footballer Yuri Djorkaeff has a Kalmyk grandfather.

Hassan September 9, 2012 at 11:49 am

He said that he had Russian heritage. He never mentioned that he was partial Jewish, I read this for the first time(no offense).

nnnnn September 10, 2012 at 12:11 am

he’s ashamed of jewish heritage, but really, do you think,
“Seagal” is a russian name? It’s a Jewish name, no doubt.

Affellay December 19, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Well, at least he has 100% Jewish surname therefore he doesnt seem Russian 2 me, buddy))

Shanika March 26, 2012 at 12:14 pm

He has a great heritage..

nnnnn December 18, 2012 at 12:22 am

I think, it’s common for action stars, they hide it. So, J-C Varenberg changed
his name to Van Damme (my favourite actor), but as his carriere was at the lawest point, he “admited”

nnnnn December 18, 2012 at 11:17 pm

It’s not a “simple belgian name”. There are immigrants
from USSR, who has the same name, and they are
surely not belgian. And why, do you think, he changed his name?
To Schwarzie: some people have opinion, that he
spread himself the information about nazi father, I
don’t think every austrian person is a jew, but 50%
morons think, he’s a jew (guess jewornotjew)
“Statham” – you troll again

nnnnn December 20, 2012 at 12:02 am

BTW, Arnold. It’s no reason to claim, he’s of Jewish ancestry (maybe idiots think it because
of his name).

nnnnn December 18, 2012 at 11:52 pm

There are no “action stars” in the new generation,
except of Statham, Johnson and Diesel (both biracial
american). Or maybe Pitt, Bloom, La Beof, L.Hemsworth,
Downey etc.are “action stars”for you?

nnnnn December 18, 2012 at 11:54 pm

No doubt, they would be beated up by old men,
not only in movies (Bloom in “Troy” or Hem in E2),
but in real live, too

nnnnn December 19, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Varenberg is Varenberg (“Mountain of goods”), if
van or freiherr von and zu. If you “doubt”, you should doubt this whole site
(like Marc). And why? He’s not ugly Karrot Top

nnnnn December 19, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Eric Bana – O’k, but he’s a B-star.
All other, not completely girlies, but not really
action-stars. “Ted” – action movie. lol

nnnnn December 20, 2012 at 11:30 pm

I don’t claim, cuz I have no

nnnnn December 20, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Van Damme: I’m not lilke Kunis’s fans, and want
to find the truth. You mean, “Varenberg” is typical
belgian name. What’s belgian? French or flamish.
“Berg” is surely not french. What’s about flamish?
In any case, he changed his name not because
it’s not beautiful.

Anya March 26, 2012 at 10:57 am

I can see all his ethnicities in him. Very interesting.

christian March 26, 2012 at 8:36 am

his name is very Jewish, look at boris sagal and katey sagal who are also of Jewish Russian descent.

nnnnn May 9, 2012 at 2:31 am

Of course, his grandfather was Jewish, not Mongolian. “Seagal” ia a Mongolian name?

sadie March 26, 2012 at 3:35 am

He is the worst actor, can only speak monotone and he has gotten so old looking and fat!!!!

nnnnn August 29, 2012 at 1:43 am

Who cares, how he speaks. Important ist, how he kicks!
He has a 8 Dan in Aikido

I love you, Roger Scientist March 18, 2012 at 8:12 pm

He is 1/4th Mongolian? Cool!

Wayne moreland Jr March 18, 2012 at 8:09 pm

I think Seagal is awesome he is a accomplished Aikido master I do not practice the sport, but I am almost 20 years in Capoeira and about 15 years in Judo and I occasionally practice kungfu techniques.

Rabah Elaidi January 26, 2012 at 5:35 am

To me he looks like the real red Indian witch is real American, but I like him and I like his movies.

Rabah Elaidi January 26, 2012 at 5:30 am

To me he looks like real America. Red Indian witch those are the real Americ, but Jewish I never thought. But I like him and I like his moves.

bracchetto November 1, 2011 at 4:14 pm

looks 100% Jewish to me.

A October 4, 2011 at 10:33 am

OMG, I never knew that. I am Kalmyk. Happy to hear that the hero of my childhood movies is 25 % kalmyk!

nnnnn May 9, 2012 at 2:34 am

You are Kalmyck? Is “Seagal” a Kalmyck name? It’s 100%
Jewish name.

ana August 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I though he was half native american

raicht September 22, 2011 at 8:17 pm

he said that once….. but no one wanted to believe him

aps May 20, 2011 at 7:00 am

Hear him speak about Russian roots at 3 minutes.

aps May 20, 2011 at 7:13 am
Damien January 22, 2011 at 9:25 am

Well hes a master ive studied for years ive been martial arts for 8 years now and im test for my black belt in 2 months i would really like too meet steven seagal someday

James May 5, 2010 at 8:51 am

seems he got good parts from both race, caucasian and east asian. a tall and wide body from caucasian side, some stoic facial parts from east asian side. that mixed looks flatters him the martial artist actor.

ben February 10, 2010 at 3:49 am

He’s also a devout Buddhist.

raciality 1o1 August 31, 2011 at 5:44 pm

That would make him …………hmmmm…… by rayshal

lolo February 5, 2010 at 5:33 am

he looks south european to me

Sally M Rhodes January 19, 2010 at 8:03 am

a truly great actor whom I always thought was of native american descent long may he continue to make movies.

aps January 10, 2010 at 6:47 pm

it was sooo hard!:)

ethnic January 9, 2010 at 10:53 pm

aps, great find. how did you find that article?

aps January 8, 2010 at 10:44 pm

I found a few interviews where he talks about his roots. Only these interviews in Russian. But they can be transferred to the translator.

In first interview he say: “My grandfather was born in St. Petersburg, my wife is fluent in Russian, and among the Russian, living in the U.S. I have many close friends. I’m always glad when they come to my house! Especially – the day of birth!”

In second: “When the war began in America from the Buddhist republics of Russia moved the emigrants, and among them was my grandfather. We do not know whether he was a Kalmyk or Buryat.
As a child I just said – “It was the Mongols, and now no one to ask. Anyone who might know the answer to this question is already gone.
Perhaps I Kalmyk. I like the Kalmyk? [laughs] “

ethnic November 7, 2009 at 10:09 pm

There was talk of him making a movie about the mongol conqueror Ghengis Khan but ididnt hear anything about him being part mongol.

aps November 6, 2009 at 4:50 pm

I know that at his the Mongolian blood. He spoke that its ancestors lived in Mongolia, on border with Russia. Also that is possible at it there is a Buryat blood or even the Russian.

nancy November 6, 2009 at 4:06 pm

i always thought he was Italian w/ some Asian. he is a beautiful man and i will always respect whom he is. love you always, you were part of me growing up, thanks for the beautiful memories. Somebody who lives in California but is originally from new jersey.

lis October 31, 2009 at 4:20 am

maybe he is native american and japanes mix. or could he be peruvian

MARY October 31, 2009 at 7:29 am


linda August 15, 2009 at 2:08 am

well you could’ve fooled me, steven segal looks so much indian mixed with japanese its amazing. well anyway he is one super terrific actor. hope he stays in the biz for a long time.

ethnic August 15, 2009 at 9:09 am

I thought he was part Native American of Asian. Its the eyes.

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