Steven Seagal Sworn Deputy Sheriff In West Texas

EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Martial arts film star Steven Seagal has been sworn in as deputy sheriff in a West Texas border county and will start working sometime this year, authorities said.

Hudspeth County Sheriff's Lt. Robert Wilson confirmed Thursday that Seagal, 59, took the oath this week from Sheriff Arvin West.

The sheriff's office says the star of such films as "Hard to Kill" and "Exit Wounds" contacted West in August inquiring about work opportunities.

Seagal has been a deputy sheriff in the past while filming a reality show about his work as an officer of the law in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.

"It became clear to me that Mr. Seagal is not in this for his celebrity or publicity. He is like the rest of us," West said in a news release.