I recently spent some time for 90 with Niuy with a former team mate and now stage and television star Geno Segers, who currently plays the role of Mason Makoola on the Disney Channel's hit series, Pair of Kings. Before Geno landed in Hollywood, we played together in the 1995 Coca Cola World Sevens Tournament in Sydney, the first ever Battle of St.Patrick's Day at RFK Stadium in Washington DC which was live on ESPN2, and the 1995 Emerging Nations World Cup in England where we played the Cook Islands, Scotland, and Russia.
Geno Segers was born in Winston Salem, North Carolina. While growing up, Geno, a wrestler, football player and track athlete; won a city championship in football and wrestling while attending Caver High School. After moving on to East Forsyth, Geno became the 1st Two Time State Wrestling Champ at East Forsyth High School. After being named to the All State Football Team, he then accepted a full scholarship from Western Carolina University where he had tremendous success as a football player.
After making the 1st team Sport Network All American and just missing out on the NFL by a few pounds and less then 2 tenths of a second, he moved to Charlotte NC. While in Charlotte, Geno was a member of the Barrons Minor League Football team for two years. After winning a National Championship he left to pursue a career in International Rugby. After playing for the USA team, both nationally and internationally, Geno moved to New Zealand to play for the Richmond Rovers. At 6’4″ and 290lbs, Geno was a giant 2nd rower. He then moved back to wrestling and in his 1st year he became the New Zealand National Champ at 130kg class. Always willing to try his hand at any new sport, Geno spent time cliff diving, Sumo wrestling and full contact wrestling, Geno’s career includes a teaching stint in NC teaching high school algebra before returning New Zealand and went into business for himself as a small trader buying and selling goods all over Auckland, New Zealand.
A pivotal turn in his career, Geno took a dare and went to a Walt Disney audition which landed him the part as a bass in the chorus. Being a part of the original Sydney Australia Lion King Cast was the 1st time Geno had been in front of so many people where there was no one trying to hurt him! It was at this moment he knew he had found what he had been looking for in a career. After two years as a bass in The Lion King, Geno earned the role of “Mufasa” in the Melbourne season. He was also part of the original cast “Mufasa” for China. Once the touring company closed, Geno headed back to the states to play the role of “Mufasa” in a touring company of the show. Geno performed to crowds in Denver, Los Angeles, Omaha, Cincinnati, Austin, St. Louis, Cleveland, Honolulu, Mexico City and Milwaukee. Geno is now living in Los Angeles pursuing a career in TV and Film.
It was at this moment that Geno had finally found what he had been looking for in a career. His true calling is being a performer.
Check out my chat with Geno Seegers at 90 with Niuy and find out more about Geno's career at wwwgenosegers.com