Jean-Claude Van Damme

Actor + Martial Artist + Director
Born Oct 18, 1960
Age 55
Hometown Brussels
Religion Roman Catholic
Height 5' 10" (178 cm)
Nationality Belgian
Other Names Varenberg, Jean-C...
Eye Color Hazel

Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg, professionally known as Jean-Claude Van Damme, is a Belgian martial artist, actor, and director best known for his martial arts action films. The most successful of these films include Bloodsport (1988), Kickboxer (1989), Universal Soldier (1992), Hard Target (1993), Timecop (1994), Sudden Death (1995) and JCVD (2008). He is known as "The Muscles from Brussels".… Read More

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Jean-Claude Van Damme
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1960 Birth Van Damme was born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg, on 18 October 1960, in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium, the son of Eliana and Eugène Van Varenberg, who was an accountant. … Read More


1976 15 Years Old …  From 1976-1980, Van Damme compiled a record of 44 victories and 4 defeats in tournament and non-tournament semi-contact matches.
…  Van Damme had a 1977 victory over Teugels. … Read More
1979 18 Years Old Van Damme was a member of the Belgium Karate Team when it won the European Karate Championship on 26 December 1979 at La Coupe Francois Persoons Karate Tournament in Brussels.
1980 19 Years Old In 1980, Van Damme caught the attention of Professional Karate Magazine publisher and editor Mike Anderson, and multiple European champion Geert Lemmens. … Read More


1982 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Van Damme retired from competition in 1982. … Read More
1987 26 Years Old …  Van Damme worked for director John McTiernan for the 1987 film Predator as an early (eventually abandoned) version of the titular alien, before being removed and replaced by Kevin Peter Hall. His breakout film was Bloodsport, based on the alleged true story of Frank Dux. Shot on a 1.5 million dollar budget, it became a U.S. box-office hit in the spring of 1988. … Read More
1988 27 Years Old Van Damme also had a non-speaking part as a Secret Service agent who carries a polio-crippled President Franklin Roosevelt (Ralph Bellamy) out of a pool in the 1988 TV miniseries War and Remembrance.


1992 31 Years Old Van Damme has been married five times to four different women. He was married to his third wife, bodybuilder Gladys Portugues - with whom he has two children: Kristopher (born 1987) and Bianca (born 1990) - until 1992, when he began an affair with actress Darcy LaPier, whom he married in February 1994.
1994 33 Years Old Van Damme followed Nowhere To Run and Hard Target with Timecop in 1994. … Read More
1999 38 Years Old 1 More Event
The 1999 film Universal Soldier: The Return, also a box-office flop, was Van Damme's last theatrically released film until 2008.


2003 42 Years Old In 2003, Van Damme employed his dancing training in the music video for Bob Sinclar's "Kiss My Eyes."
2008 47 Years Old Van Damme returned to the mainstream with the limited theatrical release of the 2008 film JCVD, which received positive reviews. … Read More
2009 48 Years Old Van Damme reprised his role as Luc Deveraux in the 2009 film Universal Soldier: Regeneration.
2010 49 Years Old He was offered a lead role in Sylvester Stallone's 2010 film The Expendables. … Read More


He scheduled a series of film projects for 2011, including another Universal Soldier movie.
2012 51 Years Old That same year he had an affair with his Street Fighter co-star Kylie Minogue during filming of that movie in Thailand, though LaPier, who was pregnant at the time with their son, did not become aware of this until Van Damme publicly admitted this in 2012.
2013 52 Years Old On 13 November 2013, Volvo Trucks released an advertisement on YouTube that shows Van Damme doing the splits while perched with each of his feet on the outer rearview mirrors of one semi-trailer truck and one box truck moving backwards, which Van Damme describes in the commercial as "the most epic of splits".
2015 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2015 he features in a new situation comedy television series JC 1er which is set to broadcast on French television channel Canal+. … Read More
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