Jean-Claude Van Damme

Actor + Martial Artist + Director
Born Oct 18, 1960
Age 54
Hometown Sint-Agatha-Berchem
Net Worth $9 Million
Religion Roman Catholic
Height 5' 10" (178 cm)
Nationality Belgian
Other Names Varenberg, Jean-C...

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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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


In 1976, Jean-Claude is reported to have started his competitive career in Ingelmunster, Belgium, in a semi-contact match which was sanctioned by the European Karate Union. … Read More
1978 17 Years Old …  Van Damme's office supplied a list of four European karate trophies that he earned under his real name, Van Varenberg, between 1978 and 1981: the Hope Cup; the Cup of Antwerp; World Championship, WAKO; and the Gala International. … Read More
In Europe, Jean-Claude was a member of the Belgium Team when it won the European Championship on 26 December 1979 at La Coupe Francois Persoons Karate Tournament in Brussels, Belgium. … Read More
1980 19 Years Old Following a knockout victory over France's Georges Verlugels on a Professional Karate Association promotion in 1980(, Van Damme caught the attention of Professional Karate Magazine publisher and editor Mike Anderson, and multiple European champion Geet Lemmens. … Read More


1982 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Van Damme ended his full-contact career in 1982 following a knockout victory over India's Nedjad Gharbi.
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.


1994 33 Years Old Van Damme followed Nowhere To Run and Hard Target with Timecop in 1994. … Read More
1997 36 Years Old …  A turning point toward improvement of his health came from late 1997 onwards, after having finished divorce procedures.
1999 38 Years Old 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.


Subsequently he voiced "Master Croc" in the 2011 animated film Kung Fu Panda 2.
2012 51 Years Old In August 2012 Van Damme confirmed that Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning would be released on November 30, 2012 to theaters. … Read More
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