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JeanClaude Van Damme

Jean-Claude Van Damme

Actor

Van Damme was born Jean-Claude Camille François van Varenberg in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium, to Eliana and Eugène van Varenberg, an accountant. “The Muscles from Brussels” started martial arts at the age of eleven. His father introduced him to martial arts when he saw his son was physically weak. At the age of 12, van Damme began his martial arts training at Centre National De Karate (National Center of Karate) under the guidance of Master Claude Goetz in Ixelles, Belgium. Van Damme trained for 4 years and earned a spot on the Belgium Karate Team. He won the European professional karate association's middleweight championship as a teenager, and also beat the 2nd best karate fighter in the world. His goal was to be number one but got sidetracked when he left his hometown of Brussels. In 1976 at the age of sixteen, Jean-Claude started his Martial Arts fight career. Jean-Claude retired from martial arts in 1982, following a knockout over Nedjad Gharbi in Brussels, Belgium. Jean-Claude posted a 18-1 (18 knockouts) kickboxing record, and a semi-contact record of 41-4. He came to Hong Kong at the age of 19 for the first time and felt insured to do action movies in Hong Kong. In 1981, van Damme moved to Los Angeles. He took English classes while working as carpet layer, pizza delivery man, limo driver, and thanks to Chuck Norris he got a job as a bouncer at a club. Norris gave van Damme a small role in the movie Missing in Action (1984), but it wasn't good enough to get anybody's attention. In 1984, he got his first significant role as a villain named Ivan in the low-budget movie, No Retreat, No Surrender (1986). Then one day, while walking on the streets, Jean-Claude spotted a producer for Cannon Pictures and showed some of his martial arts abilities which led to a role in Bloodsport (1988). The movie, filmed in Hong Kong, was so bad when it was completed, it was shelved for almost two years. It might have never been released if van Damme did not help them to re-cut the film and begged producers to release it. They finally released the film, first in Malaysia and France and then into the US shot on a meager 1.5 million dollar budget, it became a US box-office hit in the spring of 1988. It made about 30 million worldwide and audiences supported this film for its new sensational action star, Jean-Claude van Damme. His good looks led to starring roles in higher budgeted movies like Cyborg (1989), AWOL: Absent Without Leave (1990), Double Impact (1991) and Universal Soldier (1992). In 1994, he scored with his big breakthrough $100 million worldwide hit Timecop (1994). But in the meantime, his personal life was coming apart. A divorce, followed by a new marriage, followed by another divorce. It began to show up in his career when his projects began to tank at the box office: The Quest (1996), which he directed; Maximum Risk (1996) and Double Team (1997). The three films made less than $50 million combined. In 1999, he remarried his ex-wife, Gladys Portugues, and restarted his lost career to attain new goals. With help from his family, he faced his problems and made movies like Replicant (2001), Derailed (2002), and In Hell (2003).

Born: October 18, 1960 (Age 63) in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium

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Jean-Claude Van Damme  Movies & TV Credits

Title Rating Job Role(s) Year
Movie
5.8
ActorSamson Gaul2012
Movie
3.3
ActorGeorge2012
Movie
6.3
ActorSelf2002
Movie
5.9
ActorVincent Brazil2011
Movie
5.2
ActorExtra in Police Arrival Sequence (uncredited)1984
Movie
4.3
ActorColonel Merot2011
Movie
3.9
ActorAndrei1988
Movie
4.6
ActorWheeler2018
Movie
7
ActorFrank Dux1988
Movie
6
ActorSpectator in First Dance Sequence (uncredited)1984
Movie
5.2
ActorGibson Rickenbacker1989
Movie
5.5
ActorLouis Burke1990
Movie
4
ActorJacques Kristoff2002
Movie
5.5
ActorAlex / Chad Wagner1991
Movie
4.6
ActorJack Quinn1997
Movie
4.2
ActorTiano2012
Movie
7.5
ActorGibson Rickenbacker (archive footage) (uncredited)2014
Movie
4.9
ActorXander2013
Movie
6
ActorChance Boudreaux1993
Movie
6.5
ActorCharles2006
Movie
6
ActorKyle LeBlanc2003
Movie
5.3
ActorEddie Lomax1999
Movie
6.9
ActorJ.C.V.D.2008
Movie
5.4
ActorJean-Claude Van Damme2015
Movie
5.2
ActorMaster Durand2018
Movie
5.1
ActorMaster Durand2016
Movie
4.5
ActorPhilip2017
Movie
4.6
ActorMarcus Ray1998
Movie
7.2
ActorMaster Croc (voice)2011
Movie
7.3
ActorMaster Croc (voice)2016
Movie
5.3
ActorAlain Lefevre1998
Movie
6.1
ActorLeon Gaultier1990
Movie
5.9
ActorLuc Deveraux / GR441992
Movie
3.9
ActorColonel William Guile1994
Movie
5.7
ActorMax Walker1994
Movie
5.6
ActorDarren Francis Thomas McCord1995
Movie
4.4
ActorLuc Devereux1999
Movie
5.1
ActorLuc Deveraux2009
Movie
5.4
ActorChristopher Dubois1996
Movie
5.5
ActorSam Gillen1993
Movie
5.3
ActorAlain Moreau / Mikhail Suverov1996
Movie
4.9
ActorLuc Deveraux2012
Movie
5.8
ActorIvan Kraschinsky "The Russian"1986
Movie
5.1
ActorReplicant / Garrotte2001
Movie
5.5
ActorSoldier (uncredited)1984
Movie
4.7
ActorStorm2013
Movie
5.5
ActorAnthony Stowe2007
Movie
5.3
ActorBen Archer2004
Movie
4.4
ActorRudy Cafmeyer2001
Movie
4.9
ActorDeacon2015
Movie
4.7
ActorStillman2014
Movie
6.1
ActorJean-Claude Van Damme2004
Movie
7.2
ActorFrenchy2010
Movie
3
ActorHimself2012
Movie
7
ActorSelf (archive footage)1993
Movie
3.5
ActorGay Karate Man1984
Movie
6.3
ActorSelf2014
Movie
6
ActorMovie Goer / Man in Garden (uncredited)1979
Movie
5.4
ActorDaniel2019
Movie
5.8
ActorLukas2018
Movie
6.9
ActorHimself1990
Movie
6.3
ActorJean-Claude Van Damme (uncredited)1993
Movie
6.7
ActorJean Clawed (voice)2022
Movie
7.1
Actor2019
Movie
5.4
ActorRichard Brumére2021
Movie
3.9
ActorJean-Claude Van Damme2021
Movie
6
ActorHimself (Archive Footage)1995
Movie
6.9
ActorHimself (archive footage)2001
Movie
ActorHimself2004
Movie
5.1
ActorCmdr. Samuel 'Sam' Keenan2006
Movie
5.4
ActorPhillippe Sauvage2006
Movie
5.7
ActorJack Robideaux2008
Movie
Actor
Movie
ActorRussell Hatch2024
Movie
6.7
ActorJean Vilain2012
Movie
6.2
ActorKurt Sloane1989
Movie
ActorSelf2023
TV Special
7.3
ActorSelf - Portait Subject & Interviewee (archive)2023
Movie
ActorPhilip
Movie
ActorSlinger2013
Limited Series
7.6
ActorJohnson
6 Episodes
2016-2017
TV Show
8
Actor8 Episodes2011-2011
TV Show
6.7
Actor1 Episode1996
TV Show
2.9
ActorSelf
1 Episode
1999-2014
TV Show
7.7
Actor1 Episode1995-2001
TV Show
7.3
ActorSelf
1 Episode
2003-2008
TV Show
3.2
ActorSelf
1 Episode
2003-2004
TV Show
5.5
Actor1 Episode1992-2013
TV Show
8
ActorSelf
1 Episode
2010-2021
TV Show
4.1
ActorSelf
1 Episode
1998
TV Show
ActorSelf
1 Episode
1995-2001
TV Show
4.4
Actor1 Episode2000
TV Show
8.7
ActorSelf
1 Episode
1994-2004
TV Show
7
ActorSelf
1 Episode
2019
TV Show
5.9
ActorSelf
1 Episode
1962
TV Show
8.7
ActorJean-Claude Van Damme
1 Episode
1994-2004
Movie
7.4
Actor2003
Movie
5.9
ActorSelf - Choir Member1991
Movie
ActorSelf2004
TV Show
2.4
Actor30 Episodes2022-2022
Movie
5.8
ProductionExecutive Producer2012
Movie
5.9
ProductionExecutive Producer2011
Movie
4.6
ProductionExecutive Producer2018
Movie
7
EditingEditor1988
Movie
5.2
EditingEditor1989
Movie
5.5
WritingScreenplay, Producer, Screenstory, Fight Choreographer, Story1991
Movie
5.3
ProductionProducer1999
Movie
6.9
ProductionExecutive Producer2008
Movie
6.2
DirectingStunt Coordinator, Martial Arts Choreographer, Action Director, Story1989
Movie
5.1
WritingCharacters2016
Movie
5.3
ProductionProducer1998
Movie
6.1
WritingScreenplay1990
Movie
5.5
CrewStunts1984
Movie
4.9
ProductionExecutive Producer2015
Movie
7.9
CrewStunts1987
Movie
7.2
DirectingDirector, Writer, Producer, Editor2010
Movie
4.4
WritingWriter2001
Movie
5.4
DirectingScreenplay, Director1996
Movie
4.4
ProductionProducer1999
Movie
5.4
ProductionExecutive Producer2019
Movie
ProductionExecutive Producer, Story2024
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