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Jean-Claude Van Damme

Jean-Claude Van Damme

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 U.S. Shot on a meager 1.5 million dollar budget, it became a U.S 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), A.W.O.L.: 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).

Jean-Claude Van Damme Movies : Filmography

Kickboxer

Kickboxer

Master Durand

Released: 2016  

Kung Fu Panda 3

Kung Fu Panda 3

Master Croc (voice)

Released: 2016  

The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films

The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films

Himself

Released: 2014  

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

Gibson Rickenbacker (archive footage) (uncredited)

Released: 2014  

Swelter

Swelter

Stillman

Released: 2014  

Enemies Closer

Enemies Closer

Released: 2013  

Slinger

Slinger

Gibson Rickenbacker

Released: 2013 Rated: 18 

Welcome To The Jungle

Welcome To The Jungle

Storm

Released: 2013  

U.F.O.

U.F.O.

George

Released: 2012  

Universal Soldier: A New Dimension

Universal Soldier: A New Dimension

Luc Deveraux

Released: 2012  

6 Bullets

6 Bullets

Samson Gaul

Released: 2012 Rated:

The Expendables 2

The Expendables 2

Released: 2012  

Dragon Eyes

Dragon Eyes

Tiano

Released: 2012  

Ржевский против Наполеона

Ржевский против Наполеона

Released: 2012  

Beur sur la ville

Beur sur la ville

Colonel Merot

Released: 2011  

Assassination Games

Assassination Games

Vincent Brazil

Released: 2011  

Kung Fu Panda 2

Kung Fu Panda 2

Master Croc

Released: 2011 Rated: PG 

The Eagle Path

The Eagle Path

Released: 2010  

Universal Soldier: Regeneration

Universal Soldier: Regeneration

Luc Deveraux

Released: 2009 Rated:

JCVD

JCVD

J.C.V.D.

Released: 2008 Rated:

The Shepherd: Border Patrol

The Shepherd: Border Patrol

Jack Robideaux

Released: 2008  

Until Death

Until Death

Anthony Stowe

Released: 2007  

Sınav

Sınav

Charles

Released: 2006  

The Hard Corps

The Hard Corps

Phillippe Sauvage

Released: 2006  

Second in Command

Second in Command

Cmdr. Samuel 'Sam' Keenan

Released: 2006  

Wake of Death

Wake of Death

ben archer

Released: 2004 Rated:

Narco

Narco

Himself

Released: 2004  

In Hell

In Hell

Kyle LeBlanc

Released: 2003  

Derailed

Derailed

kristoff

Released: 2002  

All the Love You Cannes!

All the Love You Cannes!

Himself

Released: 2002  

Ultimate Fights from the Movies

Ultimate Fights from the Movies

Max Walker (archive footage)

Released: 2002  

The Unbeatable Bruce Lee

The Unbeatable Bruce Lee

Himself (archive footage)

Released: 2001  

The Order

The Order

Rudy Cafmeyer / Charles Le Vaillant

Released: 2001 Rated:

Replicant

Replicant

Replicant / Garrotte

Released: 2001 Rated:

Desert Heat

Desert Heat

Eddie Lomax

Released: 1999 Rated:

Universal Soldier: The Return

Universal Soldier: The Return

Luc Devereux

Released: 1999 Rated:

Legionnaire

Legionnaire

Released: 1998 Rated:

Knock Off

Knock Off

Marcus Ray

Released: 1998 Rated:

Path of the Dragon

Path of the Dragon

Himself

Released: 1998  

Double Team

Double Team

Jack Quinn

Released: 1997 Rated:

Maximum Risk

Maximum Risk

Mikhail Suverov

Released: 1996 Rated:

The Quest

The Quest

Christopher Dubois

Released: 1996  

Sudden Death

Sudden Death

Darren Francis Thomas McCord

Released: 1995  

Top Fighter

Top Fighter

Himself (Archival Footage)

Released: 1995  

Street Fighter

Street Fighter

Colonel William Guile

Released: 1994 Rated: PG-13 

Timecop

Timecop

Max Walker

Released: 1994 Rated:

Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor

Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor

Kurt Sloane [archive footage]

Released: 1994  

Cinema of Vengeance

Cinema of Vengeance

Himself (archive footage)

Released: 1994  

Hard Target

Hard Target

Chance Boudreaux

Released: 1993 Rated:

Last Action Hero

Last Action Hero

Released: 1993 Rated: PG-13 

Nowhere to Run

Nowhere to Run

Sam Gillen

Released: 1993 Rated:

The Curse of the Dragon

The Curse of the Dragon

Himself (uncredited)

Released: 1993  

Universal Soldier

Universal Soldier

Luc Devreux

Released: 1992 Rated:

Double Impact

Double Impact

Alex / Chad Wagner

Released: 1991  

Death Warrant

Death Warrant

Louis Burke

Released: 1990 Rated:

Lionheart

Lionheart

Leon Gaultier

Released: 1990 Rated:

Kickboxer

Kickboxer

Kurt Sloane

Released: 1989 Rated:

Cyborg

Cyborg

Gibson Rickenbacker

Released: 1989 Rated:

Black Eagle

Black Eagle

Andrei

Released: 1988 Rated:

Bloodsport

Bloodsport

Frank Dux

Released: 1988 Rated:

No Retreat, No Surrender

No Retreat, No Surrender

Ivan Kraschinsky the Russian

Released: 1986  

Missing in Action

Missing in Action

Released: 1984 Rated:

Breakin'

Breakin'

Released: 1984  

Rue barbare

Rue barbare

Released: 1984  

Monaco Forever

Monaco Forever

Gay Karate Man

Released: 1984  

Een vrouw tussen hond en wolf

Een vrouw tussen hond en wolf

Movie Goer / Man in Garden (uncredited)

Released: 1979