Jean-Claude Van Damme
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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 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).

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Character : Gibson Rickenbacker

Hard Target

Character : Chance Boudreaux


Character : Kurt Sloane


Universal Soldier: The Return

Character : Luc Devereux

Nowhere to Run

Character : Sam Gillen


Character : Alain Lefevre

Maximum Risk

Character : Alain Moreau / Mikhail Suverov


Character : Eddie Lomax

Until Death

Character : Anthony Stowe


Character : Frank Dux

Street Fighter

Character : Colonel William Guile

The Shepherd: Border Patrol

Character : Jack Robideaux


Character : Max Walker

Sudden Death

Character : Darren Francis Thomas McCord

The Quest

Character : Christopher Dubois

Universal Soldier

Character : Luc Deveraux / GR44


Character : Leon Gaultier

Double Team

Character : Jack Quinn

Double Impact

Character : Alex / Chad Wagner

The Hard Corps

Character : Phillippe Sauvage


Character : J.C.V.D.

Universal Soldier: Regeneration

Character : Luc Deveraux

Wake of Death

Character : Ben Archer

Knock Off

Character : Marcus Ray

The Order

Character : Rudy Cafmeyer

Death Warrant

Character : Louis Burke


Character : Jacques Kristoff

Second in Command

Character : Cmdr. Samuel 'Sam' Keenan

In Hell

Character : Kyle LeBlanc


Character : Frenchy

Assassination Games

Character : Vincent Brazil

Dragon Eyes

Character : Tiano


Character : Stillman

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

Character : Luc Deveraux

6 Bullets

Character : Samson Gaul

Welcome to the Jungle

Character : Storm

Enemies Closer

Character : Xander

Pound of Flesh

Character : Deacon

Rue barbare

Character : Extra in Police Arrival Sequence (uncredited)

Kill 'em All

Character : Philip

Black Water

Character : Wheeler


Character : Lukas

We Die Young

Character : Daniel

Le Dernier Mercenaire

Character : Richard Brumére


Character : Replicant / Garrotte

No Retreat, No Surrender

Character : Ivan Kraschinsky "The Russian"

Black Eagle

Character : Andrei

The Making of Double Impact, Parts 1 & 2

Character : No character defined

Universal Soldier: A Tale of Two Titans

Character : Himself

JCVD's Day Out

Character : JCVD

Monsieur Jean-Claude

Character : (uncredited)

What's My Name?

Character : No character defined

Ultimate Fights from the Movies

Character : Max Walker (archive footage)

Monaco Forever

Character : Gay Karate Man

Dans la peau de Jean-Claude Van Damme

Character : No character defined

Kickboxer: Retaliation

Character : Master Durand

The Unbeatable Bruce Lee

Character : Himself (archive footage)

Guns, Genes & Fighting Machines: The Making of 'Universal Soldier'

Character : Himself


Character : George

Kickboxer: Vengeance

Character : Master Durand


Character : Charles

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

Character : Self

Ржевский против Наполеона

Character : Himself

Een vrouw tussen hond en wolf

Character : Movie Goer / Man in Garden (uncredited)

The Path of the Dragon

Character : Himself (archive footage)

The Expendables 2

Character : Jean Vilain

Top Fighter

Character : Himself (Archive Footage)

Minions: The Rise of Gru

Character : Jean Clawed (voice)

Beur sur la ville

Character : Colonel Merot

All the Love You Cannes!

Character : Self


Character : Spectator in First Dance Sequence

Kung Fu Panda 2

Character : Master Croc (voice)


Character : Jean-Claude Van Damme

Kadyrov, Ubu dictateur de Tchétchénie

Character : Self (archive footage)


Character : Himself

Missing in Action

Character : Soldier (uncredited)

In Search of the Last Action Heroes

Character : No character defined

The Curse of the Dragon

Character : Self (archive footage)


Character : Jean-Claude Van Damme

Kung Fu Panda 3

Character : Master Croc (voice)

The Best of Martial Arts Films

Character : Himself

Playboy Mansion Parties Uncensored

Character : Himself

Voices That Care

Character : Self - Choir Member

Last Action Hero

Character : Jean-Claude Van Damme (uncredited)

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

Character : Gibson Rickenbacker (archive footage) (uncredited)

Jean-Claude Van Damme Tv Credits


Character : Jean-Claude Van Damme

Las Vegas

Character : Self

E! True Hollywood Story

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Celebrities Uncensored

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Jean-Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors

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Character : Self

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Character : No character defined

Jean-Claude Van Johnson

Character : Johnson

WCW Monday Nitro

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Character : Self

Vivement dimanche

Character : Self

Viva el lunes

Character : Self

C'è posta per te

Character : No character defined

رامز موڤي ستار

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