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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... See full bio »

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2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Double Impact
Double Impact Alex / Chad Wagner
(1991)
Universal Soldier
Universal Soldier Luc Deveraux / GR44
(1992)
Kickboxer
Kickboxer Kurt Sloane
(1989)
Bloodsport
Bloodsport Frank Dux
(1988)

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 2016 Kung Fu Panda 3
Master Croc (voice)
 2015/I Pound of Flesh
Deacon Lyle
 2014 Swelter
Stillman
 2013 Welcome to the Jungle
Storm
 2012 U.F.O.
George
 2012 Dragon Eyes
Tiano
 2011 Beur sur la ville
Le colonel
 2011 Kung Fu Panda 2
Master Croc (voice)
 2010 Soldiers
Frenchy
 2008 JCVD
JCVD
 2006 Sinav
Charles
 2001 Replicant
Replicant / Edward Garrotte
 1994 Timecop
Walker
 1990 Lionheart
Lyon
 1988 Bloodsport
Frank Dux (as Jean Claude Van Damme)
 1984 Monaco Forever
Gay Karate Man (as Jean-Claude Vandam)
 1984 Missing in Action
Soldier (uncredited)
 1984 Breakin'
Spectator in First Dance Sequence (uncredited)
 1984 Barbarous Street
Extra in Police Arrival Sequence (uncredited)
 1979 Een vrouw tussen hond en wolf
Movie Goer / Man in Garden (uncredited)
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Other Works:

He appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "Voices That Care." See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 11 Interviews | 8 Articles | 5 Pictorials | 14 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Jean-Claude | Jean Claude Van Damme | Jean-Claude Van Varenbergh | Jean-Claude Vandam | Jean-Claude Vandamme | J. Claude van Damme

Height:

5' 9¾" (1.77 m)
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Personal Quote:

(2008) I see dogs on the street, and I adopt them. I took seven dogs from Thailand, and a few of them are paralyzed. One has three paws instead of four. One is limping, so we bought him a wheelchair. I spent my own money to fly them back by private jet. In commercial, they can have heart attacks because of stress - it's dark and icy cold. I love animals. I have nine dogs and a kitty. My biggest ... See more »

Trivia:

His very brief work on the production of Predator (1987) unexpectedly helped him to become an action star. While working as a waiter, van Damme spotted producer Menahem Golan in his restaurant, and did a roundhouse kick for him without spilling a drop from the bowl of soup he had in his hands. Golan was sufficiently fascinated to invite van Damme on an official audition. During the audition, van ... See more »

Trademark:

Thrilling one and all with his 360-degree ultimate leaping & super flying karate kicks. See more »

Nickname:

J.C. See more »

Star Sign:

Libra

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