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    Jean-Claude Van Damme

    • Jean-Claude Van Damme
      Jean-Claude Van Damme 2012.jpg
      Van Damme in Paris at the French premiere of The Expendables 2 in 2012
      Born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg
      (1960-10-18) 18 October 1960 (age 56)
      Sint-Agatha-Berchem, Brussels, Belgium
      Other names "The Muscles from Brussels"
      Nationality Belgian
      Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)
      Division Middleweight
      Style Karate, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Taekwondo
      Fighting out of Brussels, Belgium
      Team Team Goetz
      Trainer Claude Goetz
      Dominique Valera
      Rank      2nd Dan Black Belt in Shotokan
      Years active 1976–1982 (martial arts)
      1979–present (acting)
      Kickboxing record
      Total 19
      Wins 18
      By knockout 18
      Losses 1
      Amateur career
      Total 48
      Wins 44
      Losses 4
      Other information
      Occupation Actor, martial artist, screenwriter, film producer, director
      Spouse Maria Rodriguez (m. 1980–84)
      Cynthia Derderian (m. 1985–86)
      Darcy LaPier
      (m. 1994–97)

      Gladys Portugues (m. 1987–92);
      (1999–Present)
      Children 3

      Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg (born 18 October 1960), professionally known as Jean-Claude Van Damme and abbreviated as JCVD, is a Belgian actor, martial artist, screenwriter, film producer, and director best known for his martial arts action films. The most successful of these films include Bloodsport (1988), Kickboxer (1989), Lionheart (1990), Double Impact (1991), Universal Soldier (1992), Hard Target (1993), Street Fighter (1994), Timecop (1994), Sudden Death (1995), JCVD (2008) and The Expendables 2 (2012).

      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 and florist. His father is Walloon (French-speaking) from Brussels, and his mother is Flemish (Dutch-speaking).

      He began martial arts at the age of ten, enrolled by his father in a Shotokan karate school. His styles consist of Shotokan Karate and Kickboxing. He eventually earned his black belt in karate at 18. He started lifting weights to improve his physique, which eventually led to a Mr. Belgium bodybuilding title. At the age of 16, he took up ballet, which he studied for five years. According to Van Damme, ballet "is an art, but it's also one of the most difficult sports. If you can survive a ballet workout, you can survive a workout in any other sport." Later he took up both Taekwondo and Muay Thai.


      Year Film Functioned as Notes
      Director Producer Writer Actor Role
      1979 Woman Between Wolf and Dog Yes Movie Goer/Man in Garden Uncredited
      1984 Monaco Forever Yes Gay Karate Man Minor role
      1986 No Retreat, No Surrender Yes Ivan Krushensky
      1988 Bloodsport Yes Frank Dux also editor (uncredited)
      1988 Black Eagle Yes Andrei
      1989 Cyborg Yes Gibson Rickenbacker also editor (uncredited)
      1989 Kickboxer Yes Yes Kurt Sloane Also fight scene choreographer and fight scene director
      1990 Death Warrant Yes Louis Burke
      1990 Lionheart Yes Yes Lyon Gaultier also fight choreographer
      1991 Double Impact Yes Yes Yes Alex Wagner/Chad Wagner Dual role, also fight choreographer
      1992 Universal Soldier Yes Luc Deveraux
      1993 Last Action Hero Yes Himself Cameo
      1993 Nowhere to Run Yes Sam Gillen
      1993 Hard Target Yes Chance Boudreaux
      1994 Timecop Yes Max Walker
      1994 Street Fighter Yes Colonel William F. Guile
      1995 Sudden Death Yes Darren McCord
      1996 The Quest Yes Yes Yes Christopher Dubois
      1996 Maximum Risk Yes Alain/Mikhail Moreau Dual role
      1997 Double Team Yes Jack Quinn
      1998 Knock Off Yes Marcus Ray
      1998 Legionnaire Yes Yes Yes Alain Lefevre
      1999 Universal Soldier: The Return Yes Yes Luc Deveraux
      1999 Inferno Yes Yes Eddie Lomax Limited release
      2001 Order, TheThe Order Yes Yes Rudy Cafmeyer/Charles Le Vaillant Dual role
      Direct-to-video
      2001 Replicant Yes Edward "The Torch" Garrotte/Replicant Dual role
      Direct-to-video
      2002 Derailed Yes Jacques Kristoff Direct-to-video
      2003 In Hell Yes Kyle LeBlanc Direct-to-video
      2004 Wake of Death Yes Ben Archer Direct-to-video
      2004 Narco Yes Jean's ghost by Lenny Minor role
      2006 The Hard Corps Yes Phillip Sauvage Direct-to-video
      2006 Second in Command Yes Sam Keenan Direct-to-video
      2006 Exam, TheThe Exam Yes Charles Minor role
      2007 Until Death Yes Anthony Stowe Direct-to-video
      2008 The Shepherd: Border Patrol Yes Jack Robideaux Direct-to-video
      2008 JCVD Yes Yes Himself (fictionalized version) Limited release
      Also the executive producer
      2010 Universal Soldier: Regeneration Yes Luc Deveraux Limited release
      2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 Yes Master Croc Voice only
      2011 Assassination Games Yes Vincent Brazil Limited release
      Also the executive producer
      2011 Beur sur la ville Yes Colonel Merot Cameo
      2012 Rzhevskiy vs. Napoleon Yes Himself Cameo
      2012 Dragon Eyes Yes Jean-Luis Tiano Limited release
      2012 The Expendables 2 Yes Jean Vilain Van Damme's first widely released film since 1999
      2012 Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning Yes Luc Deveraux Limited release
      2012 Six Bullets Yes Samson Gaul Limited release
      Also the executive producer
      2012 U.F.O. Yes George Limited release
      2013 Enemies Closer Yes Xander Limited release
      2014 Welcome to the Jungle Yes Storm Rotchild Limited release
      2014 Swelter Yes Stillman Direct-to-video
      2014 Full Love Yes Yes Yes Yes Frenchy Also editor
      2015 Pound of Flesh Yes Deacon Limited release
      Also the executive producer
      2015 Jian Bing Man Yes Cameo
      2016 Kung Fu Panda 3 Yes Master Croc voice
      2016 Kickboxer: Vengeance Yes Master Durand
      2017 Kill'Em All Yes
      2017 Kickboxer: Retaliation Yes
      Year Title Role Notes
      1996 Friends Himself "The One After the Superbowl" (Season 2, Episode 12–13)
      2004 Las Vegas Himself "Die Fast, Die Furious" (Season 1, Episode 15)
      2009 Robot Chicken Himself
      Count Dracula
      Rhett Butler
      Voice only
      "Maurice Was Caught" (Season 4, Episode 12)
      2011 Jean Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors Himself 1 season (8 episodes)
      2011 Les Anges Gardiens Himself 1 season (20 episodes)
      2016 Jean-Claude Van Johnson Johnson / Jean-Claude Van Damme Pilot
      Year Song Artist
      1992 "Body Count's in the House" Body Count
      1994 "Time Won't Let Me" The Smithereens
      1994 "Straight to My Feet" MC Hammer featuring Deion Sanders
      1995 "Something There" Chage and Aska
      1999 "Crush 'Em" Megadeth
      2003 "Kiss My Eyes" Bob Sinclar
      2008 "Ya Lyublyu Ego" Iryna Bilyk and Olga Gorbacheva
      2015 "The Hum" Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs. Ummet Ozcan
      Year Title Role
      1995 Street Fighter: The Movie Colonel Guile
      Year Nominated work Award Category Results
      1988 Bloodsport Golden Raspberry Award Worst New Star Nominated
      1992 Double Impact MTV Movie Award Most Desirable Male Nominated
      1993 Nowhere to Run MTV Movie Award Most Desirable Male Nominated
      1994 Hard Target MTV Movie Award Most Desirable Male Nominated
      1998 Double Team Golden Raspberry Award Worst Screen Couple (with Dennis Rodman) Won
      2001 Replicant Video Premiere Award Best Actor Nominated
      2004 Bollywood Movie Award Bollywood Movie Award International Action Super Star Won
      2008 JCVD Silver Leopard Best Actor Nominated
      2009 JCVD TFCA Award Best Performance, Male Nominated
      2014 Macau International Film Festival Golden Lotus Award Outstanding Achievement of Action Movies Show Won
      Result Record Opponent Method Date Round Time Event Location Notes
      Win 44-4-0 Belgium Jonny Wellum Decision 7 May 1980 3 W.A.K.O. Brussels, Belgium Light-Contact (Van Damme avenges early career defeat)
      Win 43-4-0 Belgium Jordy Claes Decision 1980 3 Gala International W.A.K.O. Brussels, Belgium Light-Contact
      Win 42-4-0 Belgium Patrick Teugels l'abandon (TKO) 8 March 1980 1 Forest Nationals Brussels, Belgium Light-Contact:Teugels suffers a broken nose and is unable to continue.)
      Win 41-4-0 Hungary Andres Kovac Decision 1980 3 W.A.K.O. Brussels, Belgium Semi-Contact
      Win 40-4-0 Algeria Bekim-Moussa Muhammad Decision 1980 3 W.A.K.O. Brussels, Belgium Semi-Contact
      Win 39-4-0 Algeria Mustapha-Ahmad Benamou Decision 1980 3 W.A.K.O. Brussels, Belgium Semi-Contact
      Win 38-4-0 Germany Reinhard Krass Disq. 26 December 1979 2 Karate Tournament: Belgium Team vs. German Team Woluwe, Brussels, Belgium Light-Contact
      Win 37-4-0 Portugal Gilberto Dias l'abandon November 1979 1 World-All Styles Karate Organization Brussels, Belgium Light-Contact (Dias suffers ankle injury and is unable to continue.)
      Win 36-4-0 Germany Hans Kohler Decision 1979 3 World-All Styles Karate Organization Ingelmunster, Belgium Semi-Contact
      Loss 35-4-0 Belgium Patrick Teugels Decision 1979 3 W.A.K.O. Tampa, Florida, U.S.A. Light-Contact (Both men fight in karate gi uniforms, no pads or gloves)
      Win 35-3-0 Belgium Matthias Evrard Decision 1979 3 Cup of Antwerp World-All Styles Karate Organization Antwerp, Belgium Semi-Contact
      Win 34-3-0 Belgium Paul Sperati Decision 1979 3 World-All Styles Karate Organization Opprebais, Belgium Semi-Contact
      Win 33-3-0 Belgium Lucus Reinfeld Decision 1979 3 World-All Styles Karate Organization, Europe Interland Cup Mulhouse, Belgium Semi-Contact
      Win 32-3-0 Belgium Robbe Bogaerts Decision 1978 3 Hope Cup World-All Styles Karate Organization Brussels, Belgium Semi-Contact
      Win 31-3-0 Belgium Leonard Baptiste Decision 1978 3 World-All Styles Karate Organization Izegem, Belgium Semi-Contact
      Win 30-3-0 Portugal Fernando Cabanela Decision 1978 3 World-All Styles Karate Organization Izegem, Belgium Semi-Contact
      Loss 29-3-0 Belgium Angelo Spataro Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
      Win 29-2-0 Belgium Gabriel Van Der Driessche Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
      Win 28-2-0 Belgium Farid Muhammad Mousseau Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
      Win 27-2-0 Belgium Jacques van Laere Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
      Win 26-2-0 Belgium Christian Hedin Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
      Win 25-2-0 Belgium Gerard Charon Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
      Win 24-2-0 Portugal David Arranz Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
      Win 23-2-0 Belgium Bernard Redden Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
      Win 22-2-0 Belgium Antoine Redi Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
      Win 21-2-0 Belgium Ben Salah Ellah Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
      Win 20-2-0 Belgium Gaston Airey Foul 1978 1 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
      Win 19-2-0 Belgium Abdembi Hassan Ali Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
      Win 18-2-0 Portugal Jonas "Marcel" Cohen Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
      Win 17-2-0 Belgium Christian Van Tieghem Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
      Win 16-2-0 Belgium Max Roelandt Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
      Win 15-2-0 Belgium Andre Verbon Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
      Win 14-2-0 Belgium Michel Juvillier Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
      Win 13-2-0 Belgium Joel Maoreau Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
      Win 12-2-0 Belgium Ronald Duivenbode Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Semi-Contact
      Loss 11-2-0 Belgium Patrick Teugels Decision 1978 3 Belgium Lightweight Championship Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
      Win 11-1-0 Belgium Gris Lubbers Decision 1976 3 European Karate Union Ingelmunster, Belgium Semi-Contact
      Win 10-1-0 Belgium Andre Lemaire Decision 1977 3 World Association of Kickboxing Organizations Open International Izegem, Belgium Semi-Contact
      Win 9-1-0 Belgium Patrick Teugels Decision 1977 3 Antwerp Open International Competition W.A.K.O. Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
      Win 8-1-0 Belgium Maurice Devos Decision 1977 3 World Allstyles Kickboxing Organization Antwerp, Belgium Semi-Contact
      Win 7-1-0 France, Jacques Berri Decision 1976 3 Antwerp Open WAKO Antwerp, Belgium Semi-Contact
      Win 6-1-0 Belgium Johannes Binding Decision 1976 3 Antwerp Open WAKO Antwerp, Belgium Semi-Contact
      Win 5-1-0 France Jean-Morin Devigne Decision 1976 3 Antwerp Open WAKO Antwerp, Belgium Semi-Contact
      Win 4-1-0 Belgium Roland Vedani Decision 1976 3 European Karate Union Ingelmunster, Belgium Semi-Contact
      Win 3-1-0 Belgium Jean-Paul Gaston Decision 1976 3 European Karate Union Brussels, Belgium Semi-Contact
      Loss 2-1-0 Belgium Jonny Wellum Decision 22 January 1976 3 La Federation Europeene de Karate (European Karate Federation) Brussels, Belgium Semi-Contact (J.Vandenberg credit with Defaite (loss)
      Win 2-0-0 Belgium Bernard Briers Decision 22 January 1976 3 La Federation Europeene de Karate (European Karate Federation) Brussels, Belgium Semi-Contact (J.Vandenberg credit with victoire (win)
      Win 1-0-0 Belgium Robin Lomard Decision 22 January 1976 3 La Federation Europeene de Karate (European Karate Federation) Brussels, Belgium Semi-Contact (J.Vandenberg credit with victoire (win))-Magazine "boxe francise" (Karate)
      Result Record Opponent Method Date Round Time Event Location Notes
      Win 18-1-0 India Nedjad Gharbi KKO 1982 1 Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing
      Win 17-1-0 Belgium Daniel Le Jaouen KKO 1982 1 1:05 Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing
      Win 16-1-0 Belgium Lenny Leikman KKO 1982 3 1st Journée Des Arts Martiaux Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing
      Win 15-1-0 Turkey Ajom Mahmud Uddin KO 1981 1 0:19 Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing
      Win 14-1-0 Algeria Mustapha-Ahmad Benamou KKO 1981 1 Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing
      Win 13-1-0 Netherlands Henk Besselman KO 1981 1 Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing
      Win 12-1-0 United Kingdom Michael J. Heming KKO 1980 1 0:46 European Karate Federation Middleweight Championship Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing
      Win 11-1-0 France Georges Verlugels KO 1980 2 P.K.A. Middleweight Championship Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing
      Win 10-1-0 United States Sherman Bergman KKO 1979 Nov 4 1 0:56 Tampa, Florida, USA Full-Contact
      Win 9-1-0 Germany Rolf Risberg KKO 1979 1 Ingelmunster, Belgium Kickboxing
      Win 8-1-0 Belgium Emile Leibman KKO 1979 1 Iseghem, Belgium Kickboxing
      Win 7-1-0 Belgium Cyrille Nollet KKO 1978 1 Iseghem, Belgium Kickboxing
      Win 6-1-0 Belgium Orlando Lang KO 1978 1 0:26 Antwerp, Belgium Kickboxing
      Win 5-1-0 Belgium Jacques Piniarski KKO 1978 1 Belgium Kickboxing
      Win 4-1-0 Germany Eric "Basel" Strauss KKO 1978 1 0:18 Antwerp, Belgium Kickboxing
      Win 3-1-0 Belgium Andre "Robar" Robaeys KKO 1978 1 Mulhouse, Belgium Kickboxing
      Win 2-1-0 Belgium Michel Juvillier KO 1978 1 0:39 Antwerp, Belgium Full-Contact
      Loss 1-1-0 France Etienne "Tuf" Aubry Disq 7 March 1977 1 1:02 Marseilles, France Full-Contact (Magazine "boxe francise" (Karate))
      Win 1-0-0 Belgium Toon Van Oostrum KKO 1977 1 0:46 Brussels, Belgium Full-Contact

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