December 08, 2023

Jean-Claude Van Damme (JCVD) Biography, Age, Wife, Children, Family, Facts, Wiki & More

Updated On : August 13, 2021

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Short Biography

Jean-Claude Van Damme (JCVD) was born on 18-10-1960 in Brussels, Belgium. He is a Belgian Film Actor, Martial Artist, Screenwriter, Film Producer, Film Director, Bodybuilder & Video Game Artist who is best known for his work in Hollywood.

Other Name: Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg, Van Damme, The Muscles from Brussels, JCVD
Other Professions: Martial Artist Screenwriter Film Producer Film Director Bodybuilder Video Game Artist
Appearance: Hollywood

Jean-Claude Van Damme Complete Bio & Career

Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg, popularly known as Jean-Claude Van Damme, is a martial artist, Belgian actor, screenwriter, director and, film producer. He started martial arts at the early age of ten. His style consists of Kickboxing and Shotokan. He joined National Center of Karate when he was just 12. He earned his black belt at 18 years age in karate. He won Mr. Belgium bodybuilding title. He studied ballet for 5 years. Later continued and took Muay Thai and Taekwondo.
He started his competitive karate career in Belgium at the age of 15. His match at the Forest National Arena against  Patrick Teugels was a most memorable one. In 1977 he started a career in’ full-contact’. He has a record consist of 18 wins and only 1 loss from the year 1977 to 1982. Mike Anderson who was the editor and publisher of  Professional Karate Magazine along with Geert Lemmens (European champion ) noticed him. He was selected for their next project.
His journey in the film industry started in 1982 when he and Michel Qissi (his friend) shifted to the US with a dream to become famous action heroes. Both of them tried many jobs for their living. Their first on-screen appearance was in the movie ‘Breakin' in 1984 as ‘extras’. He also had a small part in  ‘Missing in Action’. Later he worked in ‘No Retreat, No Surrender ‘,’Predtor’.
The film which gave him fame was a true story of Frank Dux’ Bloodsport ‘ in 1988 which was a hit on U.S box office. He also played the role of Russian villain, in ‘Black Eagle’. Then he worked on Delta Force 2, American Ninja 3 or Cyborg. He had been part of another successful movie Kickboxer and appeared in different characters in the requels. Later he appeared in films like Death Warrant, Double Impact etc. He reached one more milestone with movie ‘Universal Soldier’ which was a hit over the sea and was one of the highest-grossing films at that time. Nowhere To Ru, Hard Target, Street Fighter, Sudden Death are few of his movies he worked afterwards. He later directed the movie ‘The Quest’. He continued working in many good movies. He directed himself in the movie’ Full Love’. He provided his voice for ‘Kung Fu Panda 2’. He was seen on his own reality TV show ‘Jean-Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors’. He continued working in many films with latest movies Kickboxer: Vengeance (2017), Kill 'Em All (2017), Kickboxer: Retaliation (2017) and next will be Black Water (2018).

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Jean-Claude Van Damme Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He is born to Eliana Van Varenbergh and Eugène Van Varenberg, who was an accountant and florist. His father is Walloon from Brussels, and his mother is Flemish. His paternal grandmother was Jewish. He has a sister named Veronique Van Varenberg. He has been married five times to four different women. In 1987, he married bodybuilder Gladys Portugues and has two children from the relation, a son named Kristopher Van Varenberg (actor) and a daughter named Bianca Bree (actress). Later he married actress Darcy LaPier in 1994. With Darcy, he has a son named Nicholas Van Varenberg. Then he had affair with his co-star Kylie Minogue. He remarried bodybuilder Gladys Portugues in 1999. He was also married to Cynthia Derderian from 1985 to 1986 and Maria Rodriguez from 1980 to 1984.

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Body Measurements

Chest Size 48
Biceps Size 18
Waist Size 34
Skin Colour Fair
Eye Colour Brown
Hair Colour Brown

Personal Info

Home Town Sint Agatha Berchem, Brussels, Belgium
Nationality Belgian
Address Brussels, Belgium
Knokke-Heist, Belgium
Hong Kong
School Sh?t?kan Karate School
College N/A
Qualification N/A
Hobbies Listening Music, Gymming, Travelling
Marital Status Married
Debut Belgian Film (as an actor) - Een vrouw tussen hond en wolf (1979)
English Film (as an actor) - Monaco Forever (1984)
Hollywood Film (as an actor) - Breakin' (1984) Hollywood Film (as a screenwriter) - Kickboxer (1989) Hollywood Film (as a producer) - Double Impact (1991)
Hollywood Fim (as a director) - The Quest (1995)
TV - Friends (1996)
Music Video - Body Count's in the House (1992)
Video Game - Body Count's in the House (1995)
Best Movies Bloodsport (1988), Double Impact (1991), Hard Target (1993), Nowhere to Run (1993), Double Team (1997), JCVD (2008) among others
Net Worth $40 Million (approx)
Official Website


Car Collections Lamborghini, McLaren P1, Ferrari


Favorite Color Black
Favorite Sport Kick Boxing
Favorite Place London
Favorite Food Non Vegetarian

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Jean-Claude Van Damme

  • He was sued for willfully gouging the eye of an extra in a sword fight while filming Cyborg in 1989.
  • Based on him, the original video game’ Mortal Kombat’ was conceived as a fighting game.
  • He had developed a cocaine habit and was arrested driving under its influence.
  • He was offered a lead role in the film’ The Expendables’ but he turned it down.
  • Known for his splits, he performed the greatest split of all time.
  • There's a statue of him in Belgium.
  • He once was homeless in L.A., eating and sleeping on the street.

Jean-Claude Van Damme Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

63 years, 1month, 20 days old age Jean-Claude Van Damme will turn 64 on 18 October, 2024. Only 10 months, 9 days, 21 hours,55 minutes has left for his next birthday.

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Jean-Claude Van Damme has celebrated the total number of 63 birthdays till date. See the analysis by days count and bar graph.

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