Jean-Claude Van Damme Biography: Movies, Spouse, Age, Net Worth, Height, Children

Jean-Claude Van Damme Biography: Movies, Spouse, Age, Net Worth, Height, Children

February 2, 2023 Posted By Lorenza Nicolas


Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg (born 18 October 1960), addressed as Jean-Claude Van Damme, is a celebrated actor, martial artist, filmmaker, and fight choreographer from Belgium.

The films starring him inspired innumerable martial artists worldwide. He had previously popularized and utilized these martial arts styles in his films before Muay Thai or kickboxing gained their position in the world of martial arts. Even though they didn’t have particularly large budgets, movies like Kickboxer and Bloodspot went on to gross millions of dollars worldwide. They unquestionably inspired a generation of performers and martial artists. 

Many of his friends and supporters struggled to comprehend how a skinny, frail youngster could develop into a Hollywood martial arts sensation and finally come to be known as “Muscles from Brussels.” From an early age, this Belgian superstar Jean-Claude Van Damme trained in martial arts before landing a job as a nightclub bouncer. 

Here, he received his first acting opportunity in the hitchhiking film Missing in Action, which served as his gateway to Hollywood. He immediately started signing more film contracts, but despite his fame soaring, the earlier contracts and commitments he had made to several low-budget movies slowed the rate of his rise in Hollywood. 

Many martial arts actors and aficionados have tried to emulate his signature 360-degree leaping karate kick.

Jean-Claude Van Damme
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Full Name: Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg
Stage Name: Jean-Claude Van Damme
Born: 18 October 1960 (age 62 years old)
Place of Birth: Sint-Agatha-Berchem, Belgium
Nationality: Belgian
Height: 1.77 m
Parents: Eliana Van Varenberg, Eugene Van Varenberg
Siblings: Veronique Van Varenberg
Wife • Spouse: Darcy LaPier (m. 1994-1997), Gladys Portugues (m. 1987), Cynthia Derdian (m. 1985-1986), Maria Rodriguez (m. 1980-1984)
Girlfriend • Partner: Alena Kaverina (2009-2016), Savanna Samson (1998), Kylie Minogue (1994), Luciana Gimenez
Children: Bianca Bree, Kristopher Van Varenberg, Nicholas Van Varenberg
Occupation: Actor • Filmmaker
Net Worth: $40 million

Early Life

Eugene Van Varenberg and Eliana Van Varenberg gave birth to Jean-Claude Van Damme at Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium. He has a sister named Veronique Van Varenberg.

He was an extremely scrawny kid who started doing Shotokan karate at the age of barely 11 to gain muscle. Claude Goetz took him under his wing at the Centre National De Karate

As a teenager, he also started practicing ballet and weightlifting. When he was only 15 or 16 years old, Jean-Claude Van Damme competed in karate and won the middleweight championship of the European Professional Karate Association. He also won a bodybuilding contest and was given the title of “Mr. Belgium.”


In Brussels, Jean-Claude Van Damme opened his gym and found some modeling work, but he was enamored with the prospect of becoming a movie star. During this time, he briefly served as a bouncer at a nightclub. He participated in several competitions and semi-contact fights before committing to his first full-contact professional karate career in 1977. He amassed a staggering record of 18 victories and just 1 loss between 1977 and 1982 when Sherman Bergman knocked him to the ground. 

Jean-Claude Van Damme briefly tried to break into the lucrative Hong Kong martial arts film industry before relocating to Los Angeles in 1982 to pursue his Hollywood aspirations. He and his childhood friend, who also played an extra, were cast in the movie Breakin

He played Ivan Krushensky in the 1986 movie No Retreat, No Surrender. The actor would go on to have one of his most prosperous years in 1987, which helped him break through in Hollywood. His desire to combine acting and martial arts came true when he played the role of Frank Dux in the film Bloodsport

Jean-Claude Van Damme was given a silent part as a Secret Service agent in the 1988 television drama War and Remembrance. He appeared in a supporting part in the movie Black Eagle that same year. Around this period, he signed many low-budget film contracts and appeared in the 1989 films Cyborg and Kickboxer, the latter of which was more commercially successful.

He appeared in movies between 1990 and 1993, including Death Warrant, Lionheart, Double Impact, Universal Soldier, Last Action Hero, Nowhere to Run, and Hard Target. In addition, Jean-Claude Van Damme produced Double Impact and choreographed the battle scenes in Lionheart.

He appeared in the critically acclaimed movie Timecop in 1994 as a time-traveling police officer. This movie is thought to have brought in the actor’s biggest box office total. Many of his ventures started to do poorly at the box office after the popularity of Timecop.

Jean-Claude Van Damme starred in a string of financially unsuccessful films between 1995 and 1999, including Sudden Death, The Quest, Maximum Risk, Double Team, Knock-Off, and Universal Soldier: The Return.

He took a break from acting in movies. However, he did appear in Bob Sinclair‘s Kiss My Eyes music video from 2003. He was chosen to appear as himself in a Las Vegas episode the following year. With the limited theatrical release of the successful picture JCVD, he made a comeback to mainstream cinema in 2008. 

The critics gave his performance in the movie high marks and ranked it second only to Heath Ledger‘s portrayal of The Joker in The Dark KnightJean-Claude Van Damme returned to the character of Luc Deveraux in the 2009 movie Universal Soldier: Regeneration. He made an appearance in an episode of the TV show Robot Chicken that same year. 

He provided the voice of Master Croc for the popular game in 2011.

Awards & Achievements

  • Jean-Claude Van Damme is a Shotokan Karate Black Belt.
  • In his professional Kickboxing career, he has won 18 matches; in his amateur career, he has won 44 matches overall. 
  • On October 21, 2012, he received a lifetime statue of himself in Brussels. 

Personal Life

In 1980, Jean-Claude Van Damme wed Maria Rodriguez, and four years later, they got divorced. He married Cynthia Derderian in 1985, but they later divorced. 

In 1987, Jean-Claude Van Damme wed Gladys Portugues; they divorced in 1992. He was married to American actress and model Darcy LaPier from 1994 to 1997. He remarried Gladys Potuges after his breakup with Darcy LaPier, and they are currently sharing a home.

Jean-Claude Van Damme has been married to Darcy LaPier (1994-1997), Gladys Portugues (1987), Cynthia Derdian (1985-1986) and Maria Rodriguez (1980-1984). He has dated the likes of Alena Kaverina (2009-2016), Savanna Samson (1998), Kylie Minogue (1994) and Luciana Gimenez.

His three children are Bianca Bree, Kristopher Van Varenberg, and Nicholas Van Varenberg. This well-known martial artist and Hollywood celebrity were admitted to treatment because of substance misuse.


  • The Eagle Path (2010)
  • Bloodsport (1988)
  • Een vrouw tussen hond en wolf (1979)
  • JCVD (2008)
  • Kickboxer (1989)
  • The Expendables 2 (2012)
  • Hard Target (1993)
  • Sinav (2006)
  • Universal Soldier (1992)
  • In Hell (2003)

Net Worth

The retired martial artist and actor Jean-Claude Van Damme, often known as JCVD, hails from Belgium and has a $40 million fortune.

Social Media

  • Instagram: @JVCD
  • Facebook: @JVCD
  • Twitter: @JVCD

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