September 28, 1966
Rome, New York, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
Van Damage began his career in adult entertainment in 1995, producing a series of videos featuring local amateur girls located in Pacific Beach, a community in San Diego, after retiring from the army. After that first year of directing and producing he was nominated by AVN in three different categories, solidifying his place in the adult industry. He retired from the adult film industry August 2008.
Then he spent 13 months beginning in 1997 as a contract director for a then newly formed company called Elegant Angel, producing fifteen movies for that company which garnered seven AVN Award nominations that year and an XRCO win. After the 1997 AVN awards (January 1998) show in Las Vegas, a mass exodus of Elegant Angel’s directors ensued after a wage and personality dispute between them and the company’s owner, Patrick Collins.
In 1998, Van spent nearly a year directing videos for Extreme Associates. For his efforts there, Van Damage received several more AVN nominations and another XRCO win for best group sex scene. Van Damage left that company after one year and a legal battle arose when he sued fellow directors for holding back revenues due to him.
During 1999, Van Damage directed only two movies for the entire year, and yet still received nine AVN, and three XRCO nominations in a market that released over 9,000 adult videos. Adam Film World Magazine's, 2000 Yearly Directory quoted: Van Damage is one of top five directors to watch for in the new millennium.
At the end of 2000, Van Damage formed the production company and website "Pagan Pictures" (www.paganpictures.com). Pagan's titles are highly praised by trade magazines, especially the initial release A Toe Story, an award winning titles, "The Good Whore" as well as the AAAA rated (AVN Media Network) "The Damage Files" (1 & 2"), (declared "classics" by AVN Magazine)
Van Damage was married to wife, Cynthia Damage, in 2008. (Porn Valley Observed, 03/21/2008) This is his first marriage. Cynthia does not perform as female talent in the adult industry, although she appears alongside her husband in a cameo appearance for the upcoming Pulpo, Inc. feature release: "Dirty Queen", as a television anchorwoman (AVN, 2/25/2008) and "Three's Company XXX" (Hustler 2009) and "One Last Ride" (Adam & Eve 2009). The couple live in the San Fernando Valley. His mother, Maria and stepfather, Ken Howell reside in San Diego.
- 1996 Adult Video Review Magazine: Best New Director of the Year.
- 1997 AVN: Best Pro-Am Video.
- 1998 AVN: Best Pro-Am Series.
- 1998 XRCO: Best Video Series.
- 1999 XRCO: Best Group Scene.
- 2000 AVN: Best Couples Scene.
- 2002 Adam Film Awards: Best Sex Scene.
- 2007 AVN Nominee "Male Performer of the Year"
- 2008 AVN Nominee "Best Supporting Actor" for a DVD release for "Black Worm" distributed by Pulpo
- "AVN Award Winners for 2000". 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-17.