Jean-Claude Van Damme
|Jean-Claude Van Damme|
Van Damme in Paris at the French premiere of The Expendables 2 in 2012
|Born||Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg
18 October 1960
Sint-Agatha-Berchem, Brussels, Belgium
|Other names||"The Muscles from Brussels"|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Style||Karate, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Taekwondo|
|Fighting out of||Brussels, Belgium|
|Rank||Shotokan2nd Dan Black Belt in|
|Years active||1976–1982 (martial arts)
|Occupation||Actor, martial artist, screenwriter, film producer, director|
|Spouse||Maria Rodriguez (m. 1980–1984)
Cynthia Derderian (m. 1985–1986)
Gladys Portugues (m. 1987–1992);
Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg (born 18 October 1960), professionally known as Jean-Claude Van Damme[a] 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).
- 1 Early life and education
- 2 Career
- 2.1 Early 1970s to early 1980s: Martial arts career and first film appearance
- 2.2 Early 1980s: Move to the U.S., early film roles, jobs and working for Chuck Norris
- 2.3 Mid to late 1980s: Early roles, Breakthrough: Bloodsport, Subsequent success: Cyborg, and Kickboxer.
- 2.4 1990s: International stardom: Death Warrant, Lionheart, Double Impact, Universal Soldier, Timecop, Street Fighter, etc.
- 2.4.1 Death Warrant
- 2.4.2 Lionheart
- 2.4.3 Double Impact
- 2.4.4 Universal Soldier
- 2.4.5 Nowhere To Run
- 2.4.6 Hard Target
- 2.4.7 Timecop
- 2.4.8 Street Fighter
- 2.4.9 Sudden Death
- 2.4.10 The Quest
- 2.4.11 Maximum Risk
- 2.4.12 Double Team
- 2.4.13 Knock Off
- 2.4.14 Legionnaire
- 2.4.15 Universal Soldier: The Return
- 2.4.16 Inferno
- 2.5 2000s: Replicant, In Hell, Until Death, JCVD, Universal Soldier: Regeneration, etc.
- 2.5.1 Replicant
- 2.5.2 The Order
- 2.5.3 Derailed
- 2.5.4 In Hell
- 2.5.5 Bob Sinclar's "Kiss My Eyes."
- 2.5.6 Wake of Death
- 2.5.7 Narco
- 2.5.8 Second in Command
- 2.5.9 The Hard Corps
- 2.5.10 The Exam
- 2.5.11 Until Death
- 2.5.12 JCVD
- 2.5.13 The Shepherd: Border Patrol
- 2.5.14 Full Love AKA Eagle Path
- 2.5.15 Universal Soldier: Regeneration
- 2.6 The 2010s
- 3 Monument
- 4 Controversies
- 5 Public image and influence
- 6 Personal life
- 7 Filmography
- 8 Awards and nominations
- 9 Semi-contact/light-contact record
- 10 Kickboxing record
- 11 Notes
- 12 Books cited
- 13 Further reading
- 14 External links
Early life and education
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). Van Damme's paternal grandmother was Jewish.
He began martial arts at the age of ten, enrolled by his father in a Shōtōkan Karate School. His styles consist of Shōtōkan 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.
Early 1970s to early 1980s: Martial arts career and first film appearance
Martial arts start
At the age of 12, Van Damme joined the Centre National De Karaté (National Center of Karate) under the guidance of Claude Goetz in Belgium. Van Damme trained for four years and he earned a spot on the Belgian Karate Team; later training in full-contact karate and kickboxing with Dominique Valera.
Semi-contact karate career
At the age of 15, Van Damme started his competitive karate career in Belgium. From 1976 to 1980, Van Damme compiled a record of 44 victories and 4 defeats in tournament and non-tournament semi-contact matches.
Van Damme placed second at the Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials). At the 3-day tournament, Van Damme defeated 25 opponents before losing in the finals to teammate Angelo Spataro.
1980 Forest National match
On 8 March 1980, in Brussels, Belgium, Van Damme competed against his former teammate Patrick Teugels at the Forest National Arena on the undercard of the Dan Macaruso-Dominique Valera Professional Karate Association Light-Heavyweight World Championship bout. Prior to this match, Teugels had defeated Van Damme twice by decision, including a match for the Belgium Lightweight Championship. Van Damme had a 1977 victory over Teugels. Teugels was coming off an impressive showing at the World Association of Kickboxing Organizations World Championships four months earlier, and was favored by some to win this match. According to reports, and Patrick Teugels' own interview (with photos), Teugels lost to Van Damme by TKO in the 1st round. Teugels was kicked in the nose and was unable to continue as a result. In a 2013 interview, Van Damme called this fight his most memorable match.
Kickboxing and full-contact karate career
Van Damme began his full-contact career in 1977, when Claude Goetz promoted the first ever full-contact karate tournament in Belgium.
First film appearance
End of martial arts career
In 1980, Van Damme caught the attention of Professional Karate Magazine publisher and editor Mike Anderson, and multiple European champion Geert Lemmens. Both men tabbed Van Damme as an upcoming prospect. Van Damme retired from competition in 1982.
Early 1980s: Move to the U.S., early film roles, jobs and working for Chuck Norris
Move to the U.S. from Belgium: first jobs
In 1982, Van Damme and childhood friend Michel Qissi moved to the United States in the hope to work as actors They did a variety of jobs to support themselves. Their first job working on a film as extras in the hip hop dance film Breakin' (1984), made by Cannon Films. They are seen dancing in the back ground at a dance demonstration.
Friendship, training, and working for Chuck Norris
Around that time he developed a friendship with action martial art movie star Chuck Norris. They started sparing together, and Van Damme started to work as a bouncer at a bar named Woody's Wharf, owned by Norris.
Mid to late 1980s: Early roles, Breakthrough: Bloodsport, Subsequent success: Cyborg, and Kickboxer.
Predator and small projects
No Retreat, No Surrender
Van Damme's first sizeable role came when he was cast as the Russian villain in Corey Yuen' martial arts movie No Retreat, No Surrender (1986), starring Kurt McKinney, and released through New World Pictures. McKinney performs as Jason Stillwell, a U.S. teenager who learns karate from the spirit of Bruce Lee. Stillwell uses these lessons to defend his martial arts dojo against Soviet martial artist played by Van Damme.
Van Damme played another Russian villain, in Black Eagle (1988), opposite Sho Kosugi.In the film, Sho Kosugi is a martial artist and special operative for the U.S. government codenamed "Black Eagle", is summoned by his superiors after an F-111 carrying an experimental black ops laser tracking device was shot down over Malta by Russian forces.
Van Damme's breakout film was Bloodsport (1988), based on the alleged true story of Frank Dux. Shot on a $1.5-million budget for Cannon. The film is about U.S. Army Captain Frank Dux (played by Van Damme), trained from his youth in the ways of ninjutsu by Senzo Tanaka, honors his mentor by taking the place of Tanaka's deceased son Shingo in the illegal martial-arts tournament Kumite in Hong Kong. It became a U.S. box-office hit in the spring of 1988. Producer Mark Di Salle said he was looking for "a new martial arts star who was a ladies' man, [but Van Damme] appeals to both men and women. He's an American hero who fights for justice the American way and kicks the stuffing out of the bad guys." This success would establish Van Damme becoming a regular action star for The Cannon Group alongside Chuck Norris, Charles Bronson, Sho Kosugi, and Michael Dudikoff.
After the success of Bloodsport, Cannon Films offered Van Damme the lead in Delta Force 2, American Ninja 3 or Cyborg, a cyperpunk martial arts movie directed by Albert Pyun. Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as Gibson Rickenbacker, a mercenary who battles a group of murderous marauder along the East coast of the United States in a post-apocalyptic future. The film was a low budget box office success and led to two sequels, neither of which Van Damme appeared in.
Cannon used Van Damme again in Kickboxer (1989), playing a man who fights to avenge his brother who has been paralyzed by a Thai kickboxing champion (Qissi). It was highly successful, returning over $50 million on a $3-million budget. Van Damme did not appear in any of the film's four sequels, though he did return as a different character in the reboot series.
1990s: International stardom: Death Warrant, Lionheart, Double Impact, Universal Soldier, Timecop, Street Fighter, etc.
Also successful was Death Warrant (1990), the first script credit for David S. Goyer. In the film, Van Damme plays a police detective going into a prison facility at California as an undercover cop in order to find out who stands behind a mysterious series of murders, and finds himself locked up with his nemesis; Christian Naylor, a psychotic serial killer who calls himself "The Sandman" whom sets out to exact revenge upon him after getting into prison.
Lionheart was directed by Sheldon Lettich who had co-written Bloodsport, and who claimed the film was "the first movie to demonstrate that Van Damme was more than just a flash-in-the-pan "Karate Guy" who would never rise above simplistic low-budget karate movies." It also featured rear nudity from Van Damme which Lettich says "became a very memorable moment for the ladies in the audience, and for the gay guys as well. Showing off his butt (clothed or unclothed) almost became a signature trademark of his after that."
Double Impact, directed by Lettich, featured Van Damme in the dual role of Alex and Chad Wagner, estranged twin brothers fighting to avenge the deaths of their parents. This film reunited him with his former Bloodsport co-star, Bolo Yeung and was very popular.
Van Damme then starred opposite Dolph Lundgren in the action film Universal Soldier, directed by Roland Emmerich for Carolco. While it grossed $36,299,898 in the U.S., it was an even bigger success overseas, making over $65 million, well over its modest $23 million budget.
Nowhere To Run
After making a cameo in Last Action Hero, Van Damme starred in Nowhere To Run (1993) alongside Rosanna Arquette, based in part on a script by Joe Eszterhas. The film was the first in a three-picture deal between Van Damme and Columbia Pictures and his fee was $3.5 million. Columbia said the film is "true to his audience and goes beyond his audience." However it was a box office disappointment.
More successful was Hard Target (1993) for Universal, the first American film from director John Woo. In the film he stars as Chance Boudreaux, an out-of-work Cajun merchant seaman who saves a young woman, named Natasha Binder (Yancy Butler), from a gang of thugs in New Orleans. Chance learns that Binder is searching for her missing father (Chuck Pfarrer), and agrees to aid Binder in her search.
Also for Universal he did Timecop (1994), playing a time-traveling cop, who tries to prevent the death of his wife. Directed by Peter Hyams, the film was a huge success, grossing over $100 million worldwide, and remains his highest-grossing film in a lead role to date.
Van Damme starred in Street Fighter (1994), written and directed by Steven E. de Souza for Universal and based on the video game. The film focuses on the efforts of Colonel Guile (Van Damme) to bring down General M. Bison played by Raul Juliá, the military dictator and drug kingpin of Shadaloo City who aspires to conquer the world with an army of genetic supersoldiers, while enlisting the aid of street fighters to infiltrate Bison's empire and help destroy it from within. It was poorly received critically. Though a commercial success, making approximately three times its production cost.
Van Damme and Hyams re-teamed for Universal' on Sudden Death (1995). Van Damme plays a French Canadian-born firefighter with the Pittsburgh Fire Bureau who suffered a personal crisis after he was unable to save a young girl from a house fire. Now removed from active duty, Darren has become demoted to being fire marshal for the Pittsburgh Civic Arena, where a gang of terrorists are holding U.S. Vice President and several other VIPs hostage in a luxury suite during a game.
Van Damme turned director for The Quest (1996), which he directed; Roger Moore co-starred. The plot, set in 1925, revolves around a martial arts tournament in the mysterious "Lost City", located deep in Tibet, with martial artists from around the world fighting to earn the winner's prize, the "Golden Dragon", a valuable statue made of solid gold.
Maximum Risk (1996) was his following film for Columbia, the first American film from Ringo Lam, and his first collaboration with Van Damme. He plays Alain Moreau a French cop in Nice. A dead body of someone that looks exactly like him, is discovered. It turns out, that it is the twin brother Alain never knew he had. Tracing his brother's steps back to New York City, Alain discovers that he was a member of the Russian Mafia, who was chased down and killed when he attempted to get out. Now Alain is mistaken for hiim, who was also mixed up in a series of affairs concerning the FBI and the Russian mafia. With his only real ally being Mikhail's fiancé Alex Bartlett (Natasha Henstridge), Alain sets out to avenge his brother's death.
Van Damme's first box office bomb since he became star was Double Team (1997), a buddy film with NBA superstar Dennis Rodman. It was Hong Kong's director Tsui Hark American debut for Columbia and his first collaboration. Van Damme plays counter-terrorist agent Jack Quinn, who is assigned to bring an elusive terrorist known as Stavros to justice. Things become personal when Stavros kidnaps Quinn's pregnant wife after his own lover and child were killed in an assassination attempt that went awry. Aiding Quinn in his rescue is his flamboyant weapons dealer Yaz (Dennis Rodman).
He and Hark reunited on Knock Off (1998), a Hong Kong-US co production which also flopped.
Van Damme tried a costume action movie, Legionnaire (1998) co-written by Lettich. He plays Alain Lefevre a French boxer in 1920s Marseille, France. Alain is forced by local crime boss Lucien Galgani to take a dive in a fight. Galgani's girlfriend is also Alain's ex-fiancée whom he left standing at the altar. The two hatch a plan to run off to America together. Hence he does not take a dive in the fight, but just as the escape plan is about to succeed, Alain's friend is killed, and Katrina is captured by Galgani's men. But Alain has shot and killed Galgani's brother. Desperately needing a new escape plan, Alain signs up for the French Foreign Legion, and is shipped to North Africa to help defend Morocco against a native Berber rebellion. Despite a $35 million budget, it was not released theatrically in the US, only overseas.
Universal Soldier: The Return
Van Damme then made his first sequel, Universal Soldier: The Return, (1999). The film takes place seven years after the events in the first film, Luc Deveraux (Jean-Claude Van Damme), now an ordinary human after having had his cybernetic implants removed, is a technical expert who is working for the US government with his partner Maggie (Kiana Tom), who has been through countless hours of combat training with him. They work to refine and perfect the UniSol program in an effort to make a new, stronger breed of soldier that is more sophisticated and intelligent to reduce the use of normal, human soldiers in the battlefield. All of the new UniSols, which are faster and stronger than the original UniSols, are connected through an artificially intelligent computer system called S.E.T.H. (Self-Evolving Thought Helix). When S.E.T.H. discovers that the Universal Soldier program is scheduled to be shut down because of budget cuts, it takes action to protect itself. Killing those who try to shut off its power, and unleashing a platoon of super soldiers, led by the musclebound Romeo (Bill Goldberg).
In Inferno (1999), Van Damme plays a veteran soldier sick of life, wandering the desert looking for a reason to die. An incident with a few thugs from the nearby town who steal Eddie's motorbike and beat him almost to death, starts in Eddie a flame for revenge.
2000s: Replicant, In Hell, Until Death, JCVD, Universal Soldier: Regeneration, etc.
In Hell is a 2003 American prison action film directed by Ringo Lam. It is the third and final collaboration between Jean-Claude Van Damme and Hong Kong film director Ringo Lam. Van Damme plays an American working overseas in Magnitogorsk, Russia. When he hears his wife being attacked over the phone, he rushes home, but is too late to save her. The man who killed his wife, buys the judge and is found not guilty for lack of evidence. Taking the law into his own hands and kills him, and for this, he is sentenced to life in prison. The general who runs the prison amuses himself by betting on organized fights between his prisoners to fill his pockets, where Van Damme is evetually forced to compete.
Bob Sinclar's "Kiss My Eyes."
In 2003, Van Damme employed his dancing training in the music video for Bob Sinclar's "Kiss My Eyes."
Wake of Death
His 2004 film was Wake of Death, Van Damme plays a gangster who decides to become legit to spend more time with his wife.
He had a cameo in the french film Narco (2005), he appears as an imagined version of himself, when one character who idolizes him as the ultimate 'Karate man', imagines a conversation where he acts as that character's conscience.
Second in Command
He followed it with Second in Command (2006) directed by Simon Fellow.
The Hard Corps
The Exam (2007), is a Turkish comedy-drama film directed by Ömer Faruk Sorak, about five Turkish high school students preparing to sit for the university entry exam, who enlist the services of a professional thief, played by Jean-Claude Van Damme, to steal the papers.
Until Death (2007), also with Fellows. Jean-Claude Van Damme plays a corrupt police detective addicted to heroin whom everybody hates at the workplace. After being shot in a gunfight he falls into a coma. Months later he recovers and decides to use his second chance at life.
Van Damme returned to the mainstream with the limited theatrical release of the 2008 film JCVD, which received positive reviews. Time Magazine named Van Damme's performance in the film the second best of the year (after Heath Ledger's The Joker in The Dark Knight), having previously stated that Van Damme "deserves not a black belt, but an Oscar." While promoting the film Van Damme indicated that he had experienced a period of homelessness "sleeping on the street and starving in L.A."
The Shepherd: Border Patrol
In The Shepherd: Border Patrol (2008), he plays a border patrol is up against a highly dangerous drug smuggling operation.
Full Love AKA Eagle Path
Van Damme directed himself in the barely released Full Love.
Universal Soldier: Regeneration
Since 2009, Van Damme has been planning to make a comeback to fight former boxing Olympic gold-medalist Somluck Kamsing. The fight was a focal point in his ITV reality show Jean Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors. The fight has been repeatedly postponed, with many critics doubting it will occur, especially due to the difficulty of booking the venue. December 2012, Van Damme was seen as part of Kam Sing's ring crew when Kam Sing fought against Jomhod Kiatadisak.
Van Damme was offered a lead role in Sylvester Stallone's 2010 film The Expendables. Stallone called Van Damme personally to offer him the role, but Van Damme turned it down. He also starred in Assassination Games (2011) and provided a voice for Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011). He starred in his own reality TV show Jean-Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors (2011).
He worked with Joe Hymans again on Dragon Eyes (2012) then appeared in commercials for Coors Light beer, showing him on a snow-covered mountain wearing a sleeveless denim jacket, and for the washing powder Dash.
On 21 October 2012, Van Damme was honored with a life-size statue of himself in his hometown of Brussels. He told reporters during the unveiling, "Belgium is paying me back something, but really it's to pay back to the dream. So when people come by here, it is not Jean-Claude Van Damme but it's a guy from the street who believed in something. I want the statue to represent that".
Van Damme returned to the Universal Soldier series with Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, which again co-stars Dolph Lundgren. He followed it with Six Bullets (2012) and U.F.O. (2012), then starred in the thriller Enemies Closer (2013), which reunited him with Timecop and Sudden Death director Peter Hyams.
Van Damme indicated that Stallone might include him in The Expendables 3, in which Van Damme would play Claude Villain, the brother to his Expendables 2 character Jean Villain. The casting of Mel Gibson as the film's villain, however, made this less than likely. Van Damme ended up not featuring in the film, but he has indicated that he would like to appear in the upcoming The Expendables 4.
He appeared in the 2013 comedy Welcome To The Jungle directed by Rob Meltzer, in a role as a workplace team building trainer opposite Adam Brody, Rob Huebel, Kristen Schaal, Megan Boone, and Dennis Haysbert.
He was in Swelter (2014) and Pound of Flesh (2015) and reprised his performance in Kung Fu Panda 3. Later films include Kickboxer: Vengeance (2016), Kill 'Em All (2017), Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018) and Black Water (2018).
In 2012, a statue of actor was unveiled in Anderlecht, Belgium. The artwork, which depicts a younger incarnation of 'the muscles from Brussels' in a fighting pose, was commissioned to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Westland Shopping complex. The unveiling took place on Boulevard Sylvain Dupuis and was attended by Van Damme, his parents, Wallonia-Brussels culture minister Fadila Laanan and nearly 2,000 fans. Van Damme said the statue "represented the dream of a Brussels kid)" and was "for all the children who want something bad", adding that "if you believe in something strongly enough, it can come true".
Lawsuit and fight record controversy
In 1997, Frank Dux, the martial artist whom Van Damme portrayed in Bloodsport, filed a lawsuit against Van Damme for $50,000 for co-writing and consultation work Dux did on the 1996 film The Quest. According to the lawsuit, Dux also accused Van Damme of lying to the public about his martial arts fight record, stating that when Dux tutored Van Damme while Van Damme was laying carpet for a living, Van Damme exhibited a lack of martial arts skills. Van Damme's lawyer, Martin Singer, responded, "There are records to document his martial arts acclaim. Why, just look at his movies; he didn't get those roles on his acting ability! He's the one who does those splits on chairs. He doesn't have a stuntman to do that."
In October 2011, Van Damme, along with other celebrities including Hilary Swank, Vanessa-Mae and Seal attracted criticism from human rights groups for attending an event in Russian federal subject Chechnya's capital Grozny on the 35th birthday of Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov on 5 October. Human rights groups, who had urged the celebrities to cancel their appearances because of abuses carried out under Kadyrov, criticised the celebrities for attending the event. Human Rights Watch released a statement which said, "Ramzan Kadyrov is linked to a litany of horrific human rights abuses. It's inappropriate for stars to get paid to party with him [...] And getting paid to be part of such a lavish show in Chechnya trivializes the suffering of countless victims of human rights abuses there."
Public image and influence
In the French-speaking world, Van Damme is well known for the picturesque aphorisms that he delivers on a wide range of topics (personal well-being, the environment, etc.) in a sort of Zen franglais.
The original video game Mortal Kombat was conceived as a fighting game based on Van Damme. Creators Ed Boon and John Tobias had originally wanted to star Van Damme himself in the game. That fell through as he had a prior deal for another game under the auspices of the Sega Genesis platform. Ed Boon and John Tobias eventually decided to create a different character for the game named Johnny Cage, who is modelled after Jean-Claude Van Damme, primarily from Van Damme's appearance and outfit in the martial arts film Bloodsport. In the German version of Donkey Kong 64 website, DK greatest hero is Jean-Claude Van Kong.
On 13 November 2013, Volvo Trucks released an advertisement on YouTube that shows Van Damme doing the splits while perched with each of his feet on the outer rearview mirrors of one semi-trailer truck and one box truck moving backwards, which Van Damme describes in the commercial as "the most epic of splits". The video quickly went viral around the web, receiving more than 11 million views in three days, 35 million in the first week.
In January 2017 Van Damme featured in an Ultra Tune television advert which was part of a controversial series of ads. Two women were confronted in a car park by a gang of youths in a threatening manner, Van Damme appears to defend them and then the mood lightens and they take pictures with the star.
By the mid-1990s, the stress of the constant filming and promotion of his films, as Van Damme explains, led him to develop a cocaine habit, on which he spent up to $10,000 a week, and consuming up to 10 grams per day by 1996. He was arrested for driving under the influence in 1999. Attempts at drug rehabilitation were unsuccessful, and he resorted to resolve his addiction via quitting cold turkey and exercise. In 1998, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In 2011, he discussed the condition on the British reality show Jean-Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors, saying, "Sometimes you're gonna like me, and sometimes you're gonna hate me. But what can I do? I'm not perfect ... I'm an extreme bipolar, and I'm taking medication for this ... When I was young, I was suffering those swing moods. In the morning, the sky was blue [when I was] going to school, and to me, the sky was black. I was so sad."
Van Damme has been married five times to four different women. He was married to his third wife, bodybuilder Gladys Portugues - with whom he has two children: Kristopher (born 1987) and Bianca (born 1990) - until 1992, when he began an affair with actress Darcy LaPier, whom he married in February 1994. That same year he had an affair with his Street Fighter co-star Kylie Minogue during filming of that movie in Thailand. LaPier, who was pregnant at the time with their son, did not become aware of this until Van Damme publicly admitted it in 2012. After leaving LaPier, Van Damme remarried bodybuilder Portugues in 1999.
|1979||Woman Between Wolf and Dog||Yes||Movie Goer/Man in Garden||Uncredited|
|1984||Monaco Forever||Yes||Gay Karate Man||Minor role|
|1984||Breakin'||Yes||Spectator in First Dance Sequence||Uncredited Extra|
|1986||No Retreat, No Surrender||Yes||Ivan Krushensky|
|1988||Bloodsport||Yes||Frank Dux||also editor (uncredited)|
|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||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|
|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
|2001||Replicant||Yes||Edward "The Torch" Garrotte/Replicant||Dual role
|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 autobiography)||Limited release
Also the executive producer
|2009||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||Rzhevsky versus 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
|2014||Welcome to the Jungle||Yes||Storm Rotchild||Limited release|
|2013||Enemies Closer||Yes||Xander||Limited release|
|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|
|2018||Black Water||Yes||Wheeler||Co-starring with Dolph Lundgren.|
|1996||Friends||Himself||"The One After the Superbowl" (Season 2, Episode 13)|
|2004||Las Vegas||Himself||"Die Fast, Die Furious" (Season 1, Episode 15)|
"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 - 2017||Jean-Claude Van Johnson||Johnson / Jean-Claude Van Damme||1 season (6 episode)|
|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|
|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|
|1995||Street Fighter: The Movie||Colonel Guile|
Awards and nominations
|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|
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|Win||44-4-0||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||Jordy Claes||Decision||1980||3||Gala International W.A.K.O.||Brussels, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Win||42-4-0||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||Andres Kovac||Decision||1980||3||W.A.K.O.||Brussels, Belgium||Semi-Contact|
|Win||40-4-0||Bekim-Moussa Muhammad||Decision||1980||3||W.A.K.O.||Brussels, Belgium||Semi-Contact|
|Win||39-4-0||Mustapha-Ahmad Benamou||Decision||1980||3||W.A.K.O.||Brussels, Belgium||Semi-Contact|
|Win||38-4-0||Reinhard Krass||Disq.||26 December 1979||2||Karate Tournament: Belgium Team vs. German Team||Woluwe, Brussels, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Win||37-4-0||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||Hans Kohler||Decision||1979||3||World-All Styles Karate Organization||Ingelmunster, Belgium||Semi-Contact|
|Loss||35-4-0||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||Matthias Evrard||Decision||1979||3||Cup of Antwerp World-All Styles Karate Organization||Antwerp, Belgium||Semi-Contact|
|Win||34-3-0||Paul Sperati||Decision||1979||3||World-All Styles Karate Organization||Opprebais, Belgium||Semi-Contact|
|Win||33-3-0||Lucus Reinfeld||Decision||1979||3||World-All Styles Karate Organization, Europe Interland Cup||Mulhouse, Belgium||Semi-Contact|
|Win||32-3-0||Robbe Bogaerts||Decision||1978||3||Hope Cup World-All Styles Karate Organization||Brussels, Belgium||Semi-Contact|
|Win||31-3-0||Leonard Baptiste||Decision||1978||3||World-All Styles Karate Organization||Izegem, Belgium||Semi-Contact|
|Win||30-3-0||Fernando Cabanela||Decision||1978||3||World-All Styles Karate Organization||Izegem, Belgium||Semi-Contact|
|Loss||29-3-0||Angelo Spataro||Decision||1978||3||Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Win||29-2-0||Gabriel Van Der Driessche||Decision||1978||3||Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Win||28-2-0||Farid Muhammad Mousseau||Decision||1978||3||Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Win||27-2-0||Jacques van Laere||Decision||1978||3||Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Win||26-2-0||Christian Hedin||Decision||1978||3||Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Win||25-2-0||Gerard Charon||Decision||1978||3||Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Win||24-2-0||David Arranz||Decision||1978||3||Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Win||23-2-0||Bernard Redden||Decision||1978||3||Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Win||22-2-0||Antoine Redi||Decision||1978||3||Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Win||21-2-0||Ben Salah Ellah||Decision||1978||3||Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Win||20-2-0||Gaston Airey||Foul||1978||1||Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Win||19-2-0||Abdembi Hassan Ali||Decision||1978||3||Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Win||18-2-0||Jonas "Marcel" Cohen||Decision||1978||3||Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Win||17-2-0||Christian Van Tieghem||Decision||1978||3||Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Win||16-2-0||Max Roelandt||Decision||1978||3||Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Win||15-2-0||Andre Verbon||Decision||1978||3||Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Win||14-2-0||Michel Juvillier||Decision||1978||3||Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Win||13-2-0||Joel Maoreau||Decision||1978||3||Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Win||12-2-0||Ronald Duivenbode||Decision||1978||3||Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)||Antwerp, Belgium||Semi-Contact|
|Loss||11-2-0||Patrick Teugels||Decision||1978||3||Belgium Lightweight Championship||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Win||11-1-0||Gris Lubbers||Decision||1976||3||European Karate Union||Ingelmunster, Belgium||Semi-Contact|
|Win||10-1-0||Andre Lemaire||Decision||1977||3||World Association of Kickboxing Organizations Open International||Izegem, Belgium||Semi-Contact|
|Win||9-1-0||Patrick Teugels||Decision||1977||3||Antwerp Open International Competition W.A.K.O.||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Win||8-1-0||Maurice Devos||Decision||1977||3||World Allstyles Kickboxing Organization||Antwerp, Belgium||Semi-Contact|
|Win||7-1-0||, Jacques Berri||Decision||1976||3||Antwerp Open WAKO||Antwerp, Belgium||Semi-Contact|
|Win||6-1-0||Johannes Binding||Decision||1976||3||Antwerp Open WAKO||Antwerp, Belgium||Semi-Contact|
|Win||5-1-0||Jean-Morin Devigne||Decision||1976||3||Antwerp Open WAKO||Antwerp, Belgium||Semi-Contact|
|Win||4-1-0||Roland Vedani||Decision||1976||3||European Karate Union||Ingelmunster, Belgium||Semi-Contact|
|Win||3-1-0||Jean-Paul Gaston||Decision||1976||3||European Karate Union||Brussels, Belgium||Semi-Contact|
|Loss||2-1-0||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||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||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)|
|Win||18-1-0||Nedjad Gharbi||KKO||1982||1||Brussels, Belgium||Kickboxing|
|Win||17-1-0||Daniel Le Jaouen||KKO||1982||1||1:05||Brussels, Belgium||Kickboxing|
|Win||16-1-0||Lenny Leikman||KKO||1982||3||1st Journée Des Arts Martiaux||Brussels, Belgium||Kickboxing|
|Win||15-1-0||Ajom Mahmud Uddin||KO||1981||1||0:19||Brussels, Belgium||Kickboxing|
|Win||14-1-0||Mustapha-Ahmad Benamou||KKO||1981||1||Brussels, Belgium||Kickboxing|
|Win||13-1-0||Henk Besselman||KO||1981||1||Brussels, Belgium||Kickboxing|
|Win||12-1-0||Michael J. Heming||KKO||1980||1||0:46||European Karate Federation Middleweight Championship||Brussels, Belgium||Kickboxing|
|Win||11-1-0||Georges Verlugels||KO||1980||2||P.K.A. Middleweight Championship||Brussels, Belgium||Kickboxing|
|Win||10-1-0||Sherman Bergman||KKO||1979 Nov 4||1||0:56||Tampa, Florida, USA||Full-Contact|
|Win||9-1-0||Rolf Risberg||KKO||1979||1||Ingelmunster, Belgium||Kickboxing|
|Win||8-1-0||Emile Leibman||KKO||1979||1||Iseghem, Belgium||Kickboxing|
|Win||7-1-0||Cyrille Nollet||KKO||1978||1||Iseghem, Belgium||Kickboxing|
|Win||6-1-0||Orlando Lang||KO||1978||1||0:26||Antwerp, Belgium||Kickboxing|
|Win||5-1-0||Jacques Piniarski||KKO||1978||1||Belgium||Kickboxing|
|Win||4-1-0||Eric "Basel" Strauss||KKO||1978||1||0:18||Antwerp, Belgium||Kickboxing|
|Win||3-1-0||Andre "Robar" Robaeys||KKO||1978||1||Mulhouse, Belgium||Kickboxing|
|Win||2-1-0||Michel Juvillier||KO||1978||1||0:39||Antwerp, Belgium||Full-Contact|
|Loss||1-1-0||Etienne "Tuf" Aubry||Disq||7 March 1977||1||1:02||Marseilles, France||Full-Contact (Magazine "boxe francise" (Karate))|
|Win||1-0-0||Toon Van Oostrum||KKO||1977||1||0:46||Brussels, Belgium||Full-Contact|
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