Jean-Claude Van Damme

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Jean-Claude Van Damme in April 2010

Jean-Claude Van Damme (Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg, born 18 October 1960) is an Belgian martial artist, actor, and director. Nicknamed "The Muscles from Brussels", he is very well known for his action films.

He is known for his roles in The Expendables 2, JCVD, Bloodsport, Kickboxer, Hard Target, Timecop, Sudden Death, Universal Soldier, Cyborg and in Universal Soldier Day of Reckoning.

Van Damme was born on October 18, 1960 in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium.[1][2] He was married to Maria Rodriguez from 1980 until they divorced in 1984. Then he was married to Cynthia Derderian from 1985 until they divorced in 1986. Then he was married to Darcy LaPier from 1994 until they divorced in 1997. Then he was married to Gladys Portugues from 1987 until they divorced in 1992 then remarried in 1999. He has three children. He lives in Los Angeles, California. Van Damme has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.[3]

Film[change | change source]

Year Title Role Notes
1979 Woman Between Wolf and Dog Movie goer / Man in garden Uncredited extra[4]
1984 Monaco Forever Gay karate man
Breakin' Spectator in first dance scene Uncredited extra
1986 No Retreat, No Surrender Ivan Kraschinsky
1988 Bloodsport Frank Dux Also uncredited editor
Black Eagle Andrei
1989 Cyborg Gibson Rickenbacker Also uncredited editor
Kickboxer Kurt Sloane Also writer, fight director and choreographer
1990 Lionheart Léon Gaultier Also writer and fight choreographer
Death Warrant Louis Burke
1991 Double Impact Alex Wagner / Chad Wagner Dual role; also writer, producer and fight choreographer
1992 Universal Soldier Luc Deveraux
1993 Nowhere to Run Sam Gillen
Last Action Hero Himself Cameo
Hard Target Chance Boudreaux
1994 Timecop Max Walker
Street Fighter Colonel William F. Guile
1995 Sudden Death Darren McCord
The Quest Christopher Dubois Also director and writer
1996 Maximum Risk Alain Moreau / Mikhail Suverov Dual role
1997 Double Team Jack Quinn
1998 Knock Off Marcus Ray
Legionnaire Alain Lefèvre Direct-to-video; also writer and producer
1999 Universal Soldier: The Return Luc Deveraux Also producer
Inferno Eddie Lomax Limited release; also producer
2001 Replicant Edward "The Torch" Garrotte (Luc Savard) / The Replicant Dual role; direct-to-video
The Order Rudy Cafmeyer / Charles Le Vaillant Direct-to-video; also writer
2002 Derailed Jacques Kristoff Direct-to-video
2003 In Hell Kyle LeBlanc Direct-to-video
2004 Narco Jean's ghost by Lenny
Wake of Death Ben Archer Direct-to-video
2005 Second in Command Commander Samuel Keenan Direct-to-video
2006 The Hard Corps Philippe Sauvage Direct-to-video
Sinav Charles
Until Death Anthony Stowe Direct-to-video
2007 The Shepherd: Border Patrol Jack Robideaux Direct-to-video
2008 JCVD Himself (fictionalized autobiography) Limited release; also executive producer
2009 Universal Soldier: Regeneration Luc Deveraux Direct-to-video
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 Master Croc Voice role
Assassination Games Vincent Brazil Limited release; also executive producer
Beur sur la ville Colonel Merot Cameo
Rzhevsky versus Napoleon Himself Cameo
Dragon Eyes Jean-Louis Tiano Limited release
2012 The Expendables 2 Jean Vilain
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning Luc Deveraux Limited release
Six Bullets Samson Gaul Direct-to-video; also executive producer
U.F.O. George Limited release
2013 Welcome to the Jungle Storm Rothschild Limited release
Enemies Closer Xander Limited release
Swelter Stillman Direct-to-video
2015 Pound of Flesh Deacon Lyle Limited release; also executive producer
Jian Bing Man Himself Cameo
2016 Kung Fu Panda 3 Master Croc Voice role
Kickboxer: Vengeance Master Durand Limited release
2017 Kill 'Em All Philip Direct-to-video
2018 Kickboxer: Retaliation Master Durand Limited release
Black Water Wheeler Limited release; also executive producer
The Bouncer Lukas Limited release
2019 We Die Young Daniel Limited release
2021 The Last Mercenary Richard Brumère / The Mist
2022 Minions: The Rise of Gru Jean Clawed Voice role
TBA Frenchy Frenchy Also writer, director, producer and editor; post-production

References[change | change source]

  1. "Jean-Claude Van Damme Biography (1960–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 20 February 2010.
  2. "Jean-Claude van Damme- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved 3 April 2012.
  3. 'I tried to play the system'
  4. Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: Jean-Claude van Damme's library (19 November 2015). "Van Damme (JCVD) - First ever screen appearance in 1979" – via YouTube.

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