Jean-Claude Van Damme

  • Birth Name: Jean-Claude Camille Van Varenberg
  • Birth Place: Brussels, Belgium
  • Profession: Actor
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  • Earned a black belt in karate at 16.
  • Studied ballet.
  • In 1976 won his first professional karate bout by knockout.
  • Toured on European kickboxing and karate circuits.
  • Moved to Hollywood at the age of 21.
  • Changed his name in 1983.
  • Earned first film credit for coordinating stunts in the 1984 release Missing in Action.
  • Earned first screenwriting credit for Lionheart in 1990.
  • Received critical acclaim for his acting in JCVD, a small indie film released in 2008.


  • Cynthia Derderian — Ex-wife
  • Kristopher Van Varenberg — Son
  • María Rodríguez — Ex-wife
  • Nicholas Van Varenberg — Son
  • Gladys Portugues — Wife (separated)
  • Bianca Bree — Daughter
  • Darcy LaPier — Ex-wife
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