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Jean-Claude Van Damme ACTOR

Jean-Claude Van Damme was born on October 18th, 1960 in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe in Belgium with the birth name Jean-Claude Camille Fran├žois Van Varenberg.  His parents were Eugene Van Varenberg and Eliana Van Varenberg.  At the age of twelve he began martial arts training earning a spot on the Belgium Karate team.
He first became a semi-contact and full-contact fighter who competed in Europe as well as the United States.  His career in fighting continued through the 80's and then retired from fighting to pursue a career in acting.
In 1981 he moved to Los Angeles, California and studied English while working odd jobs to support himself such as a carpet layer, pizza delivery boy, limo driver and working as a bouncer at a night club.
Soon, with the help of Chuck Norris, he was given his first small role in the film, "Missing in Action" (1984) followed by another small role in, "No Retreat, No Surrender" (1986).  As his career in the industry progressed, his martial arts training began to play an important role in him receiving offers for more substantial film roles such as, "Bloodsport" (1988), "Cyborg" (1989), "Lionheart" (1990), "Double Impact" (1991), "Universal Soldier" (1992) and "Timecop" (1994).
As he continued to take on more roles, his personal life was taking a toll on his career.  He was being cast in more films, but none were at the level of success he had become accustomed to.  He was cast in, "The Quest" (1996), "Maximum Risk" (1996) and "Double Team" (1997), all three films made less then $50 million combined.
With his career heading downwards, he did not give up and made a comeback with roles in such films as, "Replicant" (2001), "Derailed" (2002), "In Hell" (2003) and a more well known role in, "JVCD" (2008). 
He has been able to regain his level of popularity taking on more film roles such as, "Universal Soldier: Regeneration" (2009), "Kung Fu Panda 2" (2011) and has also been seen in commercials for Coors Light Beer and the washing soap "Dash".
Jean-Claude has married a total of five times throughout his lifetime.  First to Maria Rodriguez in 1980 but this marriage ended in 1984.  He then married Cynthia Derderian in 1985 but by 1985 another marriage came to an end.  He wed again in 1987 to Gladys Portugues and together they had two children before this marriage also ended in divorce in 1992.  His fourth time to marry was to Darcy LaPier in 1994 and after one child another unsuccessful marriage came to an end in 1997.  He is currently re-married to his third wife, Gladys Portugues whom he reunited with in 1999.
He has battled cocaine addiction throughout his lifetime.  He has also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In 2009 it was announced that he would return to the ring to fight Thailand's Somarak Khamsing which is scheduled for 2012.  
Van Damme currently resides in Hong Kong and Belgium.  Soon to release in 2013 are his next film roles, "U.F.O" and "Welcome to the Jungle".


2013   Welcome to the Jungle

2013   U.F.O. 

2012   The Expendables 2

2012   Six Bullets

2012   Universal Soldier: A New Dimension

2012   Dragon Eyes

2012   Corporal vs. Napoleon 

2011   Beur sur la ville

2011   Assassination Games 

2011   Kung Fu Panda 2 

2010   The Eagle Path

2009   Universal Soldier: Regeneration 

2008   JCVD 

2008   The Shepherd: Border Patrol

2007   Until Death 

2006   Sinav 

2006   The Hard Corps

2006   Second in Command

2004   Wake of Death 

2004   The Secret Adventures of Gustave Klopp

2003   In Hell

2002   Derailed 

2001   The Order 

2001   Replicant 

1999   Inferno 

1999   Universal Soldier: The Return

1998   Legionnaire

1998   Knock Off

1997   Double Team

1996   Maximum Risk

1996   The Quest

1995   Sudden Death 

1995   Street Fighter: The Movie 

1994   Street Fighter

1994   Timecop

1993   Hard Target

1993   Nowhere to Run 

1992   Universal Soldier 

1991   Double Impact 

1990   Death Warrant 

1990   Lionheart 

1989   Kickboxer 

1989   Cyborg 

1988   Black Eagle 

1988   Bloodsport

1986   No Retreat, No Surrender 

1984   Missing in Action

1984   Breakin'

1984   Barbarous Street

1984   Monaco Forever

Matinee Classics - No Retreat, No Surrender starring Kurt McKinney, Jean-Claude Van Damme, J.W. Fails, Kathie Sileno, Tai Chung Kim, Kent Lipham, Ron Pohnel, Dale Jacoby, Peter 'Sugarfoot' Cunningham, Timothy D. Baker and Gloria Marziano

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