Jean-Claude Van Damme grew up training in various forms of martial arts along with studying ballet. He also took part in several martial arts competitions and even remained a professional kickboxer for five years, having a record of 18 wins and one loss. After that, he decided to pursue a full-time acting career and moved to the United States in 1982 for this purpose. Following a few years struggle, Van Damme finally rose to international stardom with the success of 1988 film Bloodsport and its follow up films like Kickboxer, Death Warrant, and Universal Soldier established him as one of the leading action stars of the industry. Since then, he has remained a highly influential star of the industry and over the years has appeared in several more blockbuster movies, such as Street Fighter, Sudden Death, Timecop, Hard Target, and The Expendables 2. Unlike his professional career, the family life of Van Damme hasn’t been much successful as he has gotten married five times to four different women. He is currently married to bodybuilder Gladys Portugues whom he first remained married from 1987 to 1992 and then remarried in 1999.
Jean Claude Van Damme Personal Details:
- Complete Name: Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg
- Nicknames: Van Damme, Muscles from Brussels
- Date of Birth: October 18, 1960
- Birthplace: Sint-Agatha-Berchem, Brussels, Belgium
- Nationality: Belgian
- Occupation: Actor
- Zodiac Sign: Libra
- Eye Color: Green
- Hair Color: Light Brown
Jean Claude Van Damme Height Weight Body Measurements Facts
Jean Claude Van Damme Family Details:
- Father: Eugène Van Varenberg (Florist)
- Mother: Eliana Van Varenberg
- Siblings: Veronique Van Varenberg (Older Sister)
- Spouse Name: Gladys Portugues (m. 1999-Present, 1987-1992), Darcy LaPier (m. 1994-1997), Cynthia Derderian (m. 1985-1986), Maria Rodriguez (m. 1980-1984)
- Children Name: Bianca Bree (Daughter), Kristopher Van Varenberg and Nicholas Van Varenberg (Sons)
Jean Claude Van Damme Relationships History:
- Maria Rodriguez (1980-1984)
- Cynthia Derdian (1985-1986)
- Darcy LaPier – Actress (1992-1997)
- Alena Kaverina – Model (2009-2016)
- Gladys Portugues – Bodybuilder (1987-1992 and 1999-Present)
Jean Claude Van Damme Career Highlights:
- First Film: Monaco Forever (1984)
- First TV Show: Friends (1996)
- First Music Video: “Body Count’s in the House” by Body Count (1992)
Jean Claude Van Damme Distinctive Features:
- Belgian Accent
- Muscular Physique
- Frequently performs splits in his movies
Jean Claude Van Damme Body Measurements:
Given below is the list of complete Jean Claude Van Damme height, weight, shoe, chest, waist, biceps size, and other body measurements stats.
- Height in Feet: 5′ 9¾”
- Height in Centimeters: 177 cm
- Weight in Kilogram: 87 kg
- Weight in Pounds: 192 pounds
- Chest Size: 43 inches
- Waist Size: 34 inches
- Arms/ Biceps Size: 15 inches
- Feet/ Shoe Size: Unknown
Jean Claude Van Damme Interesting Facts:
- He is a Roman Catholic.
- While growing up, he studied classical ballet for five years.
- As a professional kickboxer, he holds the record of 18 wins and just one loss.
- He first learned to speak the English language through the cartoon, The Flinstones.
- While searching for work in Hollywood, Van Damme worked as a taxi driver, bouncer, and waiter.