Jean-Claude Van Damme Biography
Born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg, better known by his professional name as Jean-Claude Van Damme and abbreviated as JCVD, is a Belgian martial artist, actor, and director. He is best known for his martial arts action films such as Bloodsport (1988), Kickboxer (1989), Universal Soldier (1992), Hard Target (1993), Timecop (1994), Street Fighter (1994), Sudden Death (1995), JCVD (2008) and The Expendables 2 (2012).
He was born on 18 October 1960 in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium, to mother Eliana and father Eugène Van Varenberg, who worked as an accountant. He is the brother of Veronique Van Varenberg. He began martial arts at the young age of ten, enrolled by his father in a Shotokan karate school. His styles consist of Shotokan Karate and Kickboxing. He started lifting weights to improve his physique, and eventually won the Mr. Belgium bodybuilding title. Later he took up also Taekwondo, Kickboxing and Muay Thai. He joined the Centre National De Karaté (National Center of Karate) at the age of 11 and trained for four years. From 1976-1980, Van Damme compiled a record of 44 victories and 4 defeats in tournament and non-tournament semi-contact matches. From 1977 to 1982, Van Damme compiled a record of 18 victories (18 knockouts) and 1 defeat in kick boxing. He retired from competition in 1982.
Upon retirement, Jean-Claude Vann Damme moved to the United States in the hope of becoming action stars. His breakout film was Bloodsport released in the spring of 1988. His gave another successful movie Kickboxer in 1989. Double Impact featured him in the dual role of Alex and Chad Wagner. He then starred opposite Dolph Lundgren in the action film Universal Soldier. His movies Nowhere To Run and Hard Target with Timecop followed suit in 1994. However, his other movies Sudden Death (1995), The Quest (1996), Maximum Risk (1996), Double Team (1997), Knock Off (1998), and Universal Soldier: The Return (1989) were box-office flops. He reprised his role as Luc Deveraux in the 2009 film Universal Soldier: Regeneration. He had a lead role in the 2012 film The Expendables 2. He returned to the Universal Soldier series with Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning and might be seen in The Expendables 3 as well. Furthermore, he voiced Master Croc in the 2011 animated film Kung Fu Panda 2.
Talking about his personal life, he has been married five times to four different women. He married Maria Rodriguez on 25 August 1980 and separated in 1984. Then he married Cynthia Derderian on August 24, 1985, separating in 1986. His third wife, bodybuilder Gladys Portugues, married him from January 3, 1987 until 1992, when he had relationship 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 but LaPier, who was pregnant at the time with their son, did not become aware of this until Van Damme publicly admitted this in 2012. After leaving LaPier, he remarried his third wifePortugues, in 1999. They have been blessed with two children, Kristopher (born 1987) and Bianca (born 1990). He has a son Nicholas (born 1995) with Darcy LaPier. Currently he is living a happy and satisfied life and lives in Hong Kong and Knokke-Heist, Belgium.
Best known for his thrilling one and all with his 360-degree ultimate leaping and super flying karate kicks, Van Damme is not only talented, he has a dynamic personality as well. His hard work into the industry has made him famous and fortunate. The actor has a good number of followers and admirers all over the world. He keeps them updated with frequent tweets in his Twitter account. He is also a good user of his Facebook account. More information on him is available in his detailed biography in numerous websites such as the Wiki and IMDb.