Jean-Claude Van Damme

Jean-Claude Van Damme Headshot

Actor • Martial Artist • Choreographer

Birth Date: October 18, 1960

Age: 62 years old

Birth Place: Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium

An action movie hero and world-renowned martial artist hailing from Belgium, Jean-Claude Van Damme burst onto the Hollywood scene with classic martial arts films "Bloodsport" (1988) and "Kickboxer" (1989). Van Damme was suddenly a star and broadened his fan base from fight film fanatics to general action film fans with critically panned, but commercially successful blockbusters like "Universal Soldier" (1992) and "Time Cop" (1994). Unlike his more popular counterparts, Van Damme projected a softer character who was not as invincible as Schwarzenegger nor as unrefined as Stallone. Van Damme's vehicles in the 1990s like "Sudden Death" (1995), "Maximum Risk" (1996) and "Double Team" (1997) were fairly formulaic, requiring him to speak little but display as much of his muscular physique as possible - all of which eventually turned the actor into a caricature of himself and demoted the actor to the straight-to-video bin. Meanwhile, Van Damme hit rock bottom in his personal life when he sought help for his cocaine addiction and was diagnosed with manic depression, which he began talking about openly in 1998. Though he was able to resurrect himself in private, Van Damme continued to struggle on the screen until he surprised everyone with a critically hailed performance as a fictional version of himself in the art house showbiz satire "JCVD" (2008). In the end, however, his appeal rarely went beyond his impressive physicality, as Van Damme continued trying to cross over to mainstream thrillers and dramas with little avail.

Credits

Sneak Peek: Minions: The Rise of Gru

Actor
TV Show
2022

Minions: The Rise of GruStream

Voice
Jean Clawed
Movie
2022
70%

Le dernier mercenaire

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Richard Brumère
Movie
2021

Haters

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Movie
2021

We Die Young

Actor
Daniel
Movie
2019

Kickboxer: Retaliation

Actor
Master Durand
Movie
2018

Black Water

Actor
Wheeler
Movie
2018

Lukas

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Lukas
Movie
2018

Kill 'Em All

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Philip
Movie
2017

Jean-Claude Van JohnsonStream

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Jean-Claude Van Johnson
TV Show
2016
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Jean-Claude Van JohnsonStream

Executive Producer
TV Show
2016
70%

Kickboxer: Vengeance

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Master Durand
Movie
2016

Kung Fu Panda 3

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Maître Croc
Movie
2016

Pound of Flesh

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Deacon
Movie
2015

Pound of Flesh

Executive Producer
Movie
2015

Jian Bing Man

Actor
Movie
2015

Swelter

Actor
Stillman
Movie
2014

The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films

Actor
Movie
2014

Enemies Closer

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Xander
Movie
2013

Welcome to the Jungle

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Storm
Movie
2013

The Expendables 2Stream

Actor
Jean Vilain
Movie
2012
67%

Dragon Eyes

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Tiano
Movie
2012

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

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Luc Devereaux
Movie
2012

6 Bullets

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Samson Gaul
Movie
2012

U.F.O.

Actor
George
Movie
2012

Jean Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors

Executive Producer
TV Show
2011

Jean Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors

Self
TV Show
2011

Kung Fu Panda 2

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Master Croc
Movie
2011

Assassination Games

Actor
Vincent Brazil
Movie
2011

ConanStream

Guest
TV Show
2010

The Eagle Path

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Frenchy
Movie
2010

The Eagle Path

Director
Movie
2010

The Eagle Path

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Movie
2010

The Eagle Path

Screenwriter
Movie
2010

Universal Soldier: Regeneration

Actor
Luc Deveraux
Movie
2009

The Shepherd: Border Patrol

Actor
Jack Robideaux
Movie
2008

JCVD

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J.C.V.D.
Movie
2008

Until Death

Actor
Anthony Stowe
Movie
2007

The Hard Corps

Actor
Philippe Sauvage
Movie
2006

Second in Command

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Cmdr. Samuel "Sam" Keenan
Movie
2006

Out There with Melissa DiMarco

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TV Show
2005

Robot ChickenStream

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TV Show
2005

Wake of Death

Actor
Ben Archer
Movie
2004

Las Vegas

Guest Star
TV Show
2003

In Hell

Actor
Kyle LeBlanc
Movie
2003

Derailed

Actor
Jacques Kristoff
Movie
2002

Replicant

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Replicant/Edward Garrotte
Movie
2001

The Order

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Rudy Cafmeyer/Charles Le Vaillant
Movie
2001

The Order

Writer
Movie
2001

Coyote Moon

Actor
Eddie Lomax
Movie
1999

Unité spéciale: le combat

Actor
Movie
1999

Universal Soldier: The Return

Actor
Luc Deveraux
Movie
1999

Universal Soldier: The Return

Producer
Movie
1999

Desert Heat

Actor
Eddie Lomax
Movie
1999

Desert Heat

Producer
Movie
1999

Knock Off

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Marcus Ray
Movie
1998

Legionnaire

Actor
Alain Lefevre
Movie
1998

Legionnaire

Producer
Movie
1998

Double Team

Actor
Jack Quinn
Movie
1997

The Quest

Actor
Christopher Dubois
Movie
1996

The Quest

Director
Movie
1996

Maximum Risk

Actor
Alain Moreau/Mikhail Suverov
Movie
1996

Sudden Death

Actor
Darren McCord
Movie
1995

FriendsStream

Guest Star
TV Show
1994
79%

Timecop

Actor
Walker
Movie
1994

Street Fighter

Actor
Colonel William F. Guile
Movie
1994

Le Flic du temps

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Movie
1994

Nowhere to Run

Actor
Sam Gillen
Movie
1993

Hard Target

Actor
Chance Boudreaux
Movie
1993

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

Guest
TV Show
1992

Universal Soldier

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Luc Deveraux / GR44
Movie
1992

The Best of the Martial Arts Films

Actor
Movie
1991

Double ImpactStream

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Alex/Chad Wagner
Movie
1991
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Double ImpactStream

Producer
Movie
1991
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Death Warrant

Actor
Louis Burke
Movie
1990

Lionheart

Actor
Léon Gaultier
Movie
1990

Lionheart

Screenwriter
Movie
1990

Cyborg

Actor
Gibson Rickenbacker
Movie
1989

Kickboxer

Actor
Kurt Sloane
Movie
1989

Bloodsport

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Frank Dux
Movie
1988

Black Eagle

Actor
Andrei
Movie
1988

No Retreat No Surrender

Actor
Ivan Kraschinsky the Russian
Movie
1986

Vaincre ou mourir

Actor
Movie
1985

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