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Encyclopedia > Jean Claude Van Damme
Jean-Claude Van Damme

Jean Claude Van Damme
Birth name: Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg
Date of birth: October 18, 1960
Birth location: Sint-Agatha-Berchem, Brussels, Belgium
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Other name(s): "The Muscles from Brussels"
Official site: http://www.jeanclaudevandamme.us/
Notable role(s): Kickboxer (film)

Jean-Claude Van Damme (born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg in Sint-Agatha-Berchem, in the Brussels-Capital Region, on October 18, 1960), is a Belgian martial artist and actor who is most known for his action movies. His Belgian background gave rise to the nickname "The Muscles from Brussels." Image File history File links Jean_Claude_Van_Damme. ... October 18 is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years). ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Berchem-Sainte-Agathe / Sint-Agatha-Berchem within the Brussels-Capital Region Berchem-Sainte-Agathe (French) or Sint-Agatha-Berchem (Dutch) is one of the nineteen municipalities located in the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium. ... Map showing the location of Brussels in Belgium Brussels City Hall Emblem of the Brussels-Capital Region Flag of The City of Brussels Brussels (Dutch: Brussel, pronounced ; French: Bruxelles, pronounced in Belgian French and often by non-Belgian speakers of French; German: Brüssel) is the capital of Belgium, the... Kickboxer is a 1989 martial arts movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. ... Berchem-Sainte-Agathe / Sint-Agatha-Berchem within the Brussels-Capital Region Berchem-Sainte-Agathe (French) or Sint-Agatha-Berchem (Dutch) is one of the nineteen municipalities located in the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium. ... The Brussels-Capital Region (French: R gion de Bruxelles-Capitale, Dutch: Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest, German: Region Br ssel-Hauptstadt) or Brussels Region (French: R gion Bruxelloise, Dutch: Brusselse Gewest) is one of the three regions of Belgium. ... October 18 is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years). ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... // A nickname is a short, clever, cute, derogatory, or otherwise substitute name for a person or things real name (for example, Bob, Rob, Robby, Robbie, Robi, Bobby, Rab, Bert, Bertie, Butch, Bobbers, Bobert, Beto, Bobadito, and Robban (in Sweden), are all short for Robert). ... A top-down view of skeletal muscle Muscle (from Latin musculus little mouse, referring to muscles like the biceps which pop up as though a mouse were scurrying about under the skin [1]) is contractile tissue of the body and is derived from the mesodermal layer of embryonic germ cells. ... Map showing the location of Brussels in Belgium Brussels City Hall Emblem of the Brussels-Capital Region Flag of The City of Brussels Brussels (Dutch: Brussel, pronounced ; French: Bruxelles, pronounced in Belgian French and often by non-Belgian speakers of French; German: Brüssel) is the capital of Belgium, the...

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Early life

Van Damme began martial arts at the age of 11, enrolled by his father in a shotokan karate school[1]. He eventually earned his black belt in karate (see [1]), later winning the European Professional Karate Association's middleweight championship[1] (although he has claimed that he was 'twice world champion'[2]). He also started lifting weight to improve his physique, which eventually led to a Mr. Belgium bodybuilding title [3]. At the age of 16 he took up ballet, which he was to study for five years. He says of ballet that it "is an art, but it’s also one of the most difficult sports. If you can survive a ballet workout, you can survive a workout in any other sport."[4] Shotokan (松涛館) is a school of karate, reflecting the style of master Gichin Funakoshi (1868-1957), who first brought karate from Okinawa to mainland Japan. ... This article or section needs additional references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


At the age of 18, Van Damme opened up the California Gym in Brussels, which one article claimed brought in $15,000 a month [4]. Van Damme was first seen on screen in the French made Rue Barbare, released in 1984, followed in the same year with Monaco Forever, where he was credited as ('Gay Karate Man'). 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Monaco Forever is a 1984 movie directed by William A. Levey and starring Charles Pitt as an American jewel thief in Monaco. ...


This gave Van Damme the impetus to give up his profitable fitness business in favour of acting. He left for America in the early 1980s (having first tried Hong Kong), initially sleeping in a rented car and doing odd jobs until he broke into film[4].


Acting career

Early films

He appeared as a Extra in Breakin during the breakdance scene


In 1985, he played Ivan Krushensky in No Retreat, No Surrender, which starred Kurt McKinney in the main role. This article is about the year. ... No Retreat, No Surrender (also known as Karate Tiger) is a 1985 film directed by Corey Yuen and starring Kurt Mckinney as Jason Stillwell and features Jean Claude van Damme as Ivan Krushensky. ... Kurt McKinney (born February 15, 1962 in Louisville, Kentucky) is an American actor. ...


Van Damme was scheduled to play the part of the camouflaged extraterrestrial monster in the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film Predator, but wearing the heavy alien costume in the jungle was too difficult, and Van Damme, unhappy with his role, left the production. How he left the picture is disputed: some sources say he quit,[citation needed] others say he was replaced when the character was revised.[citation needed] Van Damme claims he intentionally got fired so he could move on to other movies.[citation needed] Extraterrestrial, as an adjective, refers to something that originates, occurs, or is located outside Earth or its atmosphere. ... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (IPA: ) (born on July 30, 1947) is an Austrian American bodybuilder, actor and Republican politician, currently serving as the 38th Governor of California. ... Predator is a 1987 science fiction movie that was directed by John McTiernan and released on Friday, June 12. ... Box Log Falls, Lamington National Park, Queensland, Australia Jungle refers usually to a dense penileforest in a hot climate. ...


Van Damme's breakthrough role came in Bloodsport, a film that earned him a nomination as "Worst New Star" in the 1988 Golden Raspberry Awards. The critics were unimpressed, but Bloodsport proved to be Van Damme's stepping stone to more lucrative roles. The movie became a cult classic and is seen as one of the major contributors to the rise in popularity of Mixed Martial Arts.[citation needed] Bloodsport (1988) is martial arts film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. ... The 9th Golden Raspberry Awards were held on March 29, 1989 at the Hollywood Palace to recognise the worst the movie industry had to offer in 1988. ... Victory in MMA is often the result of a knockout or submission. ...


Van Damme became somewhat well known for his ability to do full splits while performing stunts and his better than average flexibility, even for a martial arts practicioner. Many of his movies will center scenes based on this ability.


Mainstream movies

Van Damme worked his way up to Hollywood mainstream in the 1990s, often working with acclaimed foreign directors. Notable movies include Double Impact (1991), Universal Soldier (1992), Nowhere to Run (1993), Hard Target (1993),Sudden Death (1995) and his most critically acclaimed work, Timecop (1994). Many of these roles included doppelgänger or Lazarus themes involving Van Damme's characters, an aspect unusual for the action movie genre. Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that extends from Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to south boundary east of La Brea Avenue... Double Impact is a 1991 film, directed by Sheldon Lettich and starring Jean Claude Van Damme as Alex/Chad Wagner. ... Universal Soldier (1992) DVD cover The 1992 science fiction film Universal Soldier directed by Roland Emmerich stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren as soldiers who kill each other in Vietnam but are reanimated in a secret Army project along with a large group of other previously dead soldiers. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Hard Target is a 1993 action movie starring Jean Claude van Damme, Lance Henriksen, Arnold Vosloo, Yancy Butler, and Wilford Brimley. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Sudden Death is a 1995 action movie, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Timecop (1994) is a science fiction thriller film directed by Peter Hyams (2010: The Year We Make Contact, The Relic). ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... A doppelgänger ( ) is the ghostly double of a living person. ... Resurrection of Lazarus by Juan de Flandes, around 1500. ...


Later career

By the end of the 1990s, Van Damme's high-profile career had faded but he continues to star in smaller, often direct-to-video movies. His movies have earned over $650 million worldwide, earning him a place in the action movie world along with others like Steven Seagal and Chuck Norris. This article is about general United States currency. ... This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ... Chuck Norris. ...


In 1998, Van Damme and his former bodyguard Chuck Zito were involved in a fist-fight at a New York strip-tease bar called Scores.[2][3] The event became notorious in the news and a scandal for Van Damme. A bodyguard is a person who protects someone (known as their principal) from personal assault, kidnapping, assassination, loss of confidential information, or other threats. ... Chuck Zito Chuck Zito (born Charles Zito Jr. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Big Apple Location Location in the state of New York Government Counties (Boroughs) Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,214. ... For the book or movie Striptease see Striptease (book) and Striptease (movie) A striptease is a performance, usually a dance, in which the performer gradually removes their clothing for the purposes of sexually arousing the audience, usually performed in nightclubs. ... Scores is a strip club in Manhattan, New York City, and is one of several gentlemens clubs which changed the face of adult entertainment in that city during the early 1990s and has gained wider notoriety mostly due to Howard Stern. ...


Health issues

He had troubles with cocaine during 1993, entering a month-long rehab program in 1996, but leaving it only after a week. [5] He is also reported to have experienced bipolar disorder. [5] A turning point in his health issues came in late 1997, after having signed divorce papers charging him with spousal abuse and drug addiction. This article is about the drug cocaine. ... Bipolar disorder (previously known as manic depression) is a diagnostic category describing a class of mood disorders in which the person experiences states or episodes of depression and/or mania, hypomania, and/or mixed states. ...


Bipolar disorder

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The former action hero says he had bipolar disorder, but didn't know it until he became suicidal. He was diagnosed with rapid-cycling bipolar disorder and was placed on sodium valproate, which he calls "that simple salt".

Sodium valproate (INN) or valproate sodium (USAN) is the sodium salt of valproic acid and is an anticonvulsant used in the treatment of epilepsy. ...

On-screen nudity

Van Damme has had nude appearances in many of his films, though his nudity has only been shown from the rear. He first appeared nude in Bloodsport, with numerous such appearances in his subsequent films, including a lengthy one in Universal Soldier. Nude scene is a slang term used in American popular culture to describe a scene in a mainstream (non-pornographic) film in which one or more of the actors appears nude onscreen. ...


Van Damme has expressed pride in his body and especially his posterior, often citing the appeal of his body. Van Damme is on record as saying, "If you have a decent body why not show it? I'm very proud of my butt." This was the subject of parody in the television show Friends, where Van Damme, guest-starring as himself, flirts with a main character by announcing that he can "crack a walnut with [his] butt." Friends was a long-running and widely acclaimed situation comedy about a group of six friends in New York City, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman and running from 1994 to 2004. ... Species See text The walnuts (genus Juglans) are plants in the walnut family Juglandaceae. ...


An "abstract thinker"

In the French-speaking world, Van Damme is well-known for the picturesque aphorisms that he delivers on a wide range of topics (personal well-being, ecology, etc.) in a strange mixture of French and English. It is not known what effect is stemming from his use of cocaine. [4] He is especially well-known for his use of the English word aware when speaking French. Aphorism (From the Greek αφοριζειν, to define), literally a distinction or a definition (See the Online Etymology Dictionary entry), is a term used to describe a principle expressed tersely in a few telling words or any general truth conveyed in a short and pithy sentence, in such a way that when... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...


Marriages

Van Damme has been married four times, including two marriages with his current wife, bodybuilder and fitness competitor Gladys Portugues. Gladys Portugues (born September 30, 1957 in Manhattan, New York) is an actress and former professional female bodybuilder. ...

  • Cynthia Derderian (1985 - 1985) (divorced)
  • Gladys Portugues (1986 - 1992) (divorced) 2 children
  • Darcy LaPier (3 February 1994 - November 1997) (divorced) 1 child
  • Gladys Portugues (25 June 1999 - present)

Gladys Portugues (born September 30, 1957 in Manhattan, New York) is an actress and former professional female bodybuilder. ...

Salary

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  • Legionnaire (1998) $3,000
  • Universal Soldier: The Return (1997) $6,000,000
  • Street Fighter (1994) $6,200,000
  • Sudden Death (1995) $5,000,000
  • Timecop (1994) $3,000,000
  • Hard Target (1993) $3,000,000
  • Universal Soldier (1992) $1,000,000
  • Death Warrant (1990) $70,000
  • Lionheart (1990) $70,000
  • Kickboxer (1989/I) $70,000
  • Cyborg (1989) $70,000
  • Bloodsport (1988) $70,000
  • Black Eagle (1988) $70,000
  • The Average Joe Fishing (1987) - non-profit
  • No Retreat, No Surrender (1985) - salary unknown

Filmography

Year Title Role Other notes
2007 Rush Hour 3 Bruno Cavalier
Kumite Victor Latour
Astérix aux jeux olympiques Cornerdurus
Til Death Anthony Lowe
2006 The Hard Corps Phillip Sauvage
Second in Command Sam Keenan
2004 Wake of Death Ben Archer
Narco Jean's Ghost by Lenny
2003 In Hell Kyle LeBlanc
Derailed Jacques Kristoff
2001 The Order Rudy Cafmeyer/Charles Le Vaillant
Replicant Edward "The Torch" Garrotte/Replicant
1999 Desert Heat Eddie Lomax
Universal Soldier: The Return Luc Deveraux
1998 Legionnaire Alain Lefevre
Knock Off Marcus Ray
1997 Double Team Jack Quinn
1996 Maximun Risk Alain Moreau/Mikhail Suverov
The Quest Christopher Dubois
1995 Sudden Death Darren McCord
1994 Street Fighter Colonel William F. Guile
Timecop Max Walker
1993 Hard Target Chance Boudreaux
Last Action Hero Cameo Appearance
Nowhere to Run Sam Gillen
1992 Universal Soldier Luc Deveraux/GR44
1991 Double Impact Alex Wagner/Chad Wagner
1990 Death Warrant Louis Burke
Lionheart Lyon Gaultier
1989 Kickboxer Kurt Sloane
Cyborg Gibson Rickenbacker
1988 Black Eagle Andrei
Bloodsport Frank Dux
1986 No Retreat, No Surrender Ivan Krushensky
1984 Monaco Forever Gay Karate Man

This is a list of film-related events in 2007. ... Rush Hour 3 is the third installment in the action comedy film series starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, that began with Rush Hour (1998) and continued with Rush Hour 2 (2001). ... Kumite is an action-packed story of courage, friendship, and redemption, set against the backdrop of the most brutal and elite fighting tournament in the world, The Kumite. Vic Latour (Jean-Claude Van Damme), the only westerner to ever win the Championship of the Kumite, returns to defend his title... Text under picture: After making a tour around Sofia nightclubs Hollywood fighter Jean Claude Van Damme started working. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2006. ... The Hard Corps Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Vivica A. Fox. ... The Second-in-Command (2i/c) is the deputy commander of any British Army unit, from battalion or regiment downwards. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2004. ... Wake of Death is a 2004 film, directed by Philippe Martinez and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme and Simon Yam. ... Narco is a French film about a narcoleptic who dreams about comic book superheroes. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2003. ... In Hell is a film starring Jean Claude Van Damme as Kyle, an American working in Russia who is sent to prison for murdering the man who murdered his wife. ... Derailed is a 2005 American thriller/drama film based on a James Siegel novel by the same name adapted by Stuart Beattie. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2001. ... The Order is a 2001 horror/thriller film about a religious order, written by Jean-Claude Van Damme and Les Weldon and directed by Sheldon Lettich and starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. ... Replicant is a 2001 film starring Michael Rooker and Jean-Claude Van Damme and directed by Ringo Lam. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1999. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1998. ... Knock Off is an 1998 action movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lela Rochon, and Rob Schneider. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1997. ... This article needs a complete rewrite for the reasons listed on the talk page. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1996. ... The Quest was a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie released in 1996, based on martial arts, with a storyline similar to that of Bloodsport. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1995. ... Sudden Death is a 1995 action movie, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1994. ... Street Fighter is a 1994 action movie based on the hugely popular fighting game Street Fighter II by Capcom. ... Timecop (1994) is a science fiction thriller film directed by Peter Hyams (2010: The Year We Make Contact, The Relic). ... This is a list of film-related events in 1993. ... Hard Target is a 1993 action movie starring Jean Claude van Damme, Lance Henriksen, Arnold Vosloo, Yancy Butler, and Wilford Brimley. ... Last Action Hero is a 1993 action comedy directed by John McTiernan. ... Nowhere to Run is a 1993 movie, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Rosanna Arquette, Kieran Culkin, Ted Levine and Joss Ackland. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1992. ... Universal Soldier (1992) DVD cover The 1992 science fiction film Universal Soldier directed by Roland Emmerich stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and Dolph Lundgren as soldiers who kill each other in Vietnam but are reanimated in a secret Army project along with a large group of other previously dead soldiers. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1991. ... Double Impact is a 1991 film, directed by Sheldon Lettich and starring Jean Claude Van Damme as Alex/Chad Wagner. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1990. ... Released in 1990 Louis Burke(Van Damme) is a Royal Canadian Mountie or policeman who goes into the Harrison State Prison in California undercover as a convict in order to investigate the deaths of 9 prisoners. ... Lionheart is a 1990 film starring Jean Claude Van Damme. ... // Events Actress Kim Basinger and her brother Mick purchase Braselton, Georgia for $20 million. ... Kickboxer is a 1989 martial arts movie starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. ... Cyborg was a 1989 science fiction film based in a post-apocalyptic future. ... // Events Michael Jacksons first film was Moonwalker Top grossing films Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise Who Framed Roger Rabbit, starring Bob Hoskins Coming to America, starring Eddie Murphy Big, starring Tom Hanks Twins Crocodile Dundee II Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis Cocktail, also starring Tom Cruise... Black Eagle is a 1988 martial artist movie set in the very exotic Mediterranean island location of Malta. ... Bloodsport (1988) is martial arts film starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. ... // Events April 12 - Actor Morgan Mason marries The Go-Gos Belinda Carlisle Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger marries television journalist Maria Shriver. ... No Retreat, No Surrender (also known as Karate Tiger) is a 1985 film directed by Corey Yuen and starring Kurt Mckinney as Jason Stillwell and features Jean Claude van Damme as Ivan Krushensky. ... // Events The Walt Disney Company founds Touchstone Pictures to release movies with subject matter deemed inappropriate for the Disney name. ... Monaco Forever is a 1984 movie directed by William A. Levey and starring Charles Pitt as an American jewel thief in Monaco. ...

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b Belgian Bruiser Muscles Into B-Movie Scene ', John Stanley, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 April 1989
  2. ^ ‘Van Damme speaks language of karate’, Louis B Parks, Houston Chronicle, 29 April 1988
  3. ^ ‘Playboy interview’, Lawrence Grobel, Playboy, 1 January 1995
  4. ^ a b c ‘Van Damme gets his kicks from acting now, not karate’, Jae-Ha Kim, Chicago Sun-Times, 14 April 1989
  5. ^ a b http://bipolar.about.com/cs/celebs/a/jeanclaude.htm

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