Jean-Claude Van Damme Age, Net Worth, Family, Bio, Career, Height, Weight & More


Jean-Claude Van Damme Biography

Jean-Claude Van Damme – Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg is a Belgian martial artist, actor, filmmaker, and fight choreographer. Van Damme was born 18 October 1960 and reared in Brussels, Belgium, and his father signed him up for martial arts training when he was eleven years old. These classes led to his competing in a number of tournaments.

He traveled to the United States in 1982 with the intention of pursuing a career in acting. Once there, he held a variety of odd jobs and worked on a number of films until finally getting his big break in the leading role of the 1988 martial arts film Bloodsport.

Jean-Claude Van Damme Biography & Personal Details

NameJean-Claude Van Damme
Date Of Birth18 October 1960
BirthplaceSint-Agatha-Berchem, Belgium
Age 62 years old (As 2023)
Birth Sign Libra
Gender Male
SchoolShōtōkan karate school
College/UniversityNot Known
Highest QualificationNot Known
HobbiesNot Known
ReligionRoman Catholic
ProfessionMartial Artist/ Actor

Jean-Claude Van Damme Career

Van Damme started training in karate at the age of 12, when he enrolled at the Centre National de Karaté (National Center of Karate) in Belgium. He was instructed there by Claude Goetz. After four years of training, he was invited to join the Belgian Karate Team. Subsequently, he worked with Dominique Valera to hone his skills in full-contact karate and kickboxing. Van Damme is a well-known action star. According to Jean-Claude Van Damme, “it was a difficult childhood. I was not physically gifted, and I had a bit of a nerdy personality.

Van Damme started his career as a competitive karate fighter in Belgium when he was 15 years old. Between the years 1976 and 1980, Van Damme competed in tournaments and non-tournament semi-contact matches and amassed a record of 44 victories and 4 defeats overall.

On December 26, 1979, at the La Coupe Francois Persoons Karate Tournament held in Brussels, Van Damme was a member of the Belgium Karate Team, who ultimately triumphed to take home the title of European Karate Champion.

At the Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials), where Van Damme competed, he came in second place. Van Damme was victorious against 25 competitors over the course of the three-day event, but he was ultimately defeated by his partner Angelo Spataro in the finals.

In a fight that took place on the undercard of the Dan Macaruso vs. Dominique Valera combat for the Professional Karate Association Light-Heavyweight World Championship on March 8, 1980 in Brussels, Belgium, Van Damme faced off against Patrick Teugels, a former colleague of his. The match took place at the Forest National Arena.

Teugels had previously earned two decision victories over Van Damme, one of which was for the title of Belgium Lightweight Champion, before facing him in this bout. 1977 was the year that Van Damme prevailed over Teugels. Teugels was coming off of a strong performance at the World Association of Kickboxing Organizations World Championships four months previously, and some people thought he would have a better chance of winning this battle than his opponent.

Teugels was knocked out in the first round by Van Damme, according to reports and Patrick Teugels’ own interview (which included images of the incident). Teugels was unable to continue because he was kicked in the nose, which caused him to lose consciousness. Van Damme referred to this battle as his “most memorable match” in an interview that took place in 2013.

Van Damme started his career in full-contact fighting in 1977, the same year that Claude Goetz organized the very first full-contact karate event to ever take place in Belgium.

Between the years 1977 and 1982, Van Damme amassed a record of 18 wins (18 knockouts), with only one loss to his name.

In 1979, he appeared in the Belgian-French drama film Woman Between Wolf and Dog, directed by André Delvaux and starring Marie-Christine Barrault, Rutger Hauer, and others. His performance was uncredited.

Jean-Claude Van Damme Family, Relationship and Afair

Jean-Claude Van Damme was born on October 18, 1960 in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium. He is the son of Eliana and Eugène Van Varenberg, who worked respectively as an accountant and florist. His Belgian and bilingual father is from Brussels, while his Flemish (Dutch-speaking) mother is from Flanders. Van Damme was raised a Roman Catholic throughout his childhood. He has a Jewish grandmother on his father’s side.

Jean-Claude Van Damme with his Mother

Jean-Claude Van Damme with his Father

Jean-Claude Van Damme with his Sister

Despite the fact that he was still married to Gladys Portugues, Van Damme was in a relationship with model Alena Kaverina that lasted for ten years.

Jean-Claude Van Damme with his Wife

Kaverina was born in Ukraine, and Van Damme paid a support trip there during the Russian invasion of Ukraine to show his solidarity with the Ukrainian people. He has been married five times, each time to a different woman.

Family & Marital Status

Marital StatusMarried 
ParentsMother-Eliana Van Varenbergh
Father-Eugène Van Varenbergh
SiblingsBrother-Not Known
Sister-Veronique Van Varenberg
Spouse/WifeGladys Portugues

Physical Measurement

HeightIn Centimeters –177 cm
In Meters-1.77 m
In Feet and Inches –5′ 10″
Weight In Kg –82 kg
In Pounds –180 pounds
Hair ColourLight brown
Eye ColourHazel

Jean-Claude Van Damme Social Media Accounts

Instagram id jcvd7.4M followers
Facebook id Jean-Claude Van Damme34M followers
Youtube Channel Jean-Claude Van Damme – Official815K subscribers
Twitter id Jean-Claude Van Damme420.3K Followers
Linkedin id
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Jean-Claude Van Damme Net Worth:

Jean-Claude Van Damme net worth is (Approx)  $35 million dollars. And is monthly salary $416k & Yearly Salary $5.2 million.

Jean-Claude Van Damme Cars Collection:

  • Lamborghini Gallardo
  •  Ferrari California
  • Bentley Continental
  • Rolls Royce Ghost
  • Mercedes-Benz E 63 S AMG

Fanmail address:

Jean-Claude Van Damme
A.A.C. Agence Artistique
42 Avenue Montaigne
75008 Paris

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