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Jean-Claude Van Damme



Belgian-born film star Jean-Claude Van Damme can be called an actor, although it would be more accurate to describe him as a bodybuilder and kickboxer. It evidently wasn't in the genes; Van Damme's father was an accountant and flower salesman. Taking up the study of Shotokan karate at the age of ten, Van Damme went on to win the middleweight championship of the European Professional Karate Association, where he thrilled one and all with his 360-degree leap-kick. Cashing in on his fame, the 18-year-old Van Damme launched the California Gym in Brussels. When he moved to L.A., he had 7,000 dollars to his name and spoke only French and Flemish. At first, he took many odd jobs, the least prepossessing of which was as a carpet layer. Van Damme's first film was a bit part in Chuck Norris' Missing in Action (1984). Groomed for stardom by Cannon Films' Menahem Golan, Van Damme became a big box-office commodity via such epics as No Retreat, No Surrender (1986); Bloodsport (1988); Cyborg (1989); Kickboxer (1989), which he co-wrote; Lionheart (1990); and Universal Soldier (1992). Fully cognizant of his own histrionic limitations, Van Damme didn't branch out into comedy or "sensitive" roles as has Arnold Schwarzenegger; when starring in the popular futuristic-action film Timecop (1994), Van Damme wisely left the acting to villain Ron Silver. He made his directorial debut with The Quest in 1996, and was so popular he made a cameo appearance in an episode of Friends that aired after the Super Bowl. He paired up with Dennis Rodman for 1997's Double Team and closed out the decade with Universal Soldier: The Return. Like many of his action star contemporaries, he lost some of his luster going into the 21st century appearing in a string of titles such as Replicant, In Hell, and The Hard Corps. However, in 2008 he earned some of the best reviews of his career with the meta action film JCVD. He followed up that success with Universal Soldier: Regeneration, Assassination Games, and joining up with other familiar faces for The Expendables 2.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
43% Kickboxer: Vengeance
  • Master Durand
2016
No Score Yet Jian Bing Man
  • Actor
2015
18% Pound Of Flesh
  • Deacon Lyle
  • Executive Producer
2015
No Score Yet Jean Claude Van Damme's Damn Van
  • Actor
2015
22% Welcome to the Jungle
  • Storm
2014
77% Enemies Closer
  • Xander
2014
No Score Yet Swelter
  • Stillman
2014
No Score Yet Alien Uprising
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet U.F.O.
  • Actor
2013
53% Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning
  • Luc Deveraux
2012
66% The Expendables 2
  • Jean Vilain
2012
No Score Yet Dragon Eyes
  • Tiano
2012
No Score Yet 6 Bullets
  • Samson Gaul
2012
No Score Yet Assassination Games
  • Executive Producer
  • Vincent Brazil
2011
81% Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Master Croc
2011
No Score Yet Universal Soldier: Regeneration
  • Luc Deveraux
2009
No Score Yet The Eagle Path
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Frenchy
2009
83% JCVD (Van Dammage)
  • Executive Producer
  • Himself
2008
No Score Yet The Shepherd: Border Patrol
  • Jack Robideaux
2008
No Score Yet Until Death
  • Anthony Stowe
2007
No Score Yet Sinav
  • Ingiliz Charles
2006
No Score Yet Second in Command
  • Sam Keenan
2006
No Score Yet The Hard Corps
  • Phillip Sauvage
2006
No Score Yet Wake of Death
  • Ben Archer
2004
No Score Yet Dans la peau de Jean-Claude Van Damme
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet In Hell
  • Kyle LaBlanc
2003
0% The Order
  • Screenwriter
  • Rudy
2002
0% Derailed
  • Jacques Kristoff
2002
No Score Yet Ultimate Fights
  • Actor
2002
27% Replicant
  • The Torch/Replicant
2001
5% Universal Soldier: The Return
  • Producer
  • Luc Deveraux
1999
0% Desert Heat
  • Producer
  • Eddie
1999
8% Knock Off
  • Marcus Ray
1998
29% Legionnaire
  • Alain Lefevre
  • Producer
1998
No Score Yet Bruce Lee: Path of the Dragon
  • Actor
1998
11% Double Team
  • Jack Quinn
1997
28% Maximum Risk
  • Alain/Mikhail
1996
14% The Quest
  • Director
1996
53% Sudden Death
  • Darren McCord
1995
No Score Yet Top Fighter
  • Actor
1995
15% Street Fighter
  • Col. Guile
1994
43% Timecop
  • Walker
1994
No Score Yet Cinema of Vengeance
  • Actor
1994
37% Last Action Hero
  • Himself
1993
50% Hard Target
  • Chance Boudreaux
1993
25% Nowhere to Run
  • Sam Gillen
1993
19% Universal Soldier
  • Luc
1992
14% Double Impact
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Alex/Chad
1991
33% Lionheart
  • Lyon
  • Screenwriter
1991
No Score Yet Death Warrant
  • Louis Burke
1990
60% Kickboxer
  • Kurt Sloane
1989
14% Masters of the Universe 2: Cyborg
  • Gibson Rickenbacker
1989
No Score Yet Black Eagle
  • Andrei
1988
33% Bloodsport
  • Frank Dux
1988
No Score Yet No Retreat, No Surrender
  • Ivan the Russian
1986
No Score Yet Kings Of Kung Fu
  • Actor
1984

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
57% Jean-Claude Van Johnson
2016
  • Producer
  • Johnson/Jean-Claude Van Damme
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest

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