Jean-Claude Van Damme

Lowest Rated: 0% Black Water (2018)
Birthday: Oct 18, 1960
Birthplace: Sint-Agatha-Berchem, in the Brussels-Capital Region
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

CREDIT
No Score Yet We Die Young Daniel 2019
80% The Bouncer (Lukas) Lukas 2019
0% Black Water Wheeler 2018
92% Kickboxer: Retaliation Master Durand 2018
No Score Yet Kill'em All Philip 2017
42% Kickboxer: Vengeance Master Durand Executive Producer 2016
No Score Yet Jian Bing Man Actor 2015
17% Pound Of Flesh Executive Producer Deacon Lyle 2015
No Score Yet Jean Claude Van Damme's Damn Van Actor 2015
22% Welcome to the Jungle Storm 2014
79% Enemies Closer Xander 2014
No Score Yet Swelter Stillman 2014
No Score Yet Alien Uprising Actor 2013
No Score Yet U.F.O. George 2013
56% Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning Luc Deveraux $4K 2012
67% The Expendables 2 Jean Vilain $85.1M 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 $165.3M 2011
No Score Yet Universal Soldier: Regeneration Luc Deveraux 2009
No Score Yet The Eagle Path Director Screenwriter Frenchy 2009
84% JCVD (Van Dammage) Executive Producer Himself $0.4M 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 Eddie Producer 1999
8% Knock Off Marcus Ray 1998
29% Legionnaire Producer Alain Lefevre 1998
No Score Yet Bruce Lee: Path of the Dragon Actor 1998
11% Double Team Jack Quinn 1997
30% Maximum Risk Alain/Mikhail 1996
14% The Quest Screenwriter Director Chris Dubois 1996
54% Sudden Death Darren McCord 1995
No Score Yet Top Fighter Actor 1995
18% Street Fighter Col. Guile 1994
45% Timecop Walker 1994
No Score Yet Cinema of Vengeance Actor 1994
36% Last Action Hero Himself 1993
53% Hard Target Chance Boudreaux 1993
30% Nowhere to Run Sam Gillen $22.2M 1993
25% Universal Soldier Luc 1992
20% Double Impact Alex/Chad Producer Screenwriter 1991
27% Lionheart Lyon Screenwriter 1991
No Score Yet Death Warrant Louis Burke 1990
40% Kickboxer Kurt Sloane 1989
20% Masters of the Universe 2: Cyborg Gibson Rickenbacker 1989
No Score Yet Black Eagle Andrei 1988
30% Bloodsport Frank Dux 1988
No Score Yet No Retreat, No Surrender Ivan the Russian 1986

TV

CREDIT
68% Jean-Claude Van Johnson
2016-2017
Johnson/Jean-Claude Van Damme Producer
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Las Vegas
2003-2008
Himself
  • 2004

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