Mostly Credited As: Jean-Claude Van Damme
Sometimes Credited As: Jean-Claude Van Varenbergh
J. Claude van Damme
Birth Name: Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg
Date Of Birth: October 18, 1960 (Age 55)
Country Of Birth: Belgium
Birth Place: Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels
Height: 5' 9" (1.75 m)
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His Belgian background gave rise to the nickname "The Muscles from Brussels."
He was originally cast as the predator in Predator 1, but he quit.
He has had troubles with cocaine and is also reported to have experienced bipolar disorder.
Jean Claude Van Damme has gained a reputation for numerous nude appearances in his films and has become a definite favourite for fans of male nudity.
He has been married five times.
He has been married five times, including two marriages with his current wife Gladys Portugues.
His films have earned over $650,000,000 planet wide.
At the age of 16, he took up ballet and studied it for 5 years so martial arts would seem easier and his technique would be more graceful.
Jean-Claude Van Damme Quotes
"Ballet 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."