Jean-Claude Van Damme

Van Damme was born Jean-Claude Camille François van Varenberg in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium, to Eliana and Eugène van Varenberg, an accountant. “The Muscles from Brussels” started martial arts at the age of eleven. His father introduced him to martial arts when he saw his son was physically weak. At the age of 12, van Damme began his martial arts training at Centre National De Karate (National Center of Karate) under the guidance of Master Claude Goetz in Ixelles, Belgium. Van Damme trained for 4 years and earned a spot on the Belgium Karate Team. He won the European professional karate association's middleweight championship as a teenager, and also beat the 2nd best karate fighter in the world. His goal was to be number one but got sidetracked when he left his hometown of Brussels. In 1976 at the age of sixteen, Jean-Claude started his Martial Arts fight career. Jean-Claude retired from martial arts in 1982, following a knockout over Nedjad Gharbi in Brussels, Belgium. Jean-Claude posted a 18-1 (18 knockouts) kickboxing record, and a semi-contact record of 41-4. He came to Hong Kong at the age of 19 for the first time and felt insured to do action movies in Hong Kong. In 1981, van Damme moved to Los Angeles. He took English classes while working as carpet layer, pizza delivery man, limo driver, and thanks to Chuck Norris he got a job as a bouncer at a club. Norris gave van Damme a small role in the movie Missing in Action (1984), but it wasn't good ...

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The Expendables 2 (2012)

Action-packedIntenseFunnyViolent

Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Simon West
CAST:  Sylvester Stallone  •  Jason Statham  •  Dolph Lundgren  •  Bruce Willis

Mr. Church reunites the Expendables for what should be an easy paycheck, but when one of their men is murdered on the job, their quest for revenge puts them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Simon West
CAST:  Sylvester Stallone  •  Jason Statham  •  Dolph Lundgren  •  Bruce Willis

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

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Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five - Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. But Po’s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jennifer Yuh Nelson
CAST:  Jack Black  •  Angelina Jolie  •  Seth Rogen  •  Gary Oldman

Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five - Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. But Po’s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jennifer Yuh Nelson
CAST:  Jack Black  •  Angelina Jolie  •  Seth Rogen  •  Gary Oldman

Black Eagle (1988)

One of the US Air Force's most modern tactical aircrafts, an F-100 with a new laser guidance system, crashes into the sea near Malta - a region where the Soviet forces are highly present, too. The CIA immediately sends out their best secret agent, Ken Tani, to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eric Karson
CAST:  Sho Kosugi  •  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Doran Clark  •  Bruce French

One of the US Air Force's most modern tactical aircrafts, an F-100 with a new laser guidance system, crashes into the sea near Malta - a region where the Soviet forces are highly present, too. The CIA immediately sends out their best secret agent, Ken Tani, to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eric Karson
CAST:  Sho Kosugi  •  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Doran Clark  •  Bruce French

Bloodsport (1988)

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U.S. soldier Frank Dux has come to Hong Kong to be accepted into the Kumite, a highly secret and extremely violent martial arts competition. While trying to gain access into the underground world of clandestine fighters, he also has to avoid military officers who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Newt Arnold
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Donald Gibb  •  Ken Siu  •  Bolo Yeung Sze

U.S. soldier Frank Dux has come to Hong Kong to be accepted into the Kumite, a highly secret and extremely violent martial arts competition. While trying to gain access into the underground world of clandestine fighters, he also has to avoid military officers who ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Newt Arnold
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Donald Gibb  •  Ken Siu  •  Bolo Yeung Sze

Cyborg (1989)

A martial artist hunts a killer in a plague-infested urban dump of the future.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Albert Pyun
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Deborah Richter  •  Vincent Klyn  •  Alex Daniels

A martial artist hunts a killer in a plague-infested urban dump of the future.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Albert Pyun
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Deborah Richter  •  Vincent Klyn  •  Alex Daniels

Derailed (2002)

NATO operative Jacques Kristoff (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is summoned into action—on his birthday, no less—to track down Galina Konstantin (Laura Harring), who has stolen an extremely valuable and dangerous top-secret container from the Slovakian Government. Finding ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Misiorowski
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Tomas Arana  •  Laura Harring  •  Simona Williams

NATO operative Jacques Kristoff (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is summoned into action—on his birthday, no less—to track down Galina Konstantin (Laura Harring), who has stolen an extremely valuable and dangerous top-secret container from the Slovakian Government. Finding ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Misiorowski
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Tomas Arana  •  Laura Harring  •  Simona Williams

Double Team (1997)

He's a one-man arsenal... with enough voltage to rock the free world. They Don't Play by the Rules. You're either on their side...or in their way. America's top counter-terrorist usually works alone...this time he's got company.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tsui Hark
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Dennis Rodman  •  Mickey Rourke  •  Paul Freeman

He's a one-man arsenal... with enough voltage to rock the free world. They Don't Play by the Rules. You're either on their side...or in their way. America's top counter-terrorist usually works alone...this time he's got company.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tsui Hark
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Dennis Rodman  •  Mickey Rourke  •  Paul Freeman

In Hell (2003)

A man must survive a prison where hardened criminals battle to the death for the warden's entertainment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ringo Lam
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Marnie Alton  •  Alan Davidson  •  Lawrence Taylor

A man must survive a prison where hardened criminals battle to the death for the warden's entertainment.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ringo Lam
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Marnie Alton  •  Alan Davidson  •  Lawrence Taylor

Last Action Hero (1993)

Danny is obsessed with a fictional movie character action hero Jack Slater. When a magical ticket transports him into Jack's latest adventure, Danny finds himself in a world where movie magic and reality collide. Now it's up to Danny to save the life of his hero ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  Austin O'Brien  •  Charles Dance  •  F. Murray Abraham

Danny is obsessed with a fictional movie character action hero Jack Slater. When a magical ticket transports him into Jack's latest adventure, Danny finds himself in a world where movie magic and reality collide. Now it's up to Danny to save the life of his hero ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McTiernan
CAST:  Arnold Schwarzenegger  •  Austin O'Brien  •  Charles Dance  •  F. Murray Abraham

Lionheart (1990)

Lyon Gaultier is a deserter in the Foreign Legion arriving in the USA entirely hard up. He finds his brother between life and death and his sister-in-law without the money needed to heal her husband and to maintain her child. To earn the money needed, Gaultier ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sheldon Lettich
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Harrison Page  •  Deborah Rennard  •  Ashley Johnson

Lyon Gaultier is a deserter in the Foreign Legion arriving in the USA entirely hard up. He finds his brother between life and death and his sister-in-law without the money needed to heal her husband and to maintain her child. To earn the money needed, Gaultier ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sheldon Lettich
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Harrison Page  •  Deborah Rennard  •  Ashley Johnson

No Retreat, No Surrender (1986)

Young Jason Stillwell moves with his parents to Seattle, where local bullies harass them without mercy. Jason's father Tom does not believe in violence, so the family takes it on the chin. One day Jason enrolls in a martial arts class and quietly rises in rank to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Corey Yuen Kwei
CAST:  Kurt McKinney  •  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  J.W. Fails  •  Kathie Sileno

Young Jason Stillwell moves with his parents to Seattle, where local bullies harass them without mercy. Jason's father Tom does not believe in violence, so the family takes it on the chin. One day Jason enrolls in a martial arts class and quietly rises in rank to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Corey Yuen Kwei
CAST:  Kurt McKinney  •  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  J.W. Fails  •  Kathie Sileno

Street Fighter (1994)

Col. Guile and various other martial arts heroes fight against the tyranny of Dictator M. Bison and his cohorts.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven E. de Souza
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Raúl Juliá  •  Ming-Na Wen  •  Damian Chapa

Col. Guile and various other martial arts heroes fight against the tyranny of Dictator M. Bison and his cohorts.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steven E. de Souza
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Raúl Juliá  •  Ming-Na Wen  •  Damian Chapa

Timecop (1994)

An officer for a security agency that regulates time travel, must fend for his life against a shady politician who has a tie to his past.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Hyams
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Mia Sara  •  Ron Silver  •  Bruce McGill

An officer for a security agency that regulates time travel, must fend for his life against a shady politician who has a tie to his past.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Hyams
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Mia Sara  •  Ron Silver  •  Bruce McGill

Universal Soldier (1992)

An American soldier who had been killed during the Vietnam War is revived 25 years later by the military as a semi-android, UniSols, a high-tech soldier of the future. After the failure of the initiative to erase all the soldier's memories, he begins to experience ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roland Emmerich
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Dolph Lundgren  •  Ally Walker  •  Ed O'Ross

An American soldier who had been killed during the Vietnam War is revived 25 years later by the military as a semi-android, UniSols, a high-tech soldier of the future. After the failure of the initiative to erase all the soldier's memories, he begins to experience ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Roland Emmerich
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Dolph Lundgren  •  Ally Walker  •  Ed O'Ross

Universal Soldier: The Return (1999)

Luc Deveraux, the heroic former Universal Soldier, is about to be thrown into action once again. When Seth, the supercomputer controlled ultra-warrior, decides to take revenge and destroy its creators, only Luc can stop it. All hell breaks loose as Luc battles Seth ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mic Rodgers
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Kiana Tom  •  Bill Goldberg  •  Michael Jai White

Luc Deveraux, the heroic former Universal Soldier, is about to be thrown into action once again. When Seth, the supercomputer controlled ultra-warrior, decides to take revenge and destroy its creators, only Luc can stop it. All hell breaks loose as Luc battles Seth ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mic Rodgers
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Kiana Tom  •  Bill Goldberg  •  Michael Jai White

The Order (2001)

When Rudy, an artifacts smuggler, goes to Jerusalem to rescue his kidnapped archeologist father, he faces deportation by a scheming police chief. Now, to find his dad and recover a sacred scroll, he'll have to outwit officials and a ruthless sect. With the help of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sheldon Lettich
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Brian Thompson  •  Charlton Heston  •  Sofia Milos

When Rudy, an artifacts smuggler, goes to Jerusalem to rescue his kidnapped archeologist father, he faces deportation by a scheming police chief. Now, to find his dad and recover a sacred scroll, he'll have to outwit officials and a ruthless sect. With the help of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sheldon Lettich
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Brian Thompson  •  Charlton Heston  •  Sofia Milos

Hard Target (1993)

When a woman's father goes missing, she enlists a local to aid in her search. The pair soon discover that her father has died at the hands of a wealthy sportsman who hunts homeless men as a form of recreation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Arnold Vosloo  •  Lance Henriksen  •  Yancy Butler

When a woman's father goes missing, she enlists a local to aid in her search. The pair soon discover that her father has died at the hands of a wealthy sportsman who hunts homeless men as a form of recreation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Woo
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Arnold Vosloo  •  Lance Henriksen  •  Yancy Butler

The Quest (1996)

Ghang-gheng, the ancient winner-take-all competition in which the deadliest fighters from around the world employ the most spectacular feats of martial arts skills ever displayed in order to win the prized Golden Dragon. But fighting prowess alone will not be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Claude Van Damme
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Roger Moore  •  James Remar  •  Janet Gunn

Ghang-gheng, the ancient winner-take-all competition in which the deadliest fighters from around the world employ the most spectacular feats of martial arts skills ever displayed in order to win the prized Golden Dragon. But fighting prowess alone will not be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Claude Van Damme
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Roger Moore  •  James Remar  •  Janet Gunn

Breakin' (1984)

A struggling young dancer joins forces with two breakdancers and together they become a street sensation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Silberg
CAST:  Lucinda Dickey  •  Adolfo Quinones  •  Michael Chambers  •  Ben Lokey

A struggling young dancer joins forces with two breakdancers and together they become a street sensation.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joel Silberg
CAST:  Lucinda Dickey  •  Adolfo Quinones  •  Michael Chambers  •  Ben Lokey

Double Impact (1991)

Jean Claude Van Damme plays a dual role as Alex and Chad, twins separated at the death of their parents. Chad is raised by a family retainer in Paris, Alex becomes a petty crook in Hong Kong. Seeing a picture of Alex, Chad rejoins him and convinces him that his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sheldon Lettich
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Geoffrey Lewis  •  Alonna Shaw  •  Cory Everson

Jean Claude Van Damme plays a dual role as Alex and Chad, twins separated at the death of their parents. Chad is raised by a family retainer in Paris, Alex becomes a petty crook in Hong Kong. Seeing a picture of Alex, Chad rejoins him and convinces him that his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sheldon Lettich
CAST:  Jean-Claude Van Damme  •  Geoffrey Lewis  •  Alonna Shaw  •  Cory Everson
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