Studied ballet for 5 years as a youngster, later getting into Shotokan karate, bodybuilding, and some kickboxing.
Has a son Kristopher (b. 1987) and a daughter Bianca (b. 1990) with body-builder Gladys Portugues. Has a son Nicholas (b. 10/10/1995) with Darcy LaPier, although Van Damme initially denied paternity.
JCVD was originally the guy inside the Predator suit in the first movie. After showing concerns of the safety of the suit he was replaced by 7'2 Kevin Peter Hall.
JCVD suffers from bipolar disorder.
JCVD turned down a large role in the first Expendables movie with Sylvester Stallone due do conflicting scheduling.
JCVD was the inspiration for the character Johnny Cage from Mortal Kombat. One of Johnny Cage's special moves was where he did the splits and punched his opponent in the groin, as seen when Van Damme's character, Frank Dux, punches a huge Japanese opponent in Bloodsport (1988).
At the tender age of 19, JCVD could bench press 166 kg.
JCVD adopted 'Van Damme' to his name from one of his friend's father name considering it's punchy, short and clear than his original name 'Van Varenberg'.
JCVD formerly sparred with Chuck Norris in the 80's..
JCVD has his own production company called Long Road Production.
JCVD likes classical music and his favourite composer is Beethoven.
Before seeking fame in America JCVD opened and ran a fitness center called California Fitness Center.
Jean speaks fluent Flemish, English, French, Spanish and German.
Jean studied ballet for five years.
JCVD stated he learned to speak English by watching The Flintstones.
Jean was successfully sued in 1989 for slashing a stuntman's eye during a fight scene in Cyborg.
Jean Claude decided not to make movies in America anymore, as the fight sequences are so intense he fears being sued.
Jean's trademark is his 360-degree helicopter kick.
Jean remarried Gladys Portugues in 1999.
Jean married Darcy LaPier in 1994 but they divorced in 1997. They had one child together.
Jean married Cynthia Derderian in 1985. This was a short marriage as they also divorced in 1985.
Jean first married Maria Rodriguez in 1978 they divorced in 1984.
Jean started martial arts when he was just 11 years old. He was introduced to the study of martial arts by his father. His father thought his son was physically weak so he wanted his son to start to work on his strength.
Jean's parents are Eugene and Eliana Van Varenberg.
Jean's Kickboxing record was 12-1. He maintained the 12 wins with knockouts.
Jean was involved in Karateka before he hit the big screen. He competed under the name of Jean-Claude Varenberg. Jean was a middleweight fighter and won a championship in 1980 in Europe.
Jean: Perhaps I shouldn't repeat this conversation.
Jean: I have to reinvent the brand name, because I'm a brand name. Arnold (Schwarzenegger) knew how to do that.
Jean-Claude: My last fight was more than 20 years ago. I'm not a fighter, I'm a lover. If somebody's going to speak bad about me, I will walk away. But if a guy like Steven Seagal slaps me once, I will slap him twice as hard. Life is full of violence.
Jean-Claude: I admit I do have a very nice butt. Some say my career was built on it!
Jean-Claude: I am the Fred Astaire of karate.
Jean: What really helps a guy to become an action hero today is the directing of the movie. All those fast cuts.
Jean: What is a movie star? It is an illusion. It was everything I ever wanted to be, but it became a kind of shell, non? It was what made me famous and got me women. But it wasn't real.
Jean: In an action film you act in the action. If it's a dramatic film you act in the drama.
Jean: I've got a talent to act. No matter what any newspapers say about me I'm one of the most sensitive human beings on earth.
Jean: I've become 40, my audience is partly the same age.
Jean: God gave me a great body and it's my duty to take care of my physical temple.
Jean: (When asked what he does when he isn't shooting) I don't have a lot of time, because I never stop. I need to work and I sleep three hours a night. What counts for me today are: making movies, creating and giving dreams. I love music, Brel, Aznavour,… but also drawing and painting. And I love going to the movies.
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