Jean Claude Van Damme
Jean Claude Van Damme
Real Name/Full Name Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Jean-Claude Van Damme
Birth Place: Sint-Agatha-Berchem, Belgium
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 18th October 1960
Age/How Old: 63 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 177 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 9″
Weight: In Kilograms – 84 Kg
In Pounds – 185 lbs
Eye Color: Green
Hair Color: Light brown
Parents Name: Father –Eugene Van Varenberg
Mother –Eliana Van Varenberg
Siblings: Veronique Van Varenberg
School: National Centre of Karate
College: N/A
Religion: Roman Catholic
Nationality: Belgium
Zodiac Sign: Libra
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Girlfriend: N\A
Wife/Spouse Name: Gladys Portugues
Kids/Children Name: Bianca Bree, Kristopher Van Varenberg, Nicholas Van Varenberg
Profession: Actor, Former martial artist
Net Worth: $50 million
Last Updated: May 2024

Jean-Claude Camille Francois Van Varenberg professionally known as Jean-Claude van Damme is a popular Belgium filmmaker, fight choreographer, filmmaker, film editor and a retired martial artist. The actor is popularly known for his Martial arts films. Also, he goes by other professional names, JCVD and The Muscles from Brussels.  He has been active in martial arts since 1976 up to 1982. Also, his active years in filming are four decades plus.

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Biography and Early Life

Jean Claude Van Damme was born on 18th October, 1960. His place of birth is Sint-Agatha-Berchem in Brussels, Belgium. He is the son of Eliana and Eugene Van Varenberg. His mother worked as an accountant while his father worked as a florist. Eugene’s origin is Brussels while Eliana is Flemish. His paternal grandmother was Jewish. He has a sister, Veronique Van Varenberg.

Jean kicked off his martial arts when he was ten years old. His father took him to a Karate School. His major martial arts styles include Kickboxing and Shotokan Karate. He earned his black karate at the age of eighteen years. Jean started weight lifting to improve his physique which later earned him the title of Mr Belgium Body Building title. He is also known to have taken ballet as an art. And he explains the art as one of the toughest. In addition to that, Jean has also taken classed in taekwondo and Muay Thai.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Jean Claude Van Damme in 2024 and what is his height and weight? Well, Jean Claude Van Damme’s age is 63 years old as of today’s date 23rd May 2024 having been born on 18 October 1960. Though, he is 5′ 9″ in feet and inches and 177 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 185 lbs in Pound and 84 kg in Kilograms.


Jean Claude Van Damme joined the National Centre of Karate at the age of twelve years old. He worked under the guidance of Claude Goetz. Jean spent the next four years training until he got a spot on the Belgium Karate Team. Later Jean Claude learned full contact Karate and kickboxing together with Dominique Valera. Also Jean is a popular filmmaker and actor who mainly specializes on action movies and films.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Jean Claude Van Damme With Wife Gladys Portugues
Jean Claude Van Damme With Wife Gladys Portugues

In the mid-1990s, developed the habit of cocaine use. He blamed this addiction to the stress from filming and constant film promotion. Van explained how strong his addiction was that he took 10 grams every day and would spend $10,000 weekly for the drugs. In 1999, the celebrity was arrested for driving under the influence of cocaine. The several attempts to rehabilitating this addiction was unsuccessful and which led him to settle for exercises to try and resolve the addiction. Jean has also publicly discussed that he has the bipolar disorder.

Van Damme has tied the knot five times. His first wife was Maria Rodriguez. The couple got married in 1980 and later ended their marriage in 1984. In 1986, he tied the knot with Cynthia Derderian but the marriage lasted for only one year.

Jean later married Gladys Portugues. The couple have two children, Bianca Brigitte and Kristopher. Kris was born in 1987 while Bianca was born in 1990. Jean later started an affair in 1992 with Darcy LaPier which led to their divorce, and he later married Darcy. This duo have a child Nicholas. In 1995, he cheated on Darcy with Kylie Minogue. Darcy was not aware of the affair until he publicly admitted it in 2012. In 1999, he remarried his third wife, Gladys.

Is Jean Claude Van Damme gay?

Van Damme is not gay. And this fact has been confirmed again and again with the multiple relationships that he has had where all his partners are female. Jean has tied the knot five times, and he is currently married to Gladys Portugues. Also, there are no speculations that he is even bisexual.

Professional career

Damme started his martial arts career at a very young age. In the early 1970s up to 1980, he took part in a variety of Karate competitions. He started his full-contact career in 1977 where the promotion was led by Claude Goetz. His first film appearance was in 1979, Woman Between Wolf and Dog. The great performance in different competitions managed to attract the attention of experts who claimed he was an upcoming Prospect.

In 1982, he with Michel Qissi, his childhood friend moved to the U.S with a dream of working as an actor. For a start off, the two worked in different jobs to support themselves. The first job was an extra in the Breakin 1984, hip hop dance film. He later became friends with Chuck Norris and started working as a bouncer in one of his clubs.

Two years later, he got his first sizeable role casting in the film, No Retreat, No Surrender. His breakout film aired in 1988, 26th February called Bloodsport. After its success, Van Damme attained multiple other big action films.


Jean Damme has been nominated for various awards in different categories. And in the nominations, he has managed to win three awards. These awards include Golden Lotus Award, Bollywood Movie Award and Golden Raspberry awards

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Jean Claude Van Damme in 2024

Jean Claude Van Damme Net Worth
Jean Claude Van Damme Net Worth

As of 2024, Jean Claude Van Damme has an estimated net worth of $50 million. He has amassed this net worth from both his martial arts career and acting career. Jean has worked in multiple projects that have helped him amassed this amount.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

  • He is excellent in karate, Muay thai, Taekwondo and Kickboxing
  • Jean retired in martial arts to pursue acting
  • He is from German
  • Damme has tied the knot five times

Jean Damme kicks off his acting career officially after moving to the U.S. Things were difficult for a start but as years pass, life became better and after working harder, more opportunities came. His story teaches us to focus on whatever we want and strive to achieve our goal regardless of the difficulties we face.


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