Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg was born on 18 October 1960, in Sint-Agatha-Berchem (Brussels), Belgium, to parents Eliana and Eugène Van Varenberg, an accountant and owned a flower shop.
He started martial arts at the age of ten, enrolled by his father in a Shotokan karate school. His styles consist of kickboxing, Shotokan karate, Muay Thai, and Taekwondo. He eventually earned his black belt in karate. He started lifting weights to improve his physique, which eventually led to a Mr. Belgium bodybuilding title.
After studying martial arts intensively since he was 10, Jean-Claude Van Damme achieved national success in Belgium as a martial artist and bodybuilder, earning the "Mr. Belgium" bodybuilding title.
He emigrated to the US in 1982 to pursue a film career, and a
chieved success with Bloodsport in 1988, based on a story written by Frank Dux. He attained subsequent box office success with Timecop in 1994, which gained over $100 million worldwide and became his most financially successful film.
Why is Jean-Claude Van Damme famous?
Jean-Claude Van Damme is a Belgian martial artist and actor, best known for his martial arts action movies. His most successful include films like Bloodsport in 1988, Kickboxer in 1989, Double Impact in 1991, Universal Soldier in 1992, Hard Target in 1993, Timecop in 1994, and JCVD in 2008. Due to his physique and his Belgian background, he is called "The Muscles from Brussels".
Why do we like Jean-Claude Van Damme?
Jean-Claude Van Damme is considered a national cultural icon in his homeland Belgium, along with Audrey Hepburn. Jean-Claude Van Damme is one of the most known Belgians ever to step into the Hollywood industry. In the film JCVD in 2008, Jean-Claude Van Damme is portrayed as a national hero of Belgium.
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