Jean Claude Van Damme is a well-known Belgian actor who is also a film director, producer, screenwriter, and martial artist. He is best known for appearing in martial arts related action films. Van Damme has successfully appeared in many films like ‘Kickboxer,’ ‘Double Impact,’ and ‘Universal Soldier.’ Now let’s have a close look on Jean Claude Van Damme’s net worth in 2018.
Jean Claude Van Damme Early Life
Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg was born in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium, on 18 October 1960, to his parents Eugène Van Varenberg and Eliana Van Vanberg.
He started practicing martial arts when he was ten years old and attended the Shotokan Karate School. He also studied ballet when he was 16. At the age of 18, he received his black belt in karate. He also took up Muay Thai and Taekwondo.
Jean Claude Van Damme has been married five times with four women. From 1980 to 1984, he was married to Maria Rodriguez. He was married to Cynthia Derderian from 1985 to 1986. In 1994, he got married to Darcy LaPier. They separated in 1992. From 1987 to 1992, he was married to Gladys Portugues. They again remarried in 1999.
He has three children named Bianca Bree, Nicholas Van Varenberg, and Kristopher Van Varenberg.
Jean Claude Van Damme Career
Van Damme started his career as a martial artist. From 1976 to 1980, he had a record of 44 wins and 4 losses. He was the European Karate Champion in 1979.
He had a minor role in the 1984 film ‘Monaco Forever.’ In 1989, he became the writer and actor of the film ‘Kickboxer.’ He has then successfully appeared in many films like ‘Bloodsport,’ ‘Lionheart,’ ‘Double Impact,’ ‘Universal Soldier,’ ‘Hard Target,’ ‘Street Fighter,’ ‘Timecop,’ ‘Sudden Death,’ ‘The Expendables 2’, and ‘JCVD.’
He was also the director of the films ‘The Quest’ and ‘Full Love.’ He has produced the films ‘JCVD’, ‘’Inferno,’ ‘Double Impact,’ and ‘Universal Soldier: The Return.’ He has written many films. He has lent his voice in many films including the ‘Kung Fu Panda’ film series.
His television roles include ‘Jean Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors’ and ‘Les Anges Gardiens.’ He has also appeared in a video game in 1995 called ‘Street Fighter: The Movie.’
Jean Claude Van Damme has also appeared in many music videos including Megadeth’s “Crush ‘Em,” MC Hammer’s “Straight to My Feet,” and Bob Sinclar’s “Kiss My Eyes.”
Awards & Achievements
Jean Claude Van Damme has been nominated three times for the MTV Movie Awards. In 2001, he was nominated for the Video Premiere Award. He has also been nominated for the 2008 Silver Leopard Award and in the 2009 TFCA Award. In 2004, he won the Bollywood Movie Award for ‘International Action Super Star.’ He is also the winner of the Golden Lotus Award at the 2014 Macau International Film Festival.
Net Worth of Jean Claude Van Damme
Jean Claude Van Damme has an estimated net worth of more than $35 million. He made this fortune by appearing in many films. He has also written, directed, and produced films. He had a successful career as a martial artist and had won many matches and championships in his career.
Jean Claude Van Damme is considered one of the most popular actors in the world. He has successfully appeared in many films. Van Damme has many fans in the world and is seen as a global action icon. He found considerable success both in martial arts and in the entertainment industry. However, he also has been involved in controversy and lawsuit. He has also released many straight to DVD films.