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Jean-Claude Van Damme is best known for his numerous martial arts action movies. His most successful films include "Bloodsport," "Kickboxer," "Double Impact," "Universal Soldier," "Hard Target," "Timecop," and "JCVD." Due to his impressive physique and his rich Belgian background, he is commonly referred to as "The Muscles from Brussels."

Van Damme began studying martial arts at the age of ten, eventually achieving national success in Belgium as a martial artist and body builder, even earning the "Mr. Belgium" bodybuilding title. He emigrated to the United States in 1982 to pursue a career as an actor. His breakout film was "Bloodsport," based on the alleged true story of Frank Dux. The action film was shot on a 1.5 million dollar budget, and became a huge box office hit in the spring of 1988. He then starred in "Cyborg" and "Kickboxer," before rising to even greater heights in the 1990s.

He next starred opposite Dolph Lundgren in the action film "Universal Soldiers." While the film was a hit in the United States, it was an even bigger success overseas, making over $65 million dollars. It was Van Damme's highest-grossing film at the time, and proved that he had worldwide appeal as an action star. Some of his other big hits were "Nowhere to Run," "Hard Target," and "Timecop," which remains his highest-grossing film.

In 2008 he starred in the critically acclaimed film "JCVD," playing a version of himself. The film received a limited release but was hugely acclaimed, and Time Magazine named his performance in the film the second best of the year (after Heath Ledger in "The Dark Knight"). The film brought Van Damme back into the limelight, and has helped to re-ignite his career.

Van Damme has numerous film projects in the works, including another "Universal Soldier" movie, as well as a rumored role in the sequel to "The Expendables."

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How tall is he? How old is he? Find out here.

Age: 56 years old
Birthday: October 18, 1960
Height: 5' 9"
Nickname: Muscles from Brussels
Full Name / Real Name: Jean-Claude Camille Fran├žois Van Varenberg
Birthplace: Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium
Wife: Gladys Portugues (6/25/1999)
Darcy LaPier (2/3/1994 - November 1997, divorced, 1 child)
Gladys Portugues (1/3/1987 - 1992, divorced, 2 children)
Cynthia Derderian (8/24/1985 - 1986, divorced)
Maria Rodriguez (8/25/1980 - 1984, divorced)

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