Jean-Claude Van Damme was born on October 18, 1960, in Berchem Sainte Agathe, Belgium. A champion martial artist and bodybuilder as a teen, he used his physical abilities to get to be the star of such American action films as Bloodsport (1988) and Double Impact (1991). Van Damme suffered private and professional issues starting in the 1990s, but has since recovered a few of his star power.
Jean-Claude Camille Franois Van Varenberg was born on October 18, 1960, in Berchem Sainte Agathe, Brussels, Belgium. A scrawny kid, he started studying Shotokan karate at age 11, and additionally eagerly took to weightlifting and ballet. As a teen, Van Damme won the middleweight tournament of the European Professional Karate Association and was named “Mr. Belgium” in a bodybuilding contest.
Jean-Claude Van Damme started a fitness center in Brussels and brought in some modeling work, however he was enthralled with all the thought to become a film star. After briefly trying to break to the booming martial arts movie industry in Hong Kong, China, he moved to La, California, in the early 1980s to pursue his Hollywood fantasies.
Initially calling himself “Frank Cujo,” Jean-Claude Van Damme received bit parts in feature films and worked as a cabdriver, server, aerobics teacher and club bouncer as he attempted to create a name for himself in Tinseltown. He was featured in the 1986 martial arts flick No Retreat, No Surrender, but his big break came after he exhibited his power to do a jump, 360-degree “chopper kick” to B list producer Menahem Golan, who cast the unknown performer in Bloodsport (1988). The low budget movie grossed a astonishing $35 million in the box office, and Van Damme followed with another successful starring part in Kickboxer the next year.
His performance drew favorable reviews and tripped something of a resurrection for the former action star, who went to reprise a recognizable part in Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2010) and express the character of Master Croc in Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011). In the year 2012, Van Damme was back in his element within the expert booty-kicking ensemble featured in Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables 2.
He was likewise identified as having bipolar disorder in this time, though his condition improved after he started taking drugs and got his private life in order.
Van Damme has been married five times and has three kids. Two of these, Kris Van Varenberg and Bianca Bree, have followed within their father’s footsteps as performers.
The statue depicts the former martial arts champ in a classic fighting pose, prepared to start among his famed flying kicks.