Eliana and Eugene van Varenberg, who worked as accountants and florists in Brussels, brought a bilingual child into the world on October 18, 1960. Van Damme is well-known for his work in the entertainment industry.
He was reared by his father and mother, the latter of whom is of Flemish descent, when Jean-Claude Van Damme was a youngster (Dutch-speaking).
The actor, whose maternal grandmother was a devout Jew, enrolled in his father's Los Angeles Shotokan karate school at age eleven and has been training ever since.
Shotokan Karate and Kickboxing were among his specialties, and he received a black belt in karate when he was 18 years old.
He began weightlifting in the air to develop his body, and he was later named Mr Belgium Bodybuilding.
He began ballet training at the age of 16 and continued it for the next five years until he was 22. Van Damme calls ballet "an art form, yet it's one of the most difficult to perfect."
Movies like the Predators, Sudden Death, No Retreat No Surrender and Timecop can help you understand what I mean. If that's the case, you've met him before.
His three children are Portuguese-born Bianca Brigitte, British-born Kristopher, and American-born Nicholas (from LaPier)
Despite his Christian faith, Vandame was educated at a Roman Catholic school because he was nurtured in that faith.
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This is where actor Jean-Claude Van Damme, who is 60 years old, calls home.
Various images of Jean-Claude Van Damme.
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