Top 10 Facts - Jean-Claude Van Damme
Fact #1

Jean-Claude Camille Francois Van Varenberg (born 18 October 1960), professionally known as Jean-Claude Van Damme and abbreviated as JCVD, is a Belgian martial artist, actor, and director best known for his martial arts action films.

Fact #2

At the age of 12, Van Damme joined the Centre National De Karate (National Center of Karate) under the guidance of Claude Goetz in Belgium. Van Damme trained for four years and he earned a spot on the Belgian Karate Team; later training in full-contact karate and kickboxing with Dominique Valera.

Fact #3

Van Damme placed second at the Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials). At the 3-day tournament, Van Damme defeated 25 opponents before losing in the ?nals to fellow team-mate Angelo Spataro.

Fact #4

Van Damme worked for director John McTiernan for the 1987 ?lm Predator as an early (eventually abandoned) version of the titular alien, before being removed and replaced by Kevin Peter Hall. His breakout film was Bloodsport, based on the alleged true story of Frank Dux.

Fact #5

He voiced Master Croc in the 2011 animated film Kung Fu Panda 2. That same year Van Damme appeared in commercials for Coors Light beer, showing him on a snow-covered mountain wearing a sleeveless denim iacket, and for the washing powder Dash.

Fact #6

In 2015 he features in a new situation comedy television series JC 1er which is set to broadcast on French television channel Canal+

Fact #7

In October 2011, Van Damme, along with other celebrities including Hilary Swank, Vanessa-Mae and Seal attracted criticism from human rights groups for attending an event in Russian federal subiect Chechnya's capital Grozny on the 35th birthday of Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov on 5 October.

Fact #8

On 13 November 2013, Volvo Trucks released an advertisement on YouTube that shows Van Damme doing the splits while perched with each of his feet on the outer rearview mirrors of one semi-trailer truck and one box truck moving backwards, which Van Damme describes in the commercial as "the most epic of splits".

Fact #9

Van Damme has been married five times to four different women. He was married to his third wife, bodybuilder Gladys Portugues - with whom he has two children: Kristopher (born 1987) and Bianca (born 1990).

Fact #10

On 21 October 2012, Van Damme was honored with a life-size statue of himself in his hometown of Brussels.

Fact #11
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