- NAME: Jean-Claude Van Damme
- OCCUPATION: Film Actor, Martial Arts Expert
- BIRTH DATE: October 18, 1960 (Age: 53)
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium
- AKA: Frank Cujo
- Full Name: Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg
- Nickname: "The Muscles from Brussels"
- AKA: Jean-Claude Van Damme
- ZODIAC SIGN: Libra
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Belgium-born action-film star Jean-Claude Van Damme has showcased his patented splits and acrobatic kicks in such movies as Bloodsport.
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Van Damme has been married five times and has three children. Two of them, Kris Van Varenberg and Bianca Bree, have followed in their father's footsteps as actors.
In October 2012, Van Damme was honored with the unveiling of a bronze statue in his native Brussels. The statue depicts the former martial-arts champion in a classic fighting pose, ready to launch one of his famous flying kicks.
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