Jean-Claude Van Damme Net Worth

Jean-Claude Van Damme

Net Worth: $40 Million
Real (full) name: Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg
Born: October 18, 1960
Country of Origin: Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium
Source of Wealth: Martial Artist, Actor, Screenwriter, Film Producer, Film director, Film Editor
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How Rich is Jean-Claude Van Damme Now?

A famous actor and martial arts guru, Jean-Claude Van Damme (JCVD) boasts a net worth of about $40 million. He became famous as he starred in numerous action movies in the 1980s and 1990s.

Biography

The actor was born on October 18, 1960, in Brussels, Belgium. At age ten he began to demonstrate interest in martial arts. His father took him to a Shotokan Karate school, which laid a foundation for his style. Years spent at the school laid a foundation for his life-long style. At age eighteen he got the black belt and went in for Muay Thai and Taekwondo. By the time, he had spent about two years practicing ballet and continued to do so for another three years.

Fighting Career

After four years of training at the Shokotan Karate school, JCVD went to a major karate center. Two years later, h was accepted to the Belgian Karate Team and started competing at age fifteen. Over the period from 1976 to 1980, he won a professional middleweight competition, beat the world’s second best fighter, fought in numerous semi-contact competitions, recording 44 victories and four defeats. In 1977 switched to full contact and triumphed in the European Karate Championship in 1979. JCVD abandoned the fighting career in 1982, compiling 18 victories and only one defeat. Given the experience in various martial arts, JCVD finished as a fully-fledged kickboxer.

Acting Career

His move to the United States in 1982 was a huge turning point. By the time, he had built a gym business in Belgium and had made a good net worth. In 1984, he got an invitation to star in “Breakin” and continued to play secondary roles for the next couple of years. In was in 1986 that he got his first major role in “No Retreat, No Surrender.” In 1988, he starred in “Bloodsport,” which sent his fame skyrocketing.
Further major roles and cooperation with renowned studios, producers and directors, earned him recognition and set him on par with movie stars like Charles Bronson, Chuck Norris, etc. Every next movie he acted in would give him an increased share of recognition and money. “Kickboxer” is a thrilling action movie, and it pretty much popularized Muay Thai in the West. In “Death Warrant” is a breathtaking action movie, in which he works in jail as part of an undercover operation to unravel several murders. “Lionheart” and “Double Impact” are very bright action drama examples. The novelty of the latter is that JCVD would play twin brothers and work as a fight stage choreographer, editor and writer. “Universal Soldier” (1992) became a breakthrough blockbuster with sales reaching $102 million, which was nearly five times its budget.
Later on, JCVD signed a $3.5 million deal with Columbia Pictures. The cooperation produced “Nowhere to Run” (1993), as well as “Hard Target” (same year), “Timecop” (1994), “Street Fighter” (same year), “Sudden Death” (1995). In 1997 “Double Team” hit theaters. The movie also features Dennis Rodman, a NBA player. The cooperation was very successful, and the movie made a good bang. Years later, Van Damme played part of himself in “JCVD” (2008), which was a one-of-a-kind experience for the actor.
JCVD was engaged in projects other than acting in movies. Particularly, he got invitations to TV shows and would not quit the film industry. He focused on directing, production, writing and editing. Over the forty years of work in the movie industry, he acted in more than 50 movies. In the 2000s, JCVD went out of the spotlight, although he would not stop acting completely. Reportedly, things went a little worse for him after he rejected an offer from a studio, because, he said, he was looking for better options. “JCVD” (2008) revealed the actor’s new side and became one of the most critically acclaimed products. “Kung Fu Panda-2” and “Kung Fu Panda 3” are among his most prominent projects over the past few years, in which he played voice-over roles. He continues to make movies every year and still demonstrates high involvement in martial arts. He is running a new “Kickboxer” franchise, a remake of the epoch-making 1989 movie that gave JCVD a flying start. Although he is a highly recognized actor, he has few awards. One of these is

Personal Life

By the mid-1990s, JCVD developed a stress from continuous filming and became addicted to cocaine and got busted for driving in a state of intoxication. When it began to cost him $10,000 per week, he had to go for drug rehabilitation. Later he realized that he had a serious personality disorder. So far, JCVD has had five marriages to four women. He has remarried Gladys Portuguese, his third wife. The marriages have brought him three children.
Van Damme purchased a mansion house in Marina Del Rey, California, paying $6 million, which exceeded the starter price by $125,000

Salaries

“Bloodsport” is one of the best action movies with JCVD, and it earned him $25,000. The following three films – “Kickboxer,” “Black Eagle,” and “Death Warrant” – earned him $75,000. However, salaries began to rise from 1991. His next movie – “Double Impact” (1992) – gave him a profit of $600,000, and he received $1.5 million for the next year’s “Universal Soldier.” During the following three years JCVD earned $3.5 million, $13 million, and $5 million for “Hard Target,” “Timecop,”/“Street Fighter” and “Sudden Death” respectively.
From 1991 through 1995, Van Damme’s salary earnings totaled $40 million, which is equivalent to today’s $70 million.

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