Jean-Claude Van Damme Net Worth
Jean-Claude Van Damme has an estimated net worth of $40 Million. Belgium-born action-film star Jean-Claude Van Damme has showcased his patented splits and acrobatic kicks in such movies as ‘Bloodsport.’ He earned the majority of his income from movies.
As a teenager, Jean-Claude Van Damme was a champion martial artist and bodybuilder, and he used his physical abilities to become the star of American action films such as Bloodsport (1988) and Double Impact (1991). Van Damme struggled with personal and professional issues in the 1990s, but has since regained some of his star power.
To calculate the net worth of Jean-Claude Van Damme, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as loans and personal debt, are included in total liabilities.
Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:
|Name:||Jean-Claude Van Damme|
|Net Worth:||$40 Million|
|Monthly Salary:||$200 Thousand+|
|Annual Income:||$3 Million+|
|Source of Wealth:||Martial Artist, Actor, Screenwriter, Film Producer, Film director, Film Editor|
Early Years and Career
Camille, Jean-Claude On October 18, 1960, in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium, François Van Varenberg was born. As a skinny kid, he began learning Shotokan karate at the age of 11 and quickly moved on to weightlifting and ballet. Van Damme won the European Professional Karate Association’s middleweight championship as a teenager and was named “Mr. Belgium” in a bodybuilding competition.
Van Damme opened a gym in Brussels and did some modeling, but he was obsessed with becoming a movie star. He moved to Los Angeles, California, in the early 1980s to pursue his Hollywood dreams after briefly attempting to break into the thriving martial-arts film industry in Hong Kong, China.
Originally known as “Frank Cujo,” Van Damme worked as a cab driver, waiter, aerobics instructor, and nightclub bouncer while attempting to make a name for himself in Hollywood. He appeared in No Retreat, No Surrender in 1986, but his big break came when he demonstrated his ability to perform a jumping, 360-degree “helicopter kick” to B-list producer Menahem Golan, who cast the unknown actor in Bloodsport (1988). The low-budget film earned a surprising $35 million at the box office, and Van Damme went on to star in Kickboxer the following year.
Over the next decade, Van Damme appeared in action films such as Double Impact (1991), Universal Soldier (1992), Time Cop (1994), Sudden Death (1995), and Maximum Risk (1996), overcoming his limited acting abilities with his acrobatic kicks and patented splits. He made his directorial debut with The Quest (1996), but Double Team (1997) and Knock Off (1998) were flops, and by the early 2000s, the majority of his films had gone straight to video.
Van Damme resurfaced in 2008 as a fictionalized version of himself in the satirical, confessional JCVD. His performance received positive reviews and sparked a comeback for the former action star, who went on to reprise a familiar role in Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2010) and voice Master Croc in Kung Fu Panda 2. (2011). Van Damme was back in his element in 2012, as part of the veteran buttkicking ensemble in Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables 2.
Van Damme became addicted to cocaine and sleeping pills during the 1990s, and he was arrested for DUI in 1999. During this time, he was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder, though his condition improved after he started taking medication and getting his personal life in order.
Van Damme has three children from five marriages. Kris Van Varenberg and Bianca Bree, two of them, have followed in their father’s footsteps as actors.
Van Damme was honored with the unveiling of a bronze statue in his hometown of Brussels in October 2012. The statue shows the former martial-arts champion in a classic fighting pose, poised to deliver one of his famous flying kicks.
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