There was a period of time in the late 80s and early 90s, when Jean-Claude Van Damme was the MAN. He was everywhere – in popular action films, at awards ceremonies, on talk shows, and featured on entertainment news programs around the world. The "Muscles from Brussels" was a bonafide superstar. Jean-Claude Van Damme began practicing martial arts when he was ten years old, and won multiple honors throughout his teens and twenties, culminating in winning the bodybuilding title, "Mr. Belgium". After moving to the U.S. in 1982, he shifted his focus to acting and scored a major box office hit with "Bloodsport", in 1988. For the next few years, he would release a string of popular action films, including, "Cyborg", "Kickboxer", "Double Impact", "Universal Soldier", "Nowhere to Run", "Hard Target", and the massively successful, "Timecop". Unfortunately, like many stars before him, he started to fall apart under the influence of drugs. His substance abuse, combined with previously undiagnosed bipolar disorder, derailed his career. By 1998, his projects were being released straight-to-video only, and he had gone from "on top of the world" to "under a rock". However, 2012 proved to be a comeback year for the action star, with three action films released at once. It looks like he is poised to reclaim a modicum of his former glory. All of the recent work, means he can afford a new house.
Jean-Claude Van Damme's house is 7,574 square feet spread out over four stories. The six bedroom, eight bathroom house, was originally on the market for $5.85 million, but Mr. Van Damme offered $6 million for it, just so the owners were super clear that he wanted the home. Jean-Claude Van Damme's house also features eight fireplaces, a billiard room, a home gym, an elevator, a rooftop garden, and a spa. Around the outside of Jean-Claude Van Damme's house, there are fire pits, waterfalls, and a bike path. It's clear that Mr. Van Damme is enjoying his return to prominence. Let's hope it lasts a little longer this time.