Jean Claude Van Damme's Height
5ft 8.5in (174 cm)
Peak height was 5ft 9in (175 cm)
Belgian actor and martial artist best known for starring in Universal Soldier, Kickboxer, Timecop, Cyborg, Bloodsport, Hard Target and The Expendables 2.
[I am] 5'10' and 185 lbs.
- Combat Karate Magazine, 1986
What my fans seem to be surprised at is my height. I'm 5'10" tall, but they often say, 'Oh, you're so short!' I think they expect me to be 6'4" tall!"
In 2011, on an ITV4 series about Van Damme, his Mother measured him against a wall with a fold-able tape measure and they both said 177cm, much to Jean's delight.
I'm 5-foot-10, a good size for movies. If you're too big a guy, it's hard to find good villains. That's why Stallone always has good villains. He's short.
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Average Guess (23 Votes)
Peak: 5ft 8.88in (175cm)
Current: 5ft 8.45in (173.9cm)
said on 4/Jan/17
Rob, how is it that jcvd is 174 and Statham 175 when the picture shows van damme being taller than him?
Editor Rob: today I think Jean has dropped a fraction, but a few years back could still look nearer 5ft 9 at times.
Sandy Cowell said on 21/Dec/16
@ Rob - There's nothing quite like the word 'awful' for really hammering your point through, is there? Ha ha ha!
Anyone with his success and money though shouldn't give a toss!
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 21/Dec/16
He looks a strong 5ft10 in that photo with Dolph and Jason!
said on 20/Dec/16
I don't think VD is one of the worst offenders of covering up his height. He usually looks small in photographs, out and about in public and at appearances etc. He doesn't resort to booster shoes like some. I think he just genuinely believes, or did at one point, that he was taller than he is.
Editor Rob: for an insanely fit and supple man, his posture at times is awful 🙀
Dmeyer said on 13/Dec/16
Van damme shoes are regular , if you look at all pics Statham and Van damme in some they are same in others some jc is taller and some Jason is taller , that means they are equal height
Peter 179cm said on 11/Dec/16
He actually looks near his 5'10 claim next to Statham and Lundgren,although his footwear seems a bit suspicious.I don't think Statham is over 173cm anyway,174 at most but that'd make Van Damme atleast 176-177 range above.Something doesn't add up.
albert said on 5/Dec/16
Here Van damme is obviously taller than Jason Statham by about 1/2 an inch yet he is 5.85 and Jason is rated at 5.9. I don't get it.
Michaeljrocks said on 22/Nov/16
A few months back I spent time with JCVD & had several photos taken with him. I posted here that he seemed 5'9. However, after carefully reviewing my photos with him, it would seem I was fooled by his JCVD baseball cap which gave him a little extra height on top of his head. I'm 5'6 & measuring facial features JCVD seemed to have a good solid 2 inches on me. Take into account posture & footwear & this 5'8.5 claim is as close to correct as you could get without a stadiometer.
Mannyman said on 14/Nov/16
And peak height would be 5'9.75" he was never a strong 5'10" even in the movies but peak he always looked a shade under 5'10" so an estimate would be 5'9.75" for his peak. There is a scene in the movie nowhere to run where it shows a mug shot of his character and the tip of his head touches 70in.
Mannyman said on 13/Nov/16
I met van damme in Hollywood in 2009. I am exactly 5'9" on the dot and I was 17 at the time so I was 5'8" back then and wearing adidas sneakers and he was wearing converse chucks and he was a good inch and a quarter taller than me. So I would guess he was 5'9.25" back then. 176cm for sure not 5'8.5"
GP said on 11/Nov/16
@Frank R, in Maximum Risk, Van Damme wore thick heeled boots and Natasha was in flats most of the movie with poorer posture. The best scenes to really compare them were the scene in his brother's apartment and the last scene them walking in the park. He could barely reach her height with shoe advantage. Peak 5'8", now 172/5'7.75".
said on 10/Nov/16
JCVD with GGG Golovkin
Frank R said on 7/Nov/16
In a 1995 issue of GQ magazine an interviewer/author wrote that JCVD was 5'9." That same year he starred in 'Maximum Risk' with Natasha Henstridge who was 5'9.5" and she appeared to be the same height as JCVD in several scenes.
said on 5/Nov/16
Rob if you think 174cm at most today then list him 175 Peak 174 now i knew 177 waw too high thaugh he Can look 5 ft 9-9,5 Peak but most likely solid 175cm Peak 174cm now , Rob do you think by ex2 premií¨re was still 175cm
Editor Rob: I think it is the last 3-4 years Van damme has been consistently looking a bit shorter, so the odds might be quite high that he has lost height.
sabot said on 4/Nov/16
I'm pretty sure he has lost a fraction. He had a better posture in his prime IMHO. It's not unusual to lose some height at that age. All People are different.
Lmeister said on 3/Nov/16
Nowadays JCVD is the same height as Floyd Mayweather and clearly shorter than Gennadi Golovkin(179cm). Pics can be found from JCVD instagram.
berta said on 2/Nov/16
176 in some ways taller than statham always
Josh Jeffords said on 30/Oct/16
If Jean is under 5 9 Stallone is under 5 8.
Prime he looked 5 9 maybe 170 lbs long arms and legs.
He looked a bit under with massive 90 Dolph not as small as Stallone again.
I'd wager a strong 5 8 now Stallone a weak 5 7 Statham a weak 5 8.
So Adkins is a big 5 10 or wears massive boots looked close to 6 ft.
Compared to Lil hem who is 6 3 ish looked 6 ft maybe more.
said on 27/Oct/16
Rob I posted a comment few days ago and it hasn't showed up yet. I was curious that how Van Damme can look the same height or shorter than Mayweather in the recent pics posted by Van Damme. Maybe he isn't as tall as you thought he is. He was most likely always 5'8".
Editor Rob: Van damme I think may well have shrunk a bit, but 5 years ago he was still looking closer to 5ft 9 than 5ft 8.
said on 18/Oct/16
Rob since GGG is 5'9.5" or 177, and the photo that Johno posted below and Van Damme posted the same photos on his page. How can Van Damme be listed at 5'9"/175 when he clearly looks couple inches shorter? Like I have been saying for a long time, he is nothing more than 5'8"(possibly less)and I even have a photo with him.
Editor Rob: he could be 5ft 8.5 at most today.
Josh said on 8/Oct/16
He definitely looks as if he's lost a few inches in height. Can def happen as I've lost a good few myself. I've gong from 5 9 and a bit to below 5 7. Has to be something to do with the mucsles.
Morningheight 182cm said on 3/Oct/16
In his youth I could imagine him a 5'9.5 but now 5'9 seems to suit him
GP said on 23/Sep/16
I was watching JC's pilot (Jean Claude Van Johnson) the other day and it's very clear that JC isn't 5'9" in the scenes with Kat Foster who is 5'6". I recommend to watch the pilot not only for height gauging but also it's something different that he has done and he is good at it.
Alex said on 20/Sep/16
Didn't look much taller than the girls in friends, 5'9 tops could be as small as 5'7 though
GP said on 16/Sep/16
I remember I had an article with JC in some martial arts magazine some time ago and it was in Europe. When he was asked his weight he said that he was 82kg, which is 180lbs if I'm not mistaken. I think in Kickboxer he was bigger than bloodsport. But then I think he would probably cut out salt for few days before filming the fight scenes so he would look leaner. When I saw him recently and actually we talked a bit for his show. He said that he had changed his diet and cut out meat pretty much and he wasn't lifting heavy anymore. He looked closer to 170, maybe even 165. Still very lean.
Shredder said on 10/Sep/16
185 was his prime weight as he claimed it in 1986 , and up until about mid 90's he looked to have a a lot of mass. Nowadays he is just a wet 160 range .
said on 30/Aug/16
Rob, Van Damme seriously looks a bit over 2-inches shorters than GGG and we all know what range of height GGG resides in, 5'9.25. Rob you would probably be comfortably taller than Van Damme.
Johno said on 30/Aug/16
With GGG, Van Damme looks shorter next to him than a 5'8.5 Kell Brook does plus, i believe Van Damme has the footwear advantage.
Rob, i believe there is a good chance Van Damme would meaure lower than you, he does not appear to average more than a 5'8 flat.
Michaeljrocks said on 28/Aug/16
Just met him at his speaking event in Melbourne. 5'9
Sly said on 13/Aug/16
My brother saw him in Acapulco in the early 1990s and told me he is very short, about 1.70 mts
Puma said on 10/Aug/16
If Statham is 175 but he is never 175, how is Van damme 175 cm?
They are not same heights.
Statham is 173 and Van Damme is 174 cm.
Spot on that.
Francois Morin said on 30/Jul/16
I used to train in a gym nest to GSP, Georges Saint-Pier, former MMA champion. I am almost 5'9'' tall (maybe 174cm) and George was about an inch taller then me barefoot. On Georges facebook you can see him next to Van Damme and he is about 1 or 1 and a half inch smaller barefoot. So I say Van Damme is about 5'8''.
said on 28/Jul/16
statham stood next to slightly leaning 6'1 Ronaldo and about 4.5 - 5 inches smaller. Statham stood nxt to jcvd same height if u take jcvd hair off. What do you think of him now (jcvd) Rob? He llooks in ripped shape still would u say hes lost much Muscle mass since his peak ?
Editor Rob: a few pounds difference may well be possible looking at him again.
GP said on 5/Jul/16
I totally agree with Danimal. Is it me or are most of the action stars listed taller than they are?
said on 5/Jul/16
Van Damme BAREFOOT with Regis Philbin from about 25 years ago. Philbin used to claim to be 5'7" (remember he's 84 years old today and is MAX 5'6" today or under). So he was around 60 in this video (maybe late 50's). Anyway, it's a good height comparison indicator for Van Damme seeing they are both barefeet.
said on 30/Jun/16
What made you downgrade him Rob? Which photos or any other evidence changed your mind?
Editor Rob: I think it is just looking at him over the years really.
Danimal (176-178cm) said on 29/Jun/16
MAX 5'8" guy barefoot (maybe even 5'7.5"). Close to 5'10" in his cowboy boots.
GP said on 20/Jun/16
Van Damme was never over 5'8", possibly even lower. In his early movies before he was a big star, he wore cowboy boots almost all the time. Then in the early 90's, he figured out the Stallone secret and started wearing a slight lift. And whenever you watch his movies, pay attention to the camera angle, it's always placed about his waist height which makes him look taller than he is especially for someone who has a muscular upper body.
Losing height? Come on, he always used a stunt double, the only things he did himself were the kicking and punching and I doubt those make you lose height. Now if we are talking about Jackie Chan, who has been doing his own stunts and has the evidence of broken bones, then that's a different story.
I also strongly suggest to watch a specific scene from Street Fighter. Scene with A.N. Official. The actor is Simon Callow, who has claimed 5'7". After you watch that scene of them standing in front of each other in a full body shot, where Van Damme has military boots on and Callow has flat shoes, think again if Van Damme looks 2 inches taller.
BH said on 20/Jun/16
His picture with mayweather shows hes not even 5'8
Dmeyer said on 15/Jun/16
You could argue 174-176cm for van damme
said on 26/May/16
Maybe this is his peak morning height. Rob could you take a second look of him with Manchester City players, please? He does look more than 2 inches shorter than Kevin De Bruyne (5ft11~180-181cm).
Editor Rob: losing half inch by his age might actually be possible, considering the amount of films he's done and the work involved...
Flyin said on 10/May/16
A lot of his films were filmed in the far East making him appear taller. Having said that given the 177cm measurement plus the. 5-.75 over Stalham above would 176cm be possible?.
said on 9/May/16
Rob, can you please provide us the link of his measurement?
Editor Rob: I don't have a link anymore.
shannon said on 9/May/16
why is statham listed 5'9 if van damme is clearly taller with no footwear advantage?
in this picture he is 5'8 and if anybody disagrees, speak it
BH said on 3/May/16
Looks 5-6 inches smaller than 1.83 -6ft diaz brothers so 5'9 is a no, hes definitely 5'6-5'8 tops also looks about 12 stone in build he doesn't look any smaller built than 1990s
said on 3/May/16
I met GGG at the ESPYs. He was considerably shorter than me and I think that he has a few inches on JCVD. We both had on pretty flat bottom dress shoes in the pic. I have been measured by a chiropractor at 6'4-5/8" near the middle of the day. This was late evening, so I could be as much as 1/2" shorter. Not sure what this would make JCVD. Not really buying that he's 185 either.
said on 2/May/16
Hello, this is a picture of Nate Diaz and his brother Nick Diaz next to Jean. How tall do you think Nate and nick are based on this picture? Click Here
Editor Rob: diaz could look 6ft with damme
said on 1/May/16
It JCDV is this height than how tall would that make Nate Diaz? Click Here
Ron said on 29/Apr/16
I used to work with a guy whose wife worked as a house keeper for Van Damme while he was on location for a movie. She (the wife), said that Van Damme was short, about 5' 7" or 5' 8". This was many years ago, when he was younger.
said on 24/Apr/16
look at this photo taken yesterday. Golovkin is officially listed at 179cm (5'10.5") and is a professional boxer so that must be spot on. Plus he is wearing flat boxing shoes.
JCVD seems to be 173cm max.
Kareem said on 9/Apr/16
Even if he is 5'8 or 5'9, thats a good height, its not short.
GP said on 21/Mar/16
BH, the photo is from a month ago. He is nothing more than a 5'8". He likes to get closer to camera to look bigger. He is a nice person. Unfortunately I can't post the photo since it was during a show that he would be releasing sometime soon. Either way, it's not that by posting the photo, his listing here will change anyway. I think Rob is pretty sure on his height. Even then, people will start saying that he lost height because he is 55 and has done action movies.
BH said on 19/Mar/16
GP why dont u show the photo with u and van damme. What year was it and whats your height
184.3cm (Night) said on 18/Mar/16
Are you calling the man a liar? He has 175cm on his facebook page. Last year a statue was presented to him in Belgium which stands 174cm.
GP said on 17/Mar/16
Hey Moises, would you be so kind and post the photo of you 2 and a photo of your measured height. Because I have a photo with him too and I'm wondering if he shrunk in mine.
Moises said on 16/Mar/16
Van Damme is 1'77 cms barefoot , , I am 178 cms I have a picture next to him , he was only 1 cm shorter , stop posting lies , he is 177cms
berta said on 29/Feb/16
long time ago he was listed 178 then 175 then 177 then 176 and now back to 175 :P is he really this short? i thout 176-77 was good. Litte taller than Statham.
Luke said on 24/Feb/16
Did he weigh 185?
Chris said on 20/Feb/16
I met him in Portland Oregon USA. It must have been about 1995. I was 6' 2" at the time and I towered above him. He can not be over 5 foot tall. I swear it on my life. The man is very very short. Not to mention, that he was very very rude. Honestly, he is a very conceited, rude person. Just awful.
luis180 said on 9/Feb/16
173 cm max
Dmeyer said on 3/Feb/16
peak can look 175-6cm today 175 , i wouldnt argue under 5'8.5
184.3cm (Night) said on 3/Feb/16
5'8.5" (174cm) just like his statue that now stands in Belgium. Maybe he has lost a cm or two since peak, hard to say but im sure he is under 5'9 now.
Jedi Master 5' 11 said on 3/Feb/16
LOL, I THOUGHT HE WAS LIKE 6' 2" !!!! but yeah, 5' 9" seems spot on here.
Sandra said on 1/Feb/16
No freaking way. I saw him once and I, at 5'7", was taller than him.
Johno said on 24/Jan/16
Johno said on 24/Jan/16
said on 15/Jan/16
I always read van damme was short.
He is 1.73m. Which is not small and enough to look 1.77 with thick shoes like he use to wearing.
Just watch that video where u see both jcvd and bolo yeung barefoot with a perfect angle and u see jcvd no more than 2 inches taller, precisely 3-4 cm taller.
since Bolo yeung is 1.68, jcvd is 171 - 172
He need a down grade.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 6/Jan/16
Looking at the above picture...I reckon both Statham and Van Damme are clearing 5ft10 and possibly even near 5ft11 in those shoes. They're chunky and look far more generous than what Dolph has. So you can safely rule out 6ft1-2 for Dolph. About 6ft3 today.
Charlie said on 3/Jan/16
No way, Dolph isnt 6`2 and sure as hell not 184 cm!
edward junior said on 28/Dec/15
jean claude van damme.. 5,9. 1,75 cm.. jason statham. 5,10,,,1,78,, dolph lundregn,,, 6,2, 1,84,,,
BH said on 22/Dec/15
Funny enough iv just watched replicant, plenty of scenes with JCVD an MR stood face to face or side to side, they are same height maybe 1cm difference but i did notice van damme wearing these thick white soled trainers must of been 2 inches thick, 5'7.5 - 5'8 for van damme
Dmeyer said on 22/Dec/15
To me he looked close enaugh rooker height its true he could look shorter but could also look as tall or 1cm taller in 1 scene
GP said on 4/Dec/15
You are correct MOF. Rooker was an inch taller and Van Damme had some suspicious looking shoes on. I don't get why people even talk about his peak height. The man is 55 years old, is in great shape. I think what confuses people is that in the 90's Van Damme had extra 20lbs of muscle which in camera looks big and back then he was a pretty big name and they wanted to make him look bigger than he was. Look at him next to Roger Moore, I think Moore was in his 60's possible 70 at the time, so he was most likely 6' tall, during the premiers of the movie Van Damme would wear thick boots when Moore was in regular dress shoes and he still managed to look 4 inch taller than Van Damme. Just because in screen the actor looks tall or taller, it doesn't mean that he is in reality. Van Damme, Snipes, Stallone and Statham were never 5'9".
MOF said on 30/Nov/15
Michael Rooker was consistently taller than Van Damme in Replicant (2001) by about an inch. Rooker is listed at 175cm.
sabot said on 24/Nov/15
"dmeyer said on 14/Nov/15
Nothing less than 175-175.2cm peak night height but today could he be a weaker 5'9 like 174.5cm rob ??"
I agree with the peak height, he looked legit 5'9 in his prime. Today I think he can look close to 5'8.5 or even 5'8.
GP said on 23/Nov/15
It's interesting to me that for some reason Rob likes to list all these action stars at 5'9", but clearly there has been a lot of evidence that they are below that and even the people on here who have met them will confirm that.
Lmeister said on 22/Nov/15
Sergio Aguero is 172cm. I'd give the same to JCVD. Time to downgrade Sly, Statham, Snipes, Banderas...
Ally said on 20/Nov/15
Well, he looked about 5'7 - 5'8(max) with Manuel Pellegrini and Kevin de Bruyne. Also looked a full head shorter than 6'3 Vincent Kompany
BH said on 19/Nov/15
Rob and everyone iv said it all along van damme is 5"8 here is more evidence even GP can back this up hes stood next to Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) who is 1.73 and he is same height rob downgrade for van damme? Obviously forgot his cowboy boots today. Even towered by kolarov and Vincent kompany. On daily mail
GP said on 19/Nov/15
Rob, Van Damme is in Manchester and he took photos with City players. In all those photos he looks 5'8", especially it's clear next to Aguero who is not even a full 5'7"
said on 14/Nov/15
Nothing less than 175-175.2cm peak night height but today could he be a weaker 5'9 like 174.5cm rob ??
Editor Rob: I might rewatch some early van damme movies again to see how he looked
said on 13/Nov/15
Rob, JCVD is in Manchester next week. A picture with him is something silly like £300. Be a great chance for you (5"8) to stand next to him and upload on here to show the height comparison and end the debate. Obviously if your willing to pay that kind of money lol. Il stick with my guns and say hes between 171-174 judging by people's experience of seeing him and his height in films.
Editor Rob: 6-7 years ago when I had money I'd have did such a thing, but it's unfortunately not feasible to spend that much. It's the same with Arnie - it would cost me 700 quid to get a photo...
said on 12/Nov/15
Rob do you agree at peak he woke at 177.5cm
Editor Rob: he probably did, I wouldn't argue lower than 5ft 9 for him now.
dmeyer said on 12/Nov/15
He wakes at 5'9.75 peak 175cm was his night height , today close to it still , when in same footwear he looks more than 1cm over jackie chan
dmeyer said on 11/Nov/15
He can look just 5'9 many times could look anywere 5'8.5-9.5
said on 11/Nov/15
175 wath happened rob , was defenetly no less than 175cm can look 174cm at times today
Editor Rob: I think ultimately it might be the best mark to put him on, bang on 5ft 9
Fh said on 30/Oct/15
By the time he was beginning his carreer in Hollywood, he did shows (appearances) in Europe (Belgium, France), and if I can trust my memory, he said he was 172cm (something close to 5 feet 7.75 inches).
So... 1cm of difference is not a big deal, but 2 inches (5.08 cm) seems impossible.
said on 27/Oct/15
Rob, JCVD is clearly shorter than 175cm Scott Brash. Maybe 177cm in thick shoes.
Here is JCVD with Lorenzo Lamas 187cm. They are both barefoot.
said on 26/Oct/15
ok Rob. but i'm curious about this measurement of 177 cm - was it made in the morning and was it with any shoes or floppers ? and let's supose that it's right. so if he is 177 in the morning what should be his height in the rest of the day ? i would really like to know . thanks Rob :)
[Editor Rob: it was his mother helping measure...there could be a margin of error bigger than normal, I am sure it was without footwear.]
184.3cm (Night) said on 25/Oct/15
HIs statue is 174cm there is no arguing that, did he have loose posture etc? no idea but thats the measurement that was done.
said on 24/Oct/15
Scott Brash is a 174-175cm. That makes JCVD 171-173cm. Maybe he was 174cm in his youth. Nowadays closer to 171cm. Btw Bolo Yeung was 168-169cm in his youth. Bolo was always a tad shorter than Bruce Lee.
Scott Brash with Patrice Delaveau(176cm) and Steve Guerdat(183cm from his official site):
GP said on 23/Oct/15
How does anyone even know that Bolo is 5'8". I have talked to lot of people at Gold's Gym who have met Bolo and he used to work out there before and Nobody thinks he is 5'6". They all think he is under that. I have always said it that JC is 171-174 and 174 is less likely. I have met and I know people who have met him. I can assure you that he even wears lifts, that's why when you see him barefoot, he looks shorter and in person pretty much everybody says he is shorter
said on 20/Oct/15
Well ok but i found more of these its full. First he is the same height as Chuck Norris and Jackie Chan who are 174, if i'm right . Then he is little bit taller than Bolo who is 168 . And on top of that his statue in Belgium which is fullsized of him is 173. Rob what you really think about Van Damme's height ? I mean i really would like to know because for me he is the best actor and martial artist and i even bow to him. I'm very curious but i need you to say exactly what do you think 5'8 or ? thanks
[Editor Rob: jean can look at times in the 5ft 8 range, whether he really is I'm not sure]
said on 18/Oct/15
Hi Rob. I think most of us here would like to know something rare and weird. I can't explain it to myself so i would be very extremely thankful to you if you answer me . Here is a video of Bolo Yeung who is 5'6 and Van Damme is BARE FEET and he looks no more than 1 inch taller when they stand next to each other. How is that possible ? Is Van Damme 171 or ? Please answer and thank you.
[Editor Rob: he can look a couple of inches taller, although I've not really looked at bolo properly.
unfortunately the one-time van damme is doing an event in the UK, the price to get a guaranteed photo is bloody expensive, like £360.]
said on 5/Oct/15
Rob here is van damme next to olympic gold medalist scott brash who is listed at 171cm Click Here
Van damme is no where near to 177
[Editor Rob: I don't know if Brash is 171 or not, I would be surprised if he was.]
Terry said on 29/Sep/15
I think 5'9 is about right. He looks an inch taller than Statham is that photo. Statham looks really short in this picture but then he actually is I suppose.
BH said on 25/Sep/15
If GP says hes met van damme and he's in 5"8 range then he must be. Iv read a few comments and people judge him as 5'7 or 5'8 who have met/seen him in person, also in movies he looks thar height range compared to actors. Tho I do believe be can pull off 5'10 just. I am 173-174cm and can pull off a weak 5'10 with airmax or boots on. Tho some people seem to think he's 5'6 range
184.3cm (Night) said on 22/Sep/15
The reason Patrick is he is no more than 1.75m. His statue at Anderlecht is 1.74m according to the artist responsible for it. Guy is a perfectionist so the measurements have to be right. He is also shorter than his 21 year old daughter but Van Varenberg loves show business. After all he still claims to be from Brussels, father is from the south of Belgium, mother from flanders. He grew up in the rich area Knokke but thats not a good story and neither does it inspire working class kids to aim higher.
GP said on 21/Sep/15
Van Damme's supporting actor in Lionheart, Harrison Page is 5'9" and he was taller than Van Damme. Every legit 5'9" person is taller than Van Damme. I don't know why anyone would believe Van Damme, the guy used to say that he was a European Kickboxing Champion, but then the real champ Don "the dragon" Wilson looked into it and found out that he was lying about it. It's all about publicity. People at Gold's Gym in Venice say he is short, and I don't think any 5'9" or over that person will be called short
c-note said on 19/Sep/15
In Lionheart, the guy who played Attila was listed at 6'2" that Van Damme was fighting in the final fight. He was towering over Van Damme throughout the fight which would make about 5'8"-5'9". Van Damme was wearing boots, but Attila was huge.
said on 16/Sep/15
[Editor Rob: whoever manages his facebook page will have wrote the stats, but we've all seen Van Damme being 'measured' at 177...maybe the truth is the measurement is really more nearer 5ft 9 in reality.]
I´m 1.76.5m right now. And i´m at least 8-9 hour on my feet today. I start with 1.77,Xm
And i end with 1.75,Xm
Maybe he was meassured at morning. i dont know. 1.77m isnt a excect comment, i dont know a word for that. exactly? excalty 1.77m? EXACTLY?
I mean, i told you, i´m 1.76.5m right now. I could round up or round down. I usually round down.
I mean, i dont care, if he is 1.77 or 1.60m. But i dont understand, why he accept 1.75m on his facebook.
[Editor Rob: he has claimed the 5ft 10 a few times during his career, but most think somewhere in 5ft 9-9.5 range is more reasonable.
I doubt his Mother who was helping measure him would round down :)]
said on 12/Sep/15
Rob, on his official facebook, there really is written:
"5' 9" (1.75 m) / 176 lbs (80 kg)"
I can´t believe, he dont know about it. Doest it matter to you, rob?
[Editor Rob: whoever manages his facebook page will have wrote the stats, but we've all seen Van Damme being 'measured' at 177...maybe the truth is the measurement is really more nearer 5ft 9 in reality.]
said on 6/Sep/15
Rob, what was wrong with the 177 listing? If he measured himself that...
[Editor Rob: it's a loose measurement, I think his Mother might have been a little generous and called out the higher number.]
dmeyer said on 18/Aug/15
In behind the scène of ex2 fight jcvd looks 0.5in taller than sly
said on 13/Aug/15
In bloodsport and kickboxer he wears cowboy boots. The trainer in KB is probably about 5"2 to make jc look taller. Like I said van damme is 1.71 - 1.73cm. Rob and GP look at this pic of 6"2 lorenzo lamas and jcvd weather there is camera angle or ground platform jc looks 5"6 which I think is abit low for him. Click Here
GP said on 12/Aug/15
My bad, I meant the photo that BH posted. And you are right that he was clearly shorter than Lewis in Double Impact, I think even in the scenes he was wearing his boots he was still shorter. I even posted that same here long time ago under different name but there was no change. Unfortunately Rob doesn't see that, I guess he is the expert and this is his site.
GP said on 11/Aug/15
The guy in the photo that Rob posted is 187 according to IMDB. That puts Van Damme in the 5'8" range, which I have been saying forever and I have even met him. When he was in sneakers he was shorter then he would wear boots in the middle of the summer and look couple inches taller.
said on 9/Aug/15
This is just a temporary test for the van damme
said on 8/Aug/15
In double impact in the first van damme scene van damme stood next to Geoffrey Lewis who is 5"9 is about 1"-1.5" inches smaller eye level and they are both barefoot. Also click here Click Here
see the picture with harold diamond listed 6"1.5 he is 5-6 inches taller than jcvd. Van damme for me is 5'7.5-5'8 tops with a very good physique and 16" arms
hijopotamus said on 28/Jul/15
I can't see this guy wearing lifts or elevators. He is most of the time working out or training martial arts and when he is not and he is at a premier he always does his kicking demo. Watch Double Team movie with D.Rothman and M. Rourke. Van Dame is wearing Chucks! He just doesnt care about height like Pitt or Cruise.
Dmeyer said on 21/Jul/15
In Universal solider he does look about 176cm
JM said on 16/Jul/15
Although having said that, I'm not overly convinced he's genuinely near 5'10".
JM said on 16/Jul/15
One thing about Van Damme is that he has a very small, almost delicate frame and bone structure - which doesn't give him the appearance of a large person. Some men of 5'10" (as VD almost is) can look big. Van Damme doesn't.
Krey said on 20/Jun/15
Ed said on 18/Jun/15
Statham is definitely looking 5'8.5" compared to Van Damme in that pic. I'd give Statham 174cm Rob
an anonymous peach said on 16/Jun/15
Wow, Dolph Lundgren only looks 3 inches taller than them
mani 1312 said on 31/May/15
I am 5.7. I crossed can be 1 inch more
mId said on 24/May/15
youtube this: Van Damme on Regis & Kathy Lee - Part 2
What I find strange is that people when they meet van damme say they were chocked that he is small.. I don't know if they saw him as a tall/bigger guy before or if he is even smaller than expected in real life. Anyway.. he's still to this day the best 'movie-kicker' there ever was, if you ask me.
Dmeyer said on 22/May/15
Bryan (Queenslander) says on 20/May/15
How tall is his daughter Bianca? 169cm?
033333 said on 22/May/15
Saw JCVD in real life once.
Stood right next to him, I'm 5'9 and he definitely looked a tiny bit shorter than me.
I'd give him a 5'8 max.
Dmeyer said on 21/May/15
176 peak 175 now looks right
Bryan (Queenslander) said on 20/May/15
How tall is his daughter Bianca? 169cm?
said on 20/May/15
Rob do you think jcvd was 176cm dinner Time in his 20s 30s 40s and today wath is his dinner Time height ????
[Editor Rob: a 1/4 inch loss by now might be possible for Van Damme...maybe today around 5ft 9, but I feel 176 in his 30's was ok, even 40's.]
asddfg said on 5/May/15
If dolph lundgren is 6'5" how is he not towering them in the pics even considering they have 2" heels
Dmeyer said on 5/Apr/15
165 pounds today 170 topS
Arch Stanton said on 3/Apr/15
Doesn't look 185 lbs today. He looks quite gaunt in the face nowadays.
173-174 cm guy said on 24/Mar/15
For Me JCVD is 1.72 M
nico said on 19/Mar/15
jean claude van damme rost 177-178 cm 179-180 cm son kris van damme jr heights 182-185 cm 187 cm 192 cm
James B said on 17/Mar/15
rob is he related to wrestler rob van damme? They look facially similar and share the same surname?
Baby said on 15/Mar/15
5'feet and 10.5 inches and 180 pounds
Fighter said on 26/Feb/15
5'9 for jcvd through the day and out of bed 176 cm-176,5 cm.
Jack Cavarro said on 24/Feb/15
174 - 175 cm
Julian said on 19/Feb/15
175 cm, no more.
Dmeyer said on 7/Feb/15
Today 174cm is possible 175cm peak
GP said on 5/Feb/15
The photo with Richie confirms what I have been saying all along. Van Damme is nothing close to 5'9". Richie is 65 and possibly has dropped .5 inch. Meeting Van Damme I can confirm that he likes to wear boots a lot even in summertime to possibly fit in an inch of lift. Rob, you should downgrade him.
184.3cm said on 3/Feb/15
His facebook page claims 175cm Demeyer but i read that he has a statue in Belgium that is 174cm. People forget that Jean Claude was another actor who loved his cowboyboots and chunky heels that is why he appeared taller than 5'9 at times in the past.
Leung said on 3/Feb/15
Does appear Lionel has 6cm on JCVD.
said on 2/Feb/15
, hard to see over 174cm
jim said on 29/Jan/15
jackie chan is 5ft 7 as jean claude is 5.9
Marcus said on 8/Jan/15
Hard to judge his height, seems like a 5'9,5"-5'10" kinda guy. Especially in his movies in the 90ties he never looked short and solid average. No way in hell this guy is 5'8".
Nico said on 6/Jan/15
Rost 177-178 cm
dapel said on 20/Dec/14
@NNA i think he is right. I too believe Jean Claude is a small guy.
NNA said on 16/Dec/14
Rob please downgrade his height. He has pictures if all the short height bollywood actors and there is hardly any difference.
said on 9/Dec/14
Rob here is the picture of Jean Claude with Shahrukh Khan, Bollywood actor who is listed on your site as 5'7.5 and i have seen him in reality in Dubai and he is exactly 5'6 barefoot.
in this picture, they both are almost the same height.
GP said on 30/Nov/14
Van Damme wore boots with large heels, more than 0.25" advantage over a normal shoe and I doubt Silver ever was 174. He was about 2 inches shorter than Charlie Sheen in the Arrival, who is 5'9". And Van Damme would most likely wear lifts.
said on 25/Nov/14
Proof that jean might have Been 176cm peak , here he is near 174cm ron silver Click Here
, he actualy looks 5'10 but i think he has 0.25 in more shoes and good posture
Joe said on 18/Nov/14
Van Damme being around 5-9 seems about right, I do not think he was ever 5-10, probably 5'8.5". Still he made a name for himself regardless of height, I also think he is held in much higher esteem than his much taller contemporary Steven Seagal who is about 6'4".
NNA said on 15/Nov/14
Rob i think you have done a big mistake in calculating van damme's height. ON your website, Shahrukh Khan from India is listed as 5 feet 7.5 inches which according to my knowledge is still a generous mark for him. But if you see the picture of shahrukh khan with Van damme, they both have the same height.
I think you need to downgrade van damme's height as he is not that taller.
with that being said, you need to re-evaluate Sylvestor Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jason Statham's height as well.
richie said on 13/Nov/14
Looks legit 5'10" in the photo above
Nico said on 10/Nov/14
Jean claude van damme rost 177-178 cm
Danimal said on 4/Nov/14
Danimal said on 4/Nov/14
keith says on 12/Oct/14
5 foot 8.5 peak 5 foot 9.5
A healthy man of his age (54) would not have lost 1" in height.
Dicky curtis said on 2/Nov/14
176 maybe indeed 177 at peak height. I wouldn't be surprised that that measurement with his mother was pretty accurate. they both agreed. 175 seems a tad too short to me
keith said on 12/Oct/14
5 foot 8.5 peak 5 foot 9.5
Dmeyer said on 4/Oct/14
I think strong 175cm peak Like 175-175.5cm 5'9 today 175cm
184.3cm said on 28/Sep/14
No more than 175cm , its stated clearly on his facebook page...
GP said on 26/Sep/14
In his new movie Swelter with Josh Henderson and Grant Bowler, who Rob has photo with, Van Damme looks the same as Rob with Bowler and I also noticed that Henderson was few inches taller than Van Damme. No way he is 5'9".
Dmeyer said on 21/Sep/14
In Many pics he towers jcvd and js 6in
said on 21/Sep/14
, rob in 2014 do you agree van damme is about 175cm and he Will measure taller than sly and Norris , also you seem to think vandamme beat sly by 0.5cm at peak also
Andrea said on 4/Sep/14
He doesn't really look over 6'-6'0.5 in this pic and he doesn't seem to have such a bad posture to be honest... It's hard to believe he's losing more than 0.5-1 inch in posture, lets be honest!
said on 3/Sep/14
Rob, why do Van Damme and Jason Statham look at least 6'-6'1 in this pic with Lundgren? As far as i know that pics can add/remove height and since i find it hard to believe Dolph is losing 3 inches in posture, i dont know what you think. Of course i dont think Dolph is over 6'3 today, but it still doesnt make sense!
[Editor Rob: I think if taken higher up he might look about 6ft 2, but yeah at times Dolph can look an inch shy of 6ft 3, I am not sure he really is, maybe he just doesn't stand as tall as he can at times.]
jay7 said on 17/Jul/14
I saw him at ufc 70 in 2007 at Manchester England he seemed 5'8 at the most even my brother seemed shocked to see how short he seemed I'm 5'10 and he didn't look that tall
keith said on 6/Jul/14
5 foot 8.9
stan said on 25/Jun/14
i'd give him 5.9ft, same height as Jackie Chan as the most recent pics of the 2 of them suggests.
said on 18/Jun/14
JCVD with Bolo Yeung
Bolo Yeung is/was 167cm/5f6ish and 85kg/187lbs
176 cm man said on 17/Jun/14
lol 5'7...hes at least 176 cm
peruvian said on 3/Jun/14
jcvd is 170cm max
173 is imposible
said on 19/May/14
Rob i met briefly statham hé seemed decent 5ft9 are you sûre van damme Will be taller in most pics they are equal or Jason taller , in very few van damme is taller
[Editor Rob: they could be identical]
said on 12/May/14
tired. van damme is part of this big group of action movie stars with overestimated heights. he was able to say:"I'm 5-foot-10, a good size for movies. If you're too big guy, it's hard to find good villains. That's why Stallone always has good villains. He's short." van damme 5'10"?!unbelievable!!
a very young jc van damme with 5'8" chuck norris:Click Here
this pic proves that van damme was max 5'8"(172-173cm)at his peak. Anything over 5'8" for jc van damme is out of real.
please, try to realize how a legit 5'11" really is, how a legit 6'2" really is, how a legit 6'3" really is, etc, please...
Yaspaa said on 1/May/14
I can see why you would think that. :/
ellie said on 27/Apr/14
I thought Jean Claude Van Damme to be 6ft
Lorne said on 25/Mar/14
I'm thinking more and more 5'9 flat for Mario, but yeah, he can LOOK 176-177 at times. But barefoot with 178cm Dylan Walsh, well, 176 is the absolute max!!!
the shredder said on 22/Mar/14
I believe his Measurement. Mario is over 5'9.
said on 20/Mar/14
Rob, when Mario Lopez interviewed JCVD, I though JCVD edged Lopez out. So one of them had to be taller than 176 cm. Thought?
[Editor Rob: it's tough to say, in the interviews statham could look taller than lopez!]
Stan said on 17/Mar/14
If you were able to pit Dolph, Van Damme and Seagal against each other in their prime Dolph would definitely win. He's too powerful has a far greater reach and could keep both at a distance while kicking their heads into the wall. If you were to pit them against each other today Dolph still wins...haha. Oh, and Van Damme is a solid 5'9"er.
Jay said on 27/Feb/14
today - 167.3cm
Yaspaa said on 25/Feb/14
Lundgren has fought a former UFC champion, he's far more formidable than Seagal. Seagal is good at throwing little Japanese guys around, but Aikido is not a particularly useful style against another trained martial artist. Close counter locks are no match for a powerful striker as Aikido guys have little defence against crosses and straight punches, let alone kicks.
I'm not saying Van Damme would win or Seagal, but pound for pound... the win for Van Damme, incredibly powerful legs.
Point is, Seagal knows his Aikido, Van Damme knows his Shotokan and Dolph knows his Kyokushin
said on 13/Feb/14
Rob,according to you who was stronger Van Damme or Seagal?
Sly said that Jean Claude was probably too strong for Seagal after the latter declined his offer of a fight, but I'm not that convinced.
JC is 7in shorter than him and about 80pounds lighter and they have more or less the same fighting skills. With such difference in height but also in weight, it seems a little hard that JC could dominate him.I'm sure he has good chances against a guy like Lundgren despite his physical disadvantage but Seagal, unless age started to seriously affect him could hardly be beaten by an average guy.
[Editor Rob: Seagal knew his stuff...and in his 30's I think could take Van Damme, but really...it depends if they use techniques that are aimed at weak points of the body]
dmeyer said on 25/Jan/14
177 was too generous 176cm peak is perfect now 175cm measuring 176cm late morning
Lorne said on 24/Jan/14
I can believe he measured 176.5, in the MORNING, and rounded up to 177... Anyway, this is perfect, IMO... Hehe, I said 176cm for Van Damme years ago, when you still had him at 175. Yet another prediction of mine comes to life! (and ps, Rooker wears lifts for sure, Van Damme always look a strong 5'9 to me...)
Arch Stanton said on 24/Jan/14
More like it Rob....
said on 23/Jan/14
If he is 5'9" or 5'9.5", then how can you explain him being shorter than Michael Rooker in Replicant, being shorter than Paul Freeman in Double Team, being shorter than Shia Labeouf on Jay Leno and the list goes on. Van Damme wears lifts, which I have said all along, not like Downey or Stallone, but an inch lift is easy to fit and move around comfortably.
[Editor Rob: we'll give him 176 and say his mum gave him an extra cm]
Stiffelio said on 21/Jan/14
Both him and his mom could have lied. C'mon they knew they were being filmed and there's no showing of either the mark on the tape or Van Damme's feet.
5ft6.5in Guy said on 21/Jan/14
The Guy is A Strong 5´8 Peak
In Bloodsport he 2 inchs Max taller than 5´6 Bolo Yeung
dmeyer said on 24/Dec/13
I think legit 175cm Is good before jc was measured rob had him 175cm it make sens , peak maybe 0.5cm taller now he still looks 175cm like as tall as Statham and like 7cm under 5'11.75 son , measures 179cm in a Nike shox of thick heels so pulled of 5'10
johnmcc said on 23/Dec/13
Life size statue made in Belgium for the boy from Knokke not Brussels as everyone thinks. Length 1.74 m .
Hypados said on 19/Dec/13
Looks 174/175 in Enemies Closer.
Marcus said on 12/Dec/13
Rob, maybe you should add that his official facebookpage states:
5' 9" (1.75 m) / 176 lbs (80 kg)"
If Van Damme himself now claims 5'9", I don't see any reason why we would suspect him being 5'9.5", although there is a good possibility that was once his peak height. Don't forget that action stars and martial artists like himself suffer countless injuries during his career; he might have lost a few centimeters that way.
So maybe a downgrade to current height, but a listing of his peak height, Rob?
said on 12/Dec/13
In Brazil jean claude was on a television program led by a presenter called gugu (I had read that gugu 1.73 see:
height gugu this site :
fff said on 11/Dec/13
I know a girl who met mario lopez and saw a pic with her and she's 5-7 and he was 1.5 to 2 inches taller so if mario is shorter than van damme than he is probably 5-9 to 5-9.5 ....never heard a 5-10 or 5-9 guy called short unless if it was pertaining to pro basketball or nfl
Vibram said on 9/Dec/13
I met Van Damme in 2010 when he was signing autographs in London and promoting his new film. He would of been age 50. We both had the same boot heels size and I had about 1 inch on him (I'm 177cm). He is 5ft8.5 > 5ft8.75 (about 174cm) but has a good frame. I don't think he's lost height since his peak in the 1990's.
Max said on 4/Dec/13
Great comment Liz !
I say something similar when people make a fuss about my height or size. I tell people, it's not like you get a menu and get to choose your features. Be nice, keep clean, and work hard, and good things and people will come to you.
liz says on 27/Sep/13
Look at it this way most good musicians and actors are not very tall. It means nothing(or maybe it means being shorter and hearing all the stuff growing up makes shorter people better at things because they gain strength inside and more talent). Only people who are insecure or ignorant will comment about your height in a negative way. Have confidence in who you are and don't dwell on something you have no control over. None of us have control over height,race,where we are born or anything else like that. There will always be disrespectful dumb people out there,just think to yourself(well they are not very smart or insecure)if they say something about your height because its true. Believe in yourself and you will have the right tall and short people drawn to you. There are good people every where tall and short
HHS said on 28/Nov/13
It's possible Statham's wearing shoes with a 1 inch lift. Putting him on a par with 5'10 Van Damme.
Kourosh177cm said on 25/Nov/13
he is no less than 5'9 175cm
dmeyer said on 17/Nov/13
Overall can really look 5'9 range sometimes 5'9.5
van said on 12/Nov/13
Ive read in a few Black Belt magazines , that Bolo Yeung is actually 5 feet 7.
Lutador said on 10/Nov/13
Van Damme always uses boltas soled high (almost 10 cms) to look more alto.Ele myself have said that to one reporter from the magazine Set in the 90s and using a trick photo, it looked like the greatest reporter of the magazine (1 , 70), when in fact it was menor.Pois he always takes pictures giving almost a step forward and and who is on your side and projecting the body forward.
Lutador said on 10/Nov/13
You sure you have jean claude 177 cm??
He's not wearing anything on the shoe that let him taller?
the shredder said on 9/Nov/13
Rob , 177cm also can be weak 5'10 .
Zipp said on 1/Nov/13
Who cares if he's 5/5 or 6/6 what the hell is wrong with you people!
At the end of the day there's height and there's stature,height means
Nothing,height is just something for insecure people to rely on
Ive met heaps of guys way better looking physique wise that are 5/5
Then guys that are 6/0 height means nothing!!!!!
said on 12/Oct/13
Rob- did it show whether or not he was in shoes when the 177cm measurement was made?
[Editor Rob: I don't think he had any on, but it was a measurement not as exact like celebheights visitors would do :)]
sabot said on 11/Oct/13
Peak: 5'10/178 cm - 5'9.75/177 cm
Today: 5'9.25/176 cm - 5'9/175 cm
Made my day. Thanks.
daniel from brussel said on 8/Oct/13
with elevator shoes statham , van damme and Stallone . Apparently " 6' "
liz said on 27/Sep/13
Look at it this way most good musicians and actors are not very tall. It means nothing(or maybe it means being shorter and hearing all the stuff growing up makes shorter people better at things because they gain strength inside and more talent). Only people who are insecure or ignorant will comment about your height in a negative way. Have confidence in who you are and don't dwell on something you have no control over. None of us have control over height,race,where we are born or anything else like that. There will always be disrespectful dumb people out there,just think to yourself(well they are not very smart or insecure)if they say something about your height because its true. Believe in yourself and you will have the right tall and short people drawn to you. There are good people every where tall and short.
mike said on 17/Sep/13
Was a trainer at worlds gym jcvd and stallone were friends with the owner these stallone is taller but much bigger bodied real height 5.95 190 to 200 jcvd 5.8 170 to 180
clement said on 18/Aug/13
I give sir jean claude van damme 5'9"
said on 15/Aug/13
Body of a 5'9-10 man? I disagree: Click Here
His torso looks somewhat squashed these days.
Peak height close to 5'9
Today probably close to 5'8
Dmeyer said on 13/Aug/13
Not under 175cm péak and now , he has à body of à 5'9-10 men
Stratton said on 3/Aug/13
That is not his height. He is stands at about 1.65 m. I made a movie with him in cape town (wake of death) and stood toe to toe with him.
said on 1/Aug/13
with 5'8 chuk norris years ago so heel arent popular yet:)
The guy is lucky if he is 5'8 and stalone is even less but he's in heels all the time
said on 24/Jul/13
Nice find GP. JCVD with 5'9 listed Shia Labeouf:
Shias shoes are looking normal. Lol @5'9.5 ;)
said on 23/Jul/13
Good find GP. JCVD with 5'9 listed Shia Labeouf(he more 5'8.5 IMHO):
Mojo said on 20/Jul/13
Damn, what the heck happened to Dolph's height? He's really shrunk..
GP said on 20/Jul/13
Look, when Van Damme was promoting EX 2, he was on Leno with Shia Labeouf and he easily looked at least 3 cm shorter, you can even find photos of them online from that night. Check out the photos and the show video and then ask yourself if Van Damme is a 5'9" man next 5'9" Labeouf. Rob, you should check it out too.
Lorne said on 18/Jul/13
5ft9.5 peak is more than fair; he was defiantly 176-177cm range at peak, 175cm was always too low, I said that years ago. But I think the measurement, today is generous. There are two possibilities: the first is it's an early measurement. The alternative is he was really just a solid 176cm, and they rounded to 177cm. Either way, 175.5-176cm evening, he could hit 5ft9 at his worst, though I think he would still edge out a guy like Statham, he is still a strgon 5ft9. Could be he was 5ft9.5 peak, today 175.5-176cm evening. But he WAS NOT less than 176cm peak.., And Gordon Ramsey is a douch.
said on 3/Jul/13
Ah ha! So if you take away that 3cm, that would make him around 5'8.5" then? I still wouldn't be surprised if he was 174cm. I don't know if you've seen this pic Rob, But he's definitely looking 174 in this pic i recently saw of the Ex 2 cast. Although the camera angle is a bit wide here. Click Here
[Editor Rob: 5ft 9.5 could be a breakfast time measurement]
said on 2/Jul/13
No more than 175cm. Looks a good solid inch shorter than 5'10" james remar in The Quest. I'd downgrade him to 5'9". Anything over that is crazy.
[Editor Rob: he was measured by his Mother...maybe she watched a video on youtube called 'How to measure your height, Bronx style'...I heard it adds 2cm to the result.
the model who measured Gordon Ramsay used the video aswell, except she added 3cm to his height :)]
ice said on 24/Jun/13
dolph doesnt even look like 6 ft. in that pic
Terry said on 20/Jun/13
176-7 looks about right. At least Van Damme doesn't exaggerate his height like some actors do such as Daniel Craig and others.
said on 7/Jun/13
I think most here will agree that 5'9.5 is a joke.
He is 5'9 max. It wouldn't shock me if he is slightly below that mark. You need a proof?
1. See the pics I posted below with J.Statham.
2. Here is JCVD next to Bolo:
Bolo's shoes looking dodgy, though.
Jeff C said on 5/Jun/13
I met Bolo Yeung many years ago at work. This was in Miami while he was filming "ShootfighterII". He walk in and was impressive to look at. He was really broad, however he was no more than 5ft.6. In "Bloodsport" Van Damme was barely taller., which wiil make him between 5ft7 or 5ft8 at the most.
Yaspaa said on 24/May/13
Coming up to your eyebrows wearing a 2" heel with lifts makes him under 5'5, making your statement... bogus!
John said on 24/May/13
No discussion, Van Damme has in his facebook profile his real height. 175 cm, so check it out
The 80's Rockstar said on 15/May/13
Back in the 80's I met Van Damme at a celeb party at the Playboy Mansion and he's not even close to 5ft 9.5in lol! I was wearing flat soled Converse sneakers, I'm 5ft 10in barefooted so I was 5ft 10.25in with my sneakers on and he was wearing boots with 2inch heels and most likely with lifts in them like he is in the photo above, and I was looking down at him. The top of his head counting his hair only came up to my eyebrows. He was standing straight up too. If you measured him barefoot he might make it to 5ft 7in but that's it, no more. My girlfriend at the time was a 5ft 7.5in Playboy Bunny and she was taller than he was with her 2inch heels. When she saw him her first words to me were, "he's so short, I thought he was much taller seeing him in his movies". I told her they make all actors who are short look taller in movies. You don't know the facts until you meet someone in person. They have been altering movie stars heights for years, it's old news. True story folks, he's short.
said on 26/Apr/13
Some pics of JCVD with Statham. Jean appears slightly shorter than Statham here...
said on 19/Apr/13
Sorry Rob, van Damme is 5'8". He's the same height as you next to the folding rule.
Here's the picture in better quality, remember the top of the folding rule is 182cm.
said on 12/Apr/13
Again, he was clearly measured around 5'8" by his mom on the show. I agree with Danimal, he might have been 5'8.5" in his younger days, maybe even closer to 5'9", but certainly not 5'9.5".
Don't forget his mom measured him and she's very short. He appears taller next to the folding rule from her perspective, especially if she's standing in front of him.
Yaspaa said on 9/Apr/13
@Lou. He's at least 3" shorter than you were at the time and that makes him 5'7.5 - 5'8.5, that's some fine logic. Lundgren is the same height as Andre Arlovski and he's a good 6'3, the photo is not a good shot for Dolph. when the Rocky 4 team were looking for a 6'3 guy, they certainly found one. 2" height loss, give me a break.
HHS said on 2/Apr/13
It's possible Statham is wearing shoe lifts for one extra inch. That would make him almost level with Van Damme assuming Statham is 174
lou said on 1/Apr/13
i seen van damme when i was 17 years old outside the letterman show
iwas then atmost 5 10 he was at least 3 inches shorter, thats a fact
back in 1997 or 98 i think he was promoting street fighter whenever that was at most he is 5 8 5 8 1/2, more like 5 7 5 71/2
lou said on 1/Apr/13
i seen van damme when i was 17 years old outside the letterman show
iwas then atmost 5 10 he was at least 3 inches shorter, thats a fact
El Mariachi said on 31/Mar/13
Dolph Lundgren doesn't even look 6'3" beside Van Damme!
Dmeyer said on 23/Mar/13
Measures 177cm 1 hr out of bed but is a legit 175cm like 5'9 dinner Time
Dmeyer said on 19/Mar/13
CAN Look 175-177cm so 176cm fits the guy
Yaspaa said on 13/Mar/13
The pic above is weird, Dolph looks 6'0ish. JC's footwear looks suss.
Jack said on 1/Mar/13
He is often described as a short guy. Didn't expect him to be this tall...
............. said on 24/Feb/13
wow lundren is shorter than I thought...he's about 6'3 now with shoes...and van damme is closer to 5'10 statham closer to 5'9...all with dress shoes that add some height...
MrX said on 20/Jan/13
He looks solid 175 175 in the evening)
sabot said on 15/Jan/13
Jason is definitely not a full 5'9... more like a weak 5'9, maybe even less, but not under 5'8. There is no much differance at the picture above, plus they have similar proptions. 5'9 makes sense for Jean Claude.
Dmeyer said on 12/Jan/13
Even thaugh i think he could be just 175cm he does look 176.5cm in the peak above With statham who i met
Czech said on 12/Jan/13
Most sources say around 175 cm.
Chunkamonk said on 8/Jan/13
5'9.5 doesn't really fit him, probably in shoes. In his early days, he looked a weak 175. Now 173,5.
said on 5/Jan/13
I doubt that he ever was 177cm/5'9.5. He is similar to J.Norris height (peak 5'8.5) just slightly taller. Watch this video (@0:52 Jean wearing dress shoes(?), chuck in sneakers):
Pictures of them both standing side by side seems to be pretty rare. Norris appears to be similar, sometimes taller on them, probably wearing cowboy boots to be fair.
175cm/5'9 for Jean.
Jack said on 1/Jan/13
He was wearing slippers while his mother measured him against the wall on the Itv4 show (they don't show what the measurement tape actually shows), but if accurate then without the slippers he is about 176 cm tall (5.9"5), not that it really matters as he is an exceptional talent.
Elijah said on 30/Dec/12
@Silken, what the hell? That 5.83333 number that you got is in fractions of a full feet which nobody uses for their height, not the feet and inches that people actually report their height in.
If you want to convert from metric to imperial, you would convert the cm to inches, and then the inches to feet and inches. 178cm is a hair over 70 inches, and 12 inches make a foot, so you get 5 full feet with 60 inches. Then we have 10 inches left over which would make a 178cm person 5 feet and 10 inches, or 5'10"... not 5'8" like you thought.
Dmeyer said on 26/Dec/12
I agree they could have said 178cm or maybe hé is 175cm and thaught 177 would be more credible
Dmeyer said on 25/Dec/12
Brad should get measured by his Mom 5'11.5 by his Mom
Dmeyer said on 25/Dec/12
In other words is 5'9.75-9.8 morning and 5'9 night possible that still makes him 175.3cm night and 177.3cm morning making him tall enaugh to be measured 176.5-176.7cm 1 hour out bed and claim 177
said on 25/Dec/12
Rob i agree With all your listing within 0.25 in , and most Time we agree i trust your estimates since you are an height expert i learned a lot from you , but you had van damme at 175cm for a long Time that was before measured on tv , many celebs who met him in France saw his as about 175cm , hé get described as short in jcvd while 177 is strong average in France and belgium , hé dosnt tower bolo 168 yeung , With régis barefeet hé looks 175cm also With Roger Roger Moore hé dosnt look 177cm , hé defenetly measures 177cm morning but night hé is nearer 175cm , is strong 175cm night possible , since hé looks taller than statham in as many pics as hé looks shorter
[Editor Rob: I'm giving him the measurement with a caution that the measurement could have a margin of error bigger than if any of us measured someone!]