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Average Guess (121 Votes)
Peak: 5ft 9.23in (175.8cm)
Current: 5ft 8.67in (174.4cm)
TheMan said on 30/Aug/05
Van damme is 5,8 spot on even 5,9 is a push.
CelebHeights Editor said on 25/Aug/05
From martial arts group: "Whoever said that Van Damme was 6'2 is smoking crack I met the Guy when I was 5'8 and he was shorter than me! Though he was very stocky and defined."
CelebHeights Editor said on 22/Aug/05
He has said also, "I'm 5 foot ten and a half" in an NBC interview.
cantstop25 said on 27/Jul/05
"Did you see Van Damme in that episode of "Friends." He appears to be about 3" shorter, than Matt LeBlanc, whose about 5'10"?"
leblanc wears lifts
tony said on 17/Jul/05
hey guys watch JC's last movie wake of death and his co-star Tony Schiena world karate champion is at least 20cm taller than JC who's in his cowboy boots,i met tony and he's most 188 cm.
GPM said on 12/Jul/05
Did you see Van Damme in that episode of "Friends." He appears to be about 3" shorter, than Matt LeBlanc, whose about 5'10"?
Mike said on 11/Jul/05
5ft9 is correct.
Also Van Damme said it once.
Anshelm said on 10/Jul/05
I've seen a metric height of 176 cm (5'9¼") for him. If rounded up, this would indeed convert to 5'10".
leonari said on 4/Jul/05
Until recently never claimed to be 5'10". Now his best years are behind him so prbably his agents really told him to tell that lie. But he will play in the next ASTERIX movie! Maybe a comeback is in reach for the mussles of brussels! He did some pretty cool stuff back in the late 80's early 90's...He is 5'8" not below , not above!
Bill said on 4/Jul/05
I think it's his agent who is pushing the 5-10 thing to get him better parts, and make more money.
leonari said on 30/Jun/05
Yeah but why is he stating to be 5'10 on his website if he doesn't care about his height anyway???
leonari said on 30/Jun/05
RAJ what do you mean he is 5'8" on "CHUCKS". What does this word stand fdo you mean he is 5'8 with or without shoes on? Or does it mean on the makr than we are on the same page. I always said he is 5'8 but on his official website he claims to be 5'10"...Confusing
Bill said on 30/Jun/05
yes he says he's 5-10(5-8 tops)but has never claimed to be tall, in fact he keeps on saying that he isn't tall.
leonari said on 30/Jun/05
RAJ apparently you haven't seen to many JCVD movies and you have no clue what you are talking about...He is 5'8 thats common knowledge. Always pulls his pants way above waist line to give the impression he has long legs...
leonari said on 29/Jun/05
Bill you seem to have no clue what you are talking about...he claims to be 5'10 when is nothing more than 5'8" max on a good day after 11 hours of sleep!
Surge said on 29/Jun/05
I was standing next to JCVD at a afterparty during the Cannes moviefestival and I can assure you that he is 170 when wearing shoes, I'm 175 without shoes.
Mr. R said on 27/Jun/05
Actually Bill, JCVD has always claimed to be 5-10, which seems to be at least 2 inches higher than reality. Of course, there is the famous story when he was a guest on the late show, and his people asked 6-5 Craig Kilborn to stay seated when Jean-Claude came out, so that he would not completely dwarf him. Kilborn's people refused, and I guess JCVD came out anyway!
Bill said on 27/Jun/05
I don't think that JCVD has ever pretended to be taller than he is, he did say that he liked Kyle Minogue in street fighter because she nade himn look tall
MikeyD said on 25/Jun/05
I have never met JC, but I have seen a lot of his movies. I am about the same height and frame as JC. I'm muscular 5'8", which tends to make me look even shorter. JC could be 5'9" but I would not think he is any taller than that. I think he's a few inches shorter than Matt Damon. If JC was 6'3", do you really think he would be as famous? I doubt it. God made JC the height he is to be one thing only, Jean Claude Van Damme the action hero mega star. The ladies surely aren't complaining that he's short. "I just want to eat" (Universal Soldier)
leonari said on 19/Jun/05
I have been a huge Van Damme fan ...in is prime not now...I don't know ROB but as far as I remember many sites(except his personal one) state that he is your height so 5'8 which I think is correct. People arround this hight who are as buff, wide and muscular as Van damme tend to look a lot shorter than they really are. I think he is 5'8 on the mark cause even in some of his movies he doesn't look to bequite average. Here are sites who have him at 5'8: http://www.celebritywonder.com/html/jeanclaudevandamme.html
J. said on 19/Jun/05
The Getty/Corbis/Wire aren't as obviously altered but I still don't think they think that they are the true and exact image of an event or person. The photographers use all kind of tricks (this I how for a fact since I've been one) and it quite easy to make someone look shorter/taller/bigger/smaller/skinnier/fatter. A lot of the celebs who I have met who were quite diminutive usually look bigger in those getty/corbis/wire photos so no those sources are not the end-all, say-all. In the end, I'll take the word of someone who's met the person rather me sitting on a computer looking at a picture or watching a movie.
said on 18/Jun/05
Whoever is totally right. Pictures don't mean s***. They're too easy to manipulate. But again, as I said in an earlier post, people's celebrity complex won't allow them to believe how small a lot of their favorite famous people are.[Editor Rob: I let that '5ft 4' comment through because it is totally prepostorous. I know in the past van damme has worn some cowboy boots, but for instance Van Damme and Tyson. Movie publicity and Posters are most likely those that can be manipulated, but photographic agencies like getty/corbis/wire won't manipulate photos to make stars taller/shorter.]
tony said on 28/May/05
well about a year ago i watched one of las vegas episodes and jc was about 5cm shorter than James Caan and you have James listed as 5'9,so which one is right?i'm originally from bulgaria and when jc was shooting his movie derailed in sofia,bulgaria i met him in a club,i'm 176cm and he was about 3cm shorter and besides he was wearing his favorite cowboy boots!!!
[Editor Rob: hmm, maybe the Van is damn shorter than we all think. Caan truly does not look above 176 in the last 5 years unless he's wearing special shoes.]
Smoke said on 18/Apr/05
Well the way you wrote it, it wasn't exactly the easiest text to understand. But I get the fact that you're bringing about possible incorrect theories for calculating height. However, there was no need to accuse me of any wrong doing in your original post. "If you'd done the math, you would've seen where you got it wrong.", now where and what did I get wrong?
Raz said on 17/Apr/05
Listen, nothing was wrong with my calculation. You simply didn't understand what I wrote.
Using the incorrect conversions 30 cm/foot and 2.5 cm/inch, you get 172.5 cm from 5'9".
Using the correct conversions 30.48 cm/foot and 2.54 cm/inch, you get 175 cm from 5'9".
Was that so hard?
Raz said on 16/Apr/05
No, you simply misunderstood. Sorry for being unclear.
If you'd done the math, you would've seen where you got it wrong.
If someone uses the wrong conversions (30/2.5 instead of 30.48/2.54), they get 172.5, but the actual, correct, conversion would be 175 (and a bit). That's what I meant.
I know my units, I promise! :-D
Smoke said on 16/Apr/05
Raz something isn't right in your calculations, this could explain your being off on the Williams' sisters heights. 2.54*69 inches=175.26 cm, so 5'9" is indeed 175 cm, 5'8"=172.72 cm.
Raz said on 16/Apr/05
Yeah, the most common mistake is to use 30 cm for a foot, and 2.5 cm for an inch.
(Correct would be 30.48 cm and 2.54 cm, respectively...)
For someone actually 5'9", that would convert to only 172.5 cm instead of 175.
Smoke said on 15/Apr/05
Yeah I agree, but the only country in the world where people technically should use feet and inches instead of metres is the U.S! Here in Canada most everythig is listed primarily in the metric system, so if someone asks me my height or weight, I usually say 185 cm and 80 kg, and only if they don't have a clue what I'm talking about, will I say that I'm 6'1" and 175 lbs. I think either way, we're all best off knowing both, and that's something people in Canada particularly are used to having to do.
Smoke said on 15/Apr/05
Ah, yes he was off by an inch, but we do not know for sure of his awereness of actually being an inch smaller. Some people may not be as aware of accurate heights as many of the posters on this site are, but I'll agree that most of Hollywood probably does knowingly lie about height, weight, measurements, and probably a whole bunch of other things as well. However we can't read minds, and we truely can't know for sure who is trying to be honest and who is knowingly lying. BTW...Many Europeans can actually confuse inches as they may not be fully aware of properly converting cms to inches, Van Damme may think 175 cm is 5'10" and not 5'9".
[Editor Rob: the conversion thing does get screwed up, I notice it on many sites. It's a common mistake, but I don't think we'll ever drop describing people in feet and inches. There's something about being a 6 footer that sounds a helluva lot better than a 183er ;-) Not that I'm in that club...]
Mr. R said on 14/Apr/05
Smoke, your estimate proves my point. JCVD has been saying he is 5-10 for years, but you believe him to be 5-9, which is near my estimate. I do not believe that we can trust anyone's account of their height be it Hollywood, or be it athletics. That's why we need personal accounts or estimated deductions from photographs. As I said before, some people lie, and some people don't.
Smoke said on 13/Apr/05
I really think he's a solid 5'9", and Mr. R, why can't we take his word for it? I don't see why JCVD should be trusted any less than any other celeb! Here he is with 5'11" (my estimate for his height) Jerry Springer.
Sohrab said on 13/Apr/05
i see. van damme is seen like 174-175. it can be true. no suspect!!!
Mr. R said on 12/Apr/05
I have seen both 5-8 and 5-9. Certainly we can't take his word for it. Looking at his films and co-stars, I think that he is just below 5-9. What seals it for me is the film with Dolph Lungren. No way does JCVD look 5-10.
Smoke said on 11/Apr/05
Of course it's well documented that he was cut loose from his role as the title character in Predator because it just wasn't believable that the monster would be smaller than everyone else in the cast. In reality though, "The Muscles from Brussels" isn't that much shorter than his commonly advertised height of 5'10". Short or tall, he's my favorite action star of all time and a great success story at that.
[Editor Rob: yeah I think I've still got an old betamax tapes of Cyborg and Kickboxer in my loft. From recollection I remember one of the fantasy mags mentioned that predator thing and said he was 5ft 8, but he really looks close to 176]
Matt said on 24/Mar/05
Van Damme is 5'9", 180 lbs. He bulked up for the climax of Kickboxer where he fought Tong Po and weighed 210 lbs at the time. He had some cocaine problems and lost ALOT of weight, dropping to like 175 lbs. His height has remained about 5'9".
cantstop25 said on 6/Feb/05
also in the replicant they have him listed at 5'11". However i am sure that is stretching it.
cantstop342 said on 31/Jan/05
in that pic van damme is kind of bending over and looking down at the other guy. and the other guy is standing all upright. i say van damme is aleast 5'9"