How tall is Jean Claude Van Damme

Jean Claude Van Damme's Height

5ft 8 ½ (174 cm)

Peak height was 5ft 9 (175.3 cm)
Belgian actor and martial artist best known for starring in Universal Soldier, Kickboxer, Timecop, Cyborg, Bloodsport, Hard Target and The Expendables 2. In a 2001 video he said "Five-Nine".
[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.

How tall is Jean Claude Van Damme
Dolph Lundgren, Jason Statham and Van Damme
Photo by PR Photos
[Van Damme] was the original Predator until we realized the Predator couldn’t be 5-foot-6; he actually needed to be of greater stature.
--Producer John Davis

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Average Guess (93 Votes)
Peak: 5ft 9.29in (176cm)
Current: 5ft 8.75in (174.6cm)
Littlelee168cm said on 21/Nov/18
Is he wearing lifts in the photo above with Jason as he looks taller than statham here?
Editor Rob
I don't think he would wear them...maybe he had better posture.
vaux said on 10/Nov/18
Strong 5'9, don't see him being any less
Lapinux said on 24/Sep/18
After seeing him next to Richard Blackwood, over 5'9" seems unlikely. He was only 40 and still 100% peak. I think his agent used to push him to claim 5'10". He never looked it really.
Frank R said on 3/Sep/18
An April 1995 GQ magazine article described Van Damme as being “about 5’9”. He was 34 back then, so 5’9” to 5’9.5” would be a good estimate for his peak height. If he was actually 5’9.5” at any earlier point in his life, then this would explain why he described himself as 5’10” in the 1980s.
Barry Fl said on 31/Aug/18
(BH said on 26/Aug/18
Van damme does a lot of live videos on his Facebook and looks very average in height he also has lost a lot of muscle mass since his hey day, very gaunt face no traps and skinny neck he looks no more that 11 1/2 stone still has good arms. I'd say he's 5"8 and he has aged very bad in the face considering he was good looking guy in the 1990s)


I think the drugs took their toll there, added to which JCVD is a smoker and a drinker, and suffers from manic depression. He's said many times himself that even when his body is in shape his face now looks old and rough. He's always had a fairly small frame, and this stops him from looking short (though when he's around much bigger guys he can look tiny).
BH said on 26/Aug/18
Van damme does a lot of live videos on his Facebook and looks very average in height he also has lost a lot of muscle mass since his hey day, very gaunt face no traps and skinny neck he looks no more that 11 1/2 stone still has good arms. I'd say he's 5"8 and he has aged very bad in the face considering he was good looking guy in the 1990s
Barry Fl said on 23/Aug/18
On the Van Damme video, Blackwood looked well over 6 foot to me. I was quite surprised when I looked up his height afterwards. Just goes to show the difference in height can often look far greater than it is. I sometimes think I look really short on photographs with friends who are over 6 foot (I'm 5'10).
Lapinux said on 14/Aug/18
Actually Blackwood looks very close to other 5'11.5" celebs listed here.
Lapinux said on 13/Aug/18
Well I'm not sure how tall Blackwood is, he is just listed 5'11" on Google which might be wrong obviously.
Editor Rob
Blackwood had 6 foot on his Spotlight page, but I don't know if he ever really was that tall...certainly could seem near 3 inches over van damme.
Dmeyer said on 11/Aug/18
If blackwood IS 5'11 then jcvd IS 5'8
Shane minton said on 4/Aug/18
Only celebrity I've ever met at an event in Derby about 8 yrs I'm a measured 175 .4 was looking directly eye to eye 175 cms I would say . Def 1 cm taller than stathom
Michael said on 25/Jul/18
He looks a little lean. He need to fill up more by having more beef burgers, fries and mashed potatoes.
MAD SAM said on 21/Jul/18
Still looks 5’9” without shoes, I guess his peak was 5’9.5” at 176.5 cm and currently he’s 5’8.75” at 174.5 cm
Lapinux said on 19/Jul/18
Size 9 shoe is average in the US and UK just like 5'9"
Barry Fl said on 19/Jul/18
@Rising
I didn't mean 9 was especially small, more that I suspect his feet may actually be smaller than he said. But you're right - he has good proportions generally - an athletic structure and long limbs.
Rising - 174 cm said on 15/Jul/18
@Barry Fl: Well, I'm about size 9 as well depending on the shoe, which I think is pretty normal for my size or Van Damme's size. JCVD does have proportionately long legs, though, which is probably part of why he can look taller on screen. At Van Damme admitting he's 5'9" should slow down the requests for Rob to upgrade him.
Barry Fl said on 15/Jul/18
@Rising

Thanks! I've always thought Van Damme looks to have surprisingly small feet (and hands). But that's a whole other discussion - Celeb Shoe Size!
tree said on 14/Jul/18
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!"

Why would anyobdy think he is tall?
When i was a little kid ,i imagined him as being around 5ft10,never imagined he is a tall guy.
Barry Fl said on 13/Jul/18
Richard Blackwood was only 5'11? Blimey. On the video with JCVD he looked well over 6 foot. There was indeed quite a difference between the two men.
Rising - 174 cm said on 12/Jul/18
@Barry Fl: Good find. Here it is with a timestamp: Click Here He also mentions being a size 9 shoe. Credit to JCVD for being more honest this time. I had actually thought the exact way Blackwood asked might be a good way to get a more honest claim while the opposite approach such as Howard Stern asking Wesley Snipes if he was 6'1" emboldened Snipes to claim 5'11".
Lapinux said on 12/Jul/18
Rob add Van Damme's 5'9" claim from 2001 in this video. First time I've heard him claim 5'9". Go to 6:20 Click Here

Either way I would rule out anything near 5'10" for peak Van Damme, and there is at least 2 inches between him and 5'11" Richard Blackwood
Editor Rob
I'll mention at the top 5ft 9 as I think that is probably his most reasonable admission, he didn't seem to like being thought of as 5ft 8.
He did seem like he'd be 3 inches smaller than Blackwood.
Barry Fl said on 12/Jul/18
There's a long interview with JCVD and Richard Blackwood on Youtube, from around 2000, in which Blackwood confronts Van Damme on his height and says 'you're taller than I expected, people always say you're really short. But you must be 5'8?'. Van Damme kind of agrees, but then pushes for an extra inch and says 'well... 5'9'.
Baris365 said on 9/Jul/18
I think JCVD is 176-177cm.I saw him in a few videos with MMA star Georges St Pierre on barefoot they seems in same height. For example in this video: Click Here
GSP is 177.8 according to your site. And i think the 176-177 range is quite proper for JCVD.
Rising - 174 cm said on 7/Jul/18
@Gracian: They'll minimize height differences in movie promo posters, especially with a shorter star. One of the reasons this site is successful is because stars aren't always the height they look on screen. You have to watch out for camera advantages as well. The person closer to the camera will look taller than he really is. You can briefly see Van Damme walking with Dolph behind the scenes around 21 or 22 seconds into this video: Click Here And you can see the difference when they almost got into a fight at Cannes: Click Here Van Damme has to crane his neck when face to face with Dolph. He was easily 7" shorter. Roger Moore was a solid 6'1" guy in his prime, but may have been shorter by the time of The Quest since he was 67 during filming and 68 when it was released, but he was still a lot taller than Van Damme, though I don't remember the exact difference. I do remember James Remar was about an inch taller and Remar was no more than 177-178 cm range himself.
Gracian said on 7/Jul/18
Rob, please, look again at Van Damme. You said there is a decent chance that he was a little over 5'9". He looked over 5'9" next to Michael Jai White in 1999 in the movie "Universal Soldier: The Return": Click Here
He next to Lundgren in the movie "Universal Soldier" in 1992 also looked over 5'9": Click Here
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Van Damme alongside Roger Moore in the movie "The Quest" in 1996 did not look much shorter than Moore, James Remar also did not look much taller than Van Damme: Click Here Click Here
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Van Damme looked like a good guy 176 cm when he was younger. Rob, will you give him an upgrade to 5'9.25" now?
Editor Rob
I've never ruled out the 9.25 mark
Lapinux said on 29/Jun/18
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Here is the video where Van Damme was measured. Yeah it's very rough. I tried to re-create it with a friend and it gave me 1.4 cm extra height. So it's possible that the 177 cm measurememt was a bit under 176 cm in reality. Obviously I can't confirm anything, but I would estimate it to give at least half an inch in height. However I do think Van Damme was 176 peak personally still.
Rising - 174 cm said on 29/Jun/18
@Leno: Statham is taller than a flat 5'8" and doesn't wear elevators and Stallone wasn't wearing them in ANY of the photos I posted yet you say he looks taller than Van Damme! You can see a really good side angle of the dress shoes both Sly and Van Damme were wearing in the first photo I posted from the Paris premiere showing us neither have elevators and Sly doesn't even have a bigger heel. Here's another photo from that event: Click Here In the Paris press conference/photocall, Sly is wearing Prada Wingtip Platform Shoes, which add about 1.75" to your height and will give him a roughly 2 cm footwear advantage over JCVD, yet he can look as much as 3 cm taller at that event. Here's two more photos: Click Here Click Here Notice 5'11.5" Arnie also looks more than 3" taller than Van Damme, though he is wearing a cowboy-type boot. You can't have Sly at 5'8" and Van Damme at 5'9", it just doesn't add up. Both could have been 5'9" peak and indeed, I wouldn't go any lower than 5'8.75" for either of them during the Expendables 2, but Van Damme does look to have lost some height since then, just like Stallone looks to have lost at least 1 cm the last 4 years putting neither of them over 5'8.5" these days: Click Here Not surprisingly, Van Damme still doesn't look taller than Stallone, even at 71, which shows how both have lost a bit of height. If you want to see what Sly looked like in lifts with Van Damme then look at the Planet Hollywood days: Click Here Van Damme looks a couple of inches shorter there and I think both were even wearing cowboy boots, though Sly must have had lifts in his. Here's JCVD with Wesley Snipes that same day: Click Here Click Here You can see the top of Van Damme's black cowboy boot in the first pic. Either way, it's obvious Stallone is at least as tall as Van Damme and 0% chance he's an inch shorter

Also, here's Norris and Van Damme in the early 90's(1991, iirc): Click Here 1999: Click Here Same height, though Van Damme is raising his eye level. Here's their shoes that day: Click Here Van Damme did not look 3" taller than 5'6" Bolo in Blood Sport either. He was only a few inches taller than 5'5"-5'6" range Regis Philbin in the early 90's as well when both were barefoot. I would say Van Damme was 5'8.75" minimum, even as late as the Expendables 2, but he's not even that tall any more.

Van Damme: 5'9" peak, 5'8.5" current (possibly 1/4" less for both)
Stallone: 5'9" peak, 5'8.5" current (possibly 1/4" less for both)
Norris: 5'8.5" peak, 5'8" current (possibly 1/4" more for peak and 1/4" less now at 78)
Statham: 5'8.5" (possibly 5'8.75" as Rob lists him)
Snipes: 5'8.75" (give or take 1/4")

All of them are extremely close in height. You can't ignore all the evidence or make up things about elevator shoes. The only times elevators were worn in these comparisons were Stallone in the 90's Planet Hollywood photo and probably Norris in a few of the photos, though not necessarily all of them. There's never been any evidence Statham wears elevators and he doesn't even seem to care about his height.
Leno179 said on 28/Jun/18
5'8 Statham and Stallone, even with elevators don't look much taller jcvd, honestly, don't think he is below 5'9. Can damme also doesn't seems to haveost much or any height.
Rising - 174 cm said on 16/Jun/18
@Leno179: It's true Chuck wears lifts, but are you certain he's worn lifts literally every time he's been pictured with Van Damme since 1984? This includes their WCW appearance in '99 when Chuck wore sneakers. And Van Damme does not look taller than Stallone even when Sly wears normal shoes and this was in 2012 when Sly was 66 and Van Damme only 51.

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Here they are at the Paris photocall as well with Sly in roughly 1.75" shoes giving him about 2 cm footwear advantage over JCVD: Click Here Click Here Click Here Click Here As you can see, Van Damme looks at least 2 cm shorter, which makes sense considering how they looked in similar footwear and Rob did not think Sly had an extra lift inside these Prada shoes.

@Jason9009: Anything OVER 5'9" for Van Damme is a joke. I'd say he was around 5'9" flat in his prime, but if he was still at his peak height in 2012 then he may have only been 5'8.75". Nothing less even in 2012 because he was taller than Mario Lopez in 2 separate interviews and likely just edged out Statham, but if you look at Van Damme in his prime with 5'6" Bolo Yeung and 5'6" max Regis(both in bare feet) he doesn't seem that much taller, especially with Bolo. He certainly wasn't much, if any taller than Chuck Norris as well. Now at 57, Van Damme looks somewhere in the 5'8"-5'8.5" range, but nothing more. He had proportionately long legs for his height so he could look taller in movies, especially with boots.
Jason9009 said on 15/Jun/18
@Rising- 174 cm

Anything under 5'9 for peak Van Samme is a joke
Leno179 said on 14/Jun/18
The argument of Chuck, isn't valuable, he is a heavy boot lifts, so he is not the best option to be compared to van damme
Rising - 174 cm said on 12/Jun/18
A 77-78 year old Chuck Norris still looks taller than JCVD! Click Here

In all the times they've been seen together since 1984, Van Damme never looks taller than Chuck: Click Here Similarly, Van Damme has never looked taller than Stallone either from the 90's to the Expendables 2. Sly and Chuck wear lifts, but we've seen Sly without lifts at 66 still looking as tall or slightly taller than Van Damme if anything and who is to say that Chuck has worn lifts literally every time he's been seen with Van Damme for over 30 years, even their WCW appearance when Chuck wore sneakers. Sly and Chuck were both somewhere in the 174-175 cm range so Van Damme was as well and more likely a weak 5'9" peak. He looks closer to 5'8" these days.

Van Damme isn't always taller than Statham either. Depending on the event, one can be slightly taller than the other which suggests to me they're about the same height: Click Here Click Here At the time of the Expendables 2 when he was 50-51, Van Damme would struggle to even hit 5'9". I'd guess Statham at 174 cm so JCVD was possibly 174.5 cm at the time of the Expendables 2.
Leno179 said on 10/Jun/18
I was doing some research, he is always over 5'8 Statham, even Statham using thick soles to lock closer to his 5'10 claim. From that, and other photos I saw, I totally see Van Damme being a strong 5'9 guy at peak, and maybe, a weak one today, even tho I still see him at 176 cm
Leno said on 12/Apr/18
I believe jcvd was 177cm in his peak
JohnnyBgood said on 4/Apr/18
I briefly spoke to Van Damme in an elevator and was standing next to him. We were both wearing driving shoes and I would say he's about 5'5-5'6 in height.
Gracian said on 3/Apr/18
Rob, Van Damme really looks over 5'9" in old photos from Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Roger Moore. Please look at these pictures:
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All this proves that 176 cm peak height for Van Damme will be more just. Please, Rob, give him a quarter-inch upgrade in his prime.
Editor Rob
It's a decent chance Van Damme could have measured a little bit above 5ft 9, at times in 90's he could look a comfortable 5ft 9
Ali183 said on 29/Mar/18
Today a girl from my college showed me a pic of her with him that she took in 2015 and they're exactly the same height. I think hes maximum 172 today
Dmeyer said on 25/Mar/18
Can look anywere 5'8,5-9,5in at Peak , its likely he was never more than 5'8,75 and now 5'8-8,5
Gracian said on 8/Mar/18
I think that peak height Van Damme was higher than peak height Stallone. Here are pictures of Van Damme with Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson: Click Here Click Here Rob, could you give Van Damme an upgrade at least until 5'9.25"? I believe the guy was 176 cm tall.
Realist said on 2/Mar/18
Jason Statham is 5'8 even and Lundgren is looking 6'1 :)
Anonymos said on 13/Feb/18
I met Vandamme in person, he is about 170, I might be wrong but that how he seemed to me
Leno said on 16/Jan/18
I think he is still 175 cm, his peak was probably a weak 5'10 at 177 cm.
JCVD - 5'8 said on 4/Dec/17
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He looks no taller than Floyd who’s barely 5’7. Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and assume Floyds wearing lifts, in which case he still looks no taller than 5’8.
Rising - 174 cm said on 22/Nov/17
JCVD looks about the same as Statham, though I could have seen him edging him by a hair. However, Sly seemed to edge Van Damme in 2012 with both in dress shoes and then with 1.75" Prada shoes, Sly was noticeably taller so Jean-Claude had to be somewhere in the 5'8.5"-5'8.75" range at that time, imo, especially since a 5'11.5" or so Arnold had him by about 3". Van Damme was taller than Mario Lopez in two separate interviews around that time, though, so maybe 5'8.75" more than 5'8.5" at least 5 years ago.
Barry Fl said on 21/Nov/17
Johnson said on 27/Oct/17
Can you put the video where his mother measure him at 1.77?? I would like to watch the clip


If I remember rightly, you couldn't see the measurement on the tape so it didn't really prove anything. You just had the word of JC (and his mum) for it.
Dmeyer said on 20/Nov/17
Overall pics he dosnt look taller than Statham
John Smith said on 13/Nov/17
How can van damme be 5.85 and Jason statham 5.87 while on the picture jcvd looks clearly taĺler
Christian-6'5 3/8 said on 1/Nov/17
@Rampage

I know, it's pretty weird.
Rampage(-_-_-)Clover said on 1/Nov/17
Lundgren looks barely over 6ft in that photo!
Scoobydoo said on 27/Oct/17
A solid 5'10 in peak

Nowadays strong 5'9
Johnson said on 27/Oct/17
@Rob

Can you put the video where his mother measure him at 1.77?? I would like to watch the clip
Editor Rob: I don't have it, but it was called Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors on ITV a few years ago now.

I wouldn't put great faith in the measurement, it looked as rough as a badger's arse.
Alex2401 said on 15/Oct/17
Looks taller than Statham
MisterManletMick said on 20/Sep/17
I'm surprised that he's a roughly my height I thought he was super tall (think close to 7 feet) when I was a kid because of how he towered over Kylie Minogue in the infamous Street Fighter movie ( I thought she was of average height before I discovered she was 4 ft 10 - 5 ft) and probably because of how big Guile is in the game series the movie is based on.

funny how the real world is nothing like what you thought it was when you were younger and how you can't believe everything that you see on television.
Rising - 174 cm said on 10/Sep/17
Good pic, Anonymous. They're about the same height just as I remember since Van Damme has a raised eye level, but Chuck's head is at least as eye, if not higher depending on how much his rug...err hair gives compared to Van Damme. I have to make this quick and go into hiding after that hair crack, but Van Damme has yet to look taller than Chuck in all their appearances together from the set of Missing in Action in 1984 to that WCW appearance in 1999. I know Chuck started wearing elevator boots, but did he have them each and every time he appeared with Van Damme? Did Chuck have lifts in his sneakers in 1999? If Chuck was 5'8.5" peak as both Rob and I think then perhaps Van Damme was really a weak 5'9" guy who peaked around 5'8.75"? He didn't look taller than that at the time of The Expendables 2 and he was a very fit 51 year old so there's a good chance he was still at peak height.
Anonymous said on 1/Sep/17
With Chuck Norris in 1999.
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Rising - 174 cm said on 29/Aug/17
@Canson, I was just using Rob's listings for convenience as it was more impartial than using my own. I'd give Crews 6'2"-6'2.25", but that still makes Dolph minimum 6'3" in 2010 and 2012 as he has a solid 1"-1.5" on him. Even Rob said Dolph was looking about 6'3" range then, but Crews at most 6'2" in comparison. 6'2.5" is arguable for Dolph now, but not in 2012. Even a 191 cm Dolph would have Hasselhoff looking more 6'3.75" there than a full 6'4". But I thought Dolph looked more 191 than 190 recently with Rob's 6'2" friend Big D, who himself made Michael Madsen look short: Click Here so I actually still believe Dolph is about 6'3" when he stands straight. And his posture really isn't good yet he's comfortably taller than Chuck Liddell who Rob has 6'1.5": Click Here He's still looking 6'3" within the last year if Michael Jai White is 184 cm or close to it: Click Here Click Here

Dolph has a proportionately big head even for his peak height, which you can see with Hasselhoff. It's why there's very little distance between the top of their heads in those pictures, so Dolph's head will be even bigger proportionately considering he's lost an inch minimum, probably more. That will make him taller than he appears if you go by eye level. I really do think he's still going to stretch up to or near the 6'3" mark if measured. He's still taller than solid 6'2" Terry Crews these days even with bent knees: Click Here 190 cm is the lowest I'd personally go, but for today as opposed to 5 years ago I think 6'2.5" is within the legitimately arguable range. But I have a current Rock at 6'2.5" and I firmly believe Dolph is still taller these days than Rock is. Both can look shorter with posture.

I almost exclusively judge Dolph by how he looks with other six footers.
Canson said on 28/Aug/17
@Rising: I can agree on some but not sure crews was 6'2.5. Think 6'2" flat maybe a morning 6'2.5. I do agree on Dolph he's 6'4 at his peak and likely 6'2.5 today
Rising - 174 cm said on 26/Aug/17
@Danimal: I've answered this several times, but I'm not sure you always check back enough to see my reply

late 2012 with 6'4" David Hasselhoff
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Another good side by side: Click Here

The difference is very small when Dolph stands decently. Looks 6'3" and change, which I think he still was at that time.

With 6'2.5" Terry Crews in late 2012 at Arnold's book release
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Dolph has Terry by more than an inch as you can see. Same thing 2 years earlier at the Expendables premiere
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There are more pics and even a bit of video from that premiere, which show the same thing. Dolph can look 6'3" or so even more recently, but I concede it's possible he's dropped slightly below it the past 4-5 years. Dolph looks shorter when he slouches like with Conan, but how can you explain him look taller here? I do remember Conan taller in the video, but I'd have to see the video again to see if Dolph even stands decently at any moment. I doubt Conan is even a full 6'4" barefoot, though.
Danimal said on 24/Aug/17
Rising - 174 cm said on 23/Aug/17
I really think 177 cm in 2011 is impossible, just look at my post on 26/Jul/17 to see Van Damme definitely no taller than Sly in 2012 and very possibly a little shorter. If Sly was even 175 cm in 2012 then that would mean JCVD would have to have lost 2 cm in one year for that measurement to be accurate. The photo above makes Dolph look shorter and Van Damme look taller, possibly due to Dolph bending his back and/or the camera.

The photo with Dolph is 5 years old. Dolph was still 6'3" minimum then

How is Dolph minimum 6'3" 5 years ago when 6'4" Conan O'Brien had minimum 1.5" on him back in 2009 (8 years ago)?
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Rising - 174 cm said on 23/Aug/17
I really think 177 cm in 2011 is impossible, just look at my post on 26/Jul/17 to see Van Damme definitely no taller than Sly in 2012 and very possibly a little shorter. If Sly was even 175 cm in 2012 then that would mean JCVD would have to have lost 2 cm in one year for that measurement to be accurate. The photo above makes Dolph look shorter and Van Damme look taller, possibly due to Dolph bending his back and/or the camera.

The photo with Dolph is 5 years old. Dolph was still 6'3" minimum then, but could look shorter in some photos, especially with much shorter men. But here, Dolph with bad posture towers Van Damme and Statham: Click Here Both look under 5'9" there with Dolph, who I'd estimate was 191 cm at the time.

Van Damme may have been 177 cm in shoes. I doubt Van Damme was more than 1 cm max taller than 174 cm Chuck Norris as well since in all of their appearances together, Van Damme has never appeared taller. A LOT of upgrades would be necessary to fit Van Damme at 177 cm. For instance, Dolph could have been near his 6'5.5"-6'6" claims back in 1992: Click Here Click Here

I can also show Arnold had 3" or so on Van Damme in 2012 and Arnold was under 6 feet by this time. The question, imo is whether Van Damme was more 174 or more 175 range peak.
RichardSpain said on 23/Aug/17
Next to Lundgren Van damme seems around 176-177cm (5'10)and with his boots could be a perfect 180cm. (5'11)

And Lundgreen is not less than 189cm barefoot nowadays.

I think Van Damme is a good 176 cm nowadays and he was 177 cm in peak.
loka said on 22/Aug/17
If he was mesured at 177 cm in front of cameras in 2011, i wonder why his peak height is stills debatable there and why this peak height is 175, when he was even taller in 2011.
Editor Rob: to be fair, it wasn't exactly the best measurement.
loka said on 22/Aug/17
Does anybody have this video of this please : "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."
Frank said on 16/Aug/17
I think that Van Damme was 177 cms in his peak, 20s, while now he is 174-175 at 56-57 years.
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Rising - 174 cm said on 28/Jul/17
This is pretty interesting, JCVD and Michael Douglas back in the 90s: Click Here

Unfortunately that's the only picture of the two, but I didn't expect to see them posing together.
RichardSpain said on 27/Jul/17
Editor Rob: Van Damme I think in last few years did succumb to a bit of loss. Given how much he's put into his body and filming movies for 35+ years, it's no real surprise.

Yes Rob!

If you work hard like many bodybuilders and you make dangerous movies like Van Damme and you don't care your healthy you lose height before than normal people.

But I think lose or don't lose height is more important the genetics and the age, how much older is worst but is good have good genetics.

You should see people like Morgan Freeman or Steven Spielberg they are older but have same height that when they were youngers.

Genetics is important too. And to take care oneself! of course
Rising - 174 cm said on 26/Jul/17
Van Damme couldn't have been that tall, imo. Look at him during the Expendables 2 five years ago. He was no taller than Stallone in similar shoes and if anything, Sly may have been slightly taller.

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Hollywood premiere video: Click Here
Footwear for Hollywood premiere: Click Here Click Here

Now I don't know who was taller between Van Damme and Statham then. If I had to choose, I'd say JCVD was maybe 1/4" taller. Both men could have been 5'8.75" at this time, but maybe that was Van Damme's height while Statham is possibly just 174 cm. I agree with Dolph at 190 cm today, but I'd say he was 191 cm during the Expendables 2 five years ago. I pretty much agree with Rob's listings. Somewhere in the 174-175 range. I also believe Van Damme lost 1 cm or so the last few years, but was probably still at or near his peak height during the Expendables 2. Maybe he had lost 1/4" at most by then. I don't believe Statham has ever worn elevator shoes at a premiere either and if Van Damme has, I don't think he is at any of the Expendables events either. I think JCVD has a simple 3 cm dress boot. But whether Van Damme ever was 175 cm, I agree with Rob that he's not over 174 cm today. Just look at him with Jackie Chan in 2014 at the Shanghai Film Festival or with Carl Weathers in 2015 at the Pound of Flesh premiere.
Richardspain said on 25/Jul/17
Rob I see in that picture of "expendables 2 "Jason and Vandamme wear elevator shoes. What do you think about it?

Maybe they are in that photo in the 179/180 zone with their lifts next to Dolph 190cm today and 194 in peak.

Anyway I think Van Damme and Jason are a strong 175cm nowadays barefoot not less.

176cm still in the morning is very plausible to Jason and Van Damme.

Also as you sharing up the page, the actor said "5'10 feet" well, it's important. To me he's honest.

I think he was 177cm in peak and 175/176 nowadays same height than Jason Statham.
Editor Rob: Van Damme I think in last few years did succumb to a bit of loss. Given how much he's put into his body and filming movies for 35+ years, it's no real surprise.
Rising - 174 cm said on 20/Jul/17
Yeah, JCVD wore cowboy boots in the 90s and some kind of boots in most non-tournament action films, perhaps they had him in lifts for some films, but mostly, what you see is what you get with Van Damme. Look at him barefoot with Regis and Kathy Lee. During Expendables 2 he was similar to Statham, possibly a hair taller and similar to Sly with both in dress shoes, perhaps a hair shorter. Similarly, Van Damme was taller than Mario Lopez in not one, but two interviews and you can see when he kicked he didn't have lifts. So I'd say 5'8.75" then. Don't know if he was ever taller than that, but a weak to flat 5'9" can't be far wrong peak. But he's seemed to drop height since Expendables 2 and is looking closer to 5'8" at times.
Hijopotamus said on 1/Jul/17
RichardSpain, this guy has literally walked barefoot thousands if times at karate clinics, MMAA shows etc and even in films and walked on Chuck's no problem. I'm sure he wore lifts at certain events but even on the red carpet we all have seen him doing his spinning kick and believe me, doing that on lifts is a bit dangerous besides difficult.
The ones that wear lifts or tricky shoes ALL THE TIME are Brad Pitt or Stallone or Robert Downey Jr ...
RichardSpain said on 1/Jul/17
he must wears lifts or elevator shoes. To me always looked 177/178cm. I'm surprised.
hunt said on 22/Jun/17
Rob how tall is Milos Milcevic he is barefoot and Van Dam in 1 inch shoes Click Here
With 5ft4.5 Dania Ramirez Click Here
Editor Rob: I've seen Milos described as 6ft 10 in the 80's, but whether he is that big? I am not so sure...
5'11.25 at noon. said on 20/Jun/17
Peak I'm guessing 176cm max nowadays 174 to 174.5cm
berta said on 13/Jun/17
175-176 peak is very likely. I dont think he was any shorter than this listing , by now maybe but he isnt shorter than statham.but statham is this height so i guess its about right. i would say peak 175,6 and now 174,5 something like that.
Jani said on 11/May/17
I would put Van Damme's peak to 176cm but 175cm seems reasonable as well.
Bh said on 7/May/17
How much muscle weight do you think he has lost since the bloodsport and lion heart days?
Johan said on 7/May/17
sam said on 25/Apr/17
Rob, how tall do you think Vincent Kompany looks.

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Editor Rob: he can look close to 8 inches taller.

Kompany is 6'4" I have met him.
Darren510 said on 7/May/17
Here's a link of Van Damme training with Ufc fighter Georges St. Pierre who is listed at 5'10. There is no more than an inch between them.
Jd said on 5/May/17
The answer to JCVDs height in his own words on the Ruby Wax show.I believe around 4:40 is where it is. Click Here
sam said on 25/Apr/17
Rob, how tall do you think Vincent Kompany looks.

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Editor Rob: he can look close to 8 inches taller.
RisingForce said on 25/Apr/17
Such minor details are unimportant, Rob, 5'10.5" in boots you are! Like JCVD, I too am 5'11" in my boots. Is it relevant that they have Cuban heels along with lifts inside? As funny as this is though, JCVD without said boots looked noticeably taller than Mario Lopez who claims the 5'11" without any caveat! Click Here

Actually this all reminds me of Behind the Scenes of Beverly Hills Cop 2 when Brigitte Nielsen got defensive to Eddie Murphy calling Sly 5'9" and said Sly was 5'10"-5'10.5" and then declared he's 6 feet tall with shoes on. The latter statement may have been true, but she left out one important word. "With [elevator] shoes on, he's six feet tall! Actually, come to think of it, so are you when you transform into Big Rob!
RisingForce said on 23/Apr/17
There's a 2000 article you can still find on Google or Google Books that describes Van Damme as five feet ten and "roughly" 175, but quotes him saying "five-eleven in my boots." That's one way to push your claim with a qualifier(see Mark Hamill) I think he tried something similar in a video interview for "Double Team" when he claimed to be "five ten, eleven"
Editor Rob: I measure almost 5ft 10.5 in boots*


*first thing out of bed while wearing 1.6 inch Timberlands.
RisingForce said on 18/Apr/17
GP, he did wear cowboy boots, but I don't think he wore lifts or at least wasn't a chronic lift wearer like Norris still is. I can see JCVD looking 5'8", but no less and I can't tell you what you saw, but I can say that I haven't seen anything to suggest JCVD was any less than 5'8.5" peak, if not 5'9". He could possibly be below 5'8.5" today, though.
GP said on 17/Apr/17
@RisingForce, Van Damme would wear cowboy boots a lot back in the days, nowadays he wears boots a lot too. I can tell you though I have a photo with him and he is barely 5'8", more likely below that.
RisingForce said on 16/Apr/17
Unfortunately, there aren't any better pictures, but here's Van Damme with Carl Weathers in 2015: Click Here Click Here
RisingForce said on 15/Apr/17
JCVD appeared with Chuck Norris on WCW in I believe, the late 90's and they seemed the same height. Chuck actually had sneakers that time, doesn't mean he couldn't have had lifts as well, but it got me thinking, Van Damme has never actually appeared taller than Norris when they're together. From 1984: Click Here and late 80's/early 90's: Click Here If Chuck didn't have lifts each time then is it more likely Chuck is 5'9" or Van Damme was never more than 5'8.5"?
Johnh78 said on 3/Apr/17
I meet JCVD in the mid 1990s in New Orleans. I am 5' 7". He was the same height as I. I believe he wore raised shoes also. Just from what I was told by someone close to him
Vibram said on 1/Apr/17
Peak (1990): 176cm / 84kg
Today (2017): 174.5cm / 82kg
RisingForce said on 23/Mar/17
I agree, Dmeyer. They looked identical with similar dress shoes: Click Here Van Dame would probably be as similar with equal posture as they were at another premiere in dress shoes. Both could have been 174.5 cm or 5'8.75" and now I think more a strong 173 cm range like 5'8.25". Tough to tell because Van Damme can slouch. He still looks in good shape. Solid, but lean 180-185 pounds in the 80's and early 90's looks right.
Dmeyer said on 20/Mar/17
174 for both Sly and van damme by ex2 6 years back Make sens mauve damme was 5 FT 8,75 back then
Keith said on 5/Mar/17
No he's taller than that 5 foot 10 peak
Patrick 5foot9othing said on 20/Feb/17
Why isnt he on 1.77m peak here? I thought he was messured on television lol
Matt179 said on 19/Feb/17
5foo10 185 pounds is a big man.! Look good in Movies and pictures.
Danimal said on 23/Jan/17
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.

And that pic of him in the mug shot was almost certainly taken in shoes. He's closer to 5'8"-5'8.5" barefoot.
berta said on 22/Jan/17
vaan damme looks taller than jason statham because he is stil in 174-175 range and was prob ably strong 175 guy at peak and jason statham is and never was taller than 173,5
Jackie 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!
Pete 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".
Lmeister said on 10/Nov/16
JCVD with GGG Golovkin
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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.
Dmeyer 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.
GP 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.
GP 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 .
Johno said on 30/Aug/16
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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''.
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?
Danimal (176cm-178cm) 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.

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Heylo 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
Lmeister 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?.
Mat 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
Robert Broome 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.

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Princessbride 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
Aaron Zamora 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.
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
@Moises

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
5'8.5
meezemaker 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.

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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
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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"
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 ??
Editor Rob: I might rewatch some early van damme movies again to see how he looked
BH 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...
Dmeyer 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
dmeyer 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.
Lmeister 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.
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anonymous 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.
Lmeister 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):
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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
anonymous 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
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[Editor Rob: jean can look at times in the 5ft 8 range, whether he really is I'm not sure]
anonymous 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.
Click Here
[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.]
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.
Patrick 5foot9 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 :)]
Patrick 5foot9 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?

Click Here
[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.]
Jeff 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
BH 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.
Editor Rob said on 9/Aug/15
This is just a temporary test for the van damme
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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
Peak 177
Today 176
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?
171
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?
Dmeyer 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
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.
Dmeyer said on 2/Feb/15
Click Here , 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.
NNA 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.

Click Here

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.
Dmeyer 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
5'8.5" guy.
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
Dmeyer said on 21/Sep/14
Click Here , 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

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