Happy Birthday! Jean-Claude Van Damme Turns 55 Today

Happy birthday, Jean-Claude Van Damme! The actor and martial arts expert is celebrating his 55th birthday today.

Van Damme has starred in almost 60 movies and television series with his most recent, Kickboxer: Vengeance, arriving in 2016. The bodybuilder is best known for his roles in Universal Soldier, Blood Sport, Double Impact, and Kickboxer. He also did some voice work for Kung Fu Panda 2 and appeared the action star stacker Expendables 2.

Prior to his rise to action-hero fame, Van Damme took up martial arts at the age of ten and ballet at sixteen. His first acting appearance came in the 1984 film, Monaco Forever.

Happy birthday, Jean-Claude Van Damme! Hope it kicks butt!