Belgian actor and martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme is known for his roles in the popular 1980s and 1990s action films including Cyborg, Kickboxer, Lionheart, Death Warrant, Double Impact, Universal Soldier, Nowhere to Run, Hard Target, Street Fighter, and Sudden Death, among others.
Prior to making his acting debut, Jean-Claude was befriended by action martial art movie star Chuck Norris. When not working as a bouncer at a bar owned by Norris, Jean-Claude worked with the stunt team on Norris’s 1984 film Missing in Action. And the rest is Hollywood history.
When Chuck Norris saw the video above, of Jean-Claude celebrating his 61st birthday in a white terrycloth robe in Paris, France, the 81-year-old legendary “Master of Disaster” replied: “Happy birthday my friend.”
Remember Jean-Claude’s Volvo Trucks commercial? And the Chuck Norris spoof?!
P.S. Just days before Jean-Claude’s 61st birthday, Chuck was asked if he could still hit the boxing bag. The 81-year-old replied with the video below: “I gave it a shot and this was the result. It’s been a while but it felt great.”