Bodybuilder whose action movies included Kickboxer, Cyborg, and Bloodsport. He also appeared in Universal Soldier, Sudden Death, and The Expendables 2.
He studied martial arts at the age ten and ballet at age sixteen. He made his debut as Gay Karate Man in the 1984 film Monaco Forever.
He became well known for his role in the martial arts film Double Impact. He appeared as himself in an episode of the series Friends.
Two of his children, Bianca Bree and Kristopher Van Varenberg, followed his career path by becoming actors. He married his fourth wife, Gladys Portugues, in 1987 and again in 1999. He also has a son named Nicholas Van Varenberg.
He starred in Timecop with Mia Sara.