Action Star Has No Time to Build
JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME, who is shooting the adventure-spy film “The Colony” with Dennis Rodman and Mickey Rourke, has put on the market the Beverly Hills lot where he had planned to build a house. He has price the lot at $2 million.
Van Damme expects to spend more time in Europe and live only part time in Los Angeles, so it doesn’t make sense for him to build a large house here, a source said.
His next movie, “Bloodstone,” is scheduled to start filming this winter in Nice, France; Toronto; and New York. “The Colony,” which is being shot in France and Greece, is due to be released next spring.
Van Damme stars in the action-adventure “Maximum Risk,” released in September, and he starred and made his directing debut in “The Quest,” out earlier this year.
Known as “The Muscles From Brussels,” the former European karate champion started appearing in action films in the ‘80s and is said to make $10 million a picture.
He is 36 and has three children. His fourth wife sued him for divorce last June.
The family was living in the San Fernando Valley when he bought the one-acre lot with city views in 1994 from Thomas Pollock, then chairman of the motion-picture group at MCA Inc. In August, Pollock was named chairman of the American Film Institute.
The lot was also owned at one time by media tycoon David Geffen, who had planned to build there but then bought late movie mogul Jack Warner’s Beverly Hills estate for $47.5 million, sources say.
Jana Jones and Judy Hanauer share the listing at the Prudential-Jon Douglas Co., Beverly Hills.
NANA VISITOR, in her fourth season playing Major Kira Nerys on the sci-fi adventure series “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” and Alexander Siddig, who plays Dr. Julian Bashir on the show, have purchased a four-bedroom Los Feliz house for about $650,000, sources say.
Visitor, 39, has appeared in a number of TV shows since the mid-1980s and had a regular role in the 1990 sitcom “Working Girl,” with Sandra Bullock in the lead.
Siddig, in his early 30s, also has been on the syndicated sci-fi series since it began.
The couple had a son in September. Visitor’s pregnancy was written into the show, with her character becoming a surrogate mother for a crew mate. The attending doctor was Bashir.
Visitor also has a 4-year-old son from her marriage to actor-dancer Nick Miscusi.
Built in 1928, the Mediterranean-style three-story house that Visitor and Siddig bought has a gym-guest room in about 3,300 square feet. It also has a pool and spa.
Visitor’s former home, a walled and gated Spanish-style house with four bedrooms in 2,700 square feet, was listed at just under $500,000. Located in the Sunset Strip area, that house was also built in the 1920s but has been completely refurbished.
Visitor and Siddig were represented in their purchase by Nick Segal and Bernie Katz, both of Dalton, Brown & Long, Sunset Strip. Visitor’s former home is listed with the same Realtors.
GENA LEE NOLIN, who plays Neely Capshaw on the NBC show “Baywatch,” and her husband, video producer Greg Fahlman, have bought a $500,000 house in Laurel Canyon, sources say.
Nolin, 24, is in her second season on “Baywatch.” She previously appeared on “The Young and the Restless” and was a model on “The Price Is Right.”
Built in 1990, the Hollywood Hills home has five bedrooms in 3,600 square feet. It had been listed by Margaret Montante and Dave Henke, both of Fred Sands’ Hollywood Hills office.
TOBE HOOPER, director of the cult classic “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974), “Poltergeist” (1982) and of the new NBC series “Dark Skies,” has sold his Benedict Canyon home of 14 years for $685,000, sources say.
Hooper, in his late 40s, is leasing in Sherman Oaks while looking for a larger house, a source said.
The 3,000-square-foot house that he sold has a screening room, two bedrooms and maid’s quarters. Among the comments on the $699,000 listing: “Seller is a cigar smoker.”
The buyers were described as a couple in their 20s who own a clothing manufacturing company.
Ron Holliman of the Prudential-Jon Douglas Co., Beverly Hills, had the listing, and Rena Aminpour of Celebrity Properties, Beverly Hills, represented the buyers.