Andre The Giant

The Eighth Wonder of the World, Andre The Giant!

The Eighth Wonder Of The World

The Eighth Wonder Of The World Andre The Giant

André René Roussimoff was a French Professional Wrestler best know to the world as “The Eighth Wonder of the World”.

The Giant famously feuded with  Hulk Hogan, culminating at WrestleMania III in 1987. Andre’s best-remembered film role was that of Fezzik, the giant in The Princess Bride.

In the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now known as WWE), Roussimoff was a one-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion and a one-time WWF Tag Team Champion. In 1993, he was the first wrestler to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.

Andre Rene Roussimoff

Andre The Giants Real Name Was Andre Rene Roussimoff. He was born on May 19, 1946, in Grenoble, France. One of five siblings, Roussimoff left his family’s small farm at age fourteen. After training with the French wrestling champion Frank Valois, he wrestled in Montreal under the name Jean Ferre and in Japan as “Monster Roussimoff.” He became known for his baby face and intimidating physique, and soon proved virtually unbeatable in Canada’s wrestling circuits. In 1973, Roussimoff debuted at Madison Square Garden as “Andre the Giant.”

Andre Suffered From Acromegaly

Andrew suffered from Acromegaly, or “giantism,” a endocrynological disorder that causes the body to secrete excessive amounts of growth hormones and produces continual growth, especially in the head, hands, and feet. He reportedly inherited the disease from his grandfather.

According to Mayo Clinic Acromegaly is a hormonal disorder that develops when your pituitary gland produces too much growth hormone during adulthood. When you have too much growth hormone, your bones increase in size. In childhood, this leads to increased height and is called gigantism. But in adulthood, a change in height doesn’t occur. Instead, the increase in bone size is limited to the bones of your hands, feet and face, and is called acromegaly.

Andre the Giant Acromegaly

The Worlds Most Famous Professional Wrestler

The During the 1970s, Andre wrestled more than 300 days a year and became The World’s Most Famous Professional Wrestler. Though he never lifted weights, he was thought by some to also be the strongest man in the world. He remained dominant into the late 1980s, defeating wrestlers like Big John Studd, King Kong Bundy, and defeated Hulk Hogan for the World Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Title on February 5, 1988. Though his health continued to decline, Andre kept wrestling until shortly before his death. His last match was on December 4, 1992

How Tall Was Andre The Giant?

At his largest, The Giant was probably six feet eleven inches tall, though he was advertised as seven feet four inches. He weighed close to five hundred pounds and was famous for his immense capacity for consuming alcohol and food–it was once estimated that he consumed 7,000 calories a day in alcohol alone.

Andre The Giant’s Shoe Size

According to The Giant himself on the David Letterman Show, Andre wore a size 20 shoe which is an incredibly large shoe size!  Ric Flair claimed in an HBO Documentary Andre The Giant’s Show Size  was 24.

The Rankin Museum of American Heritage, in Ellebre, North Carolina has a pair of Andre’s wrestling boots that claim they are a size 26.

Andre the Giants size 26 shoe

Andre’s Unofficial Beer Drinking Record

Andre The Giant drinking stories are arguably even more legendary than his accomplishments as a wrestler. The Giant had an incredible tolerance for alcohol, and seemingly everyone in the professional wrestling world seems to have an Andrew Beer Drinking Story.

On an episode of WWE’s Legends of Wrestling, Mike Graham confirmed he witnessed Andre consume 156 beers (in 16-ounce cans) in one night.  That’s 1,872 ounces, or 14.6 gallons of beer. The average human stomach can typically hold about a liter.

Incredibly, this is 39 more beers than what Andre himself admitted to drinking when he appeared on David Letterman in 1984. 

the Giant Holding Beer Can

André holds a 12-oz can of Molsons Beer. He is positioned next to the photographer in the wrestler’s own cafe. It was shot for a 1981 issue of Sports Ilustrated. (Photo: Sports Illustrated Classic/Getty Images)

André holds a 12-oz can of Molsons Beer. He is positioned next to the photographer in the wrestler’s own cafe. It was shot for a 1981 issue of Sports Ilustrated. (Photo: Sports Illustrated Classic/Getty Images)

Fessik The Giant

His phenomenal stature led to a movie role as Fezzik, the gentle giant in Rob Reiner’s 1987 film, The Princess Bride. Roussimoff also appeared in several other films and television shows, but Fezzik remained his most cherished role–he was known to carry a videotape of The Princess Bride with him when he traveled and hold frequent screenings at home and on the road.

Roussimoff, who never married, lived most of the year on a 200-acre ranch in Ellerbe, North Carolina You Can read the Full Andre The Giant Bio at Biography.com

The Eighth Wonder Of The World Andre The Giant

HBO Sports Documentary

 HBO Documentary

From HBO Sports, WWE, JMH Films and Ringer Films comes Andre The Giant, a documentary examining the life and career of one of the most beloved legends in WWE history. The ambitious, wide-ranging film explores Andre’s upbringing in France, his celebrated WWE career and his forays into the entertainment world. It includes interviews with Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Billy Crystal, Rob Reiner, family members and more.

Emmy-winning Executive Producer Bill Simmons, who joined HBO in 2015 and founded sports and culture publication The Ringer, describes Andre as “the ultimate unicorn” and “a true legend.”

“Everyone who ever crossed paths with him has an Andre story — and usually four or five,” says Simmons. “I’m delighted to join forces with [director] Jason Hehir and WWE so we can capture Andre’s amazing story once and for all.”

Andre The Giant’s Death

Roussimoff died at age 46 of congestive heart failure in his sleep at a Paris hotel in the morning of Thursday 28 January 1993. He went to play cards with some friends on the night of Wednesday 27 January. He came back to his hotel room around 1 A.M. CET on 28 January.

Andre’s death is often incorrectly listed as January 27). He died from congestive heart failure.

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Andre The Giant Statue

At 7’4″ and 500 pounds, Andre the Giant could have been famous for his size alone. His drive, talent and ambition, however, proved to be as big as Andre himself, and the wrestler became legendary for his achievements in and out of the ring.

Andre was born Andre Rene Roussimoff in Grenoble, France on May 19, 1946. His parents, Boris and Marian Roussimoff, and four siblings were of average size. Andre, however, suffered from acromegaly, a disease that results in an over abundance of growth hormones. Also known as Giantism, this disease caused Andre’s body to continue growing his whole life, and by the time he was 17 he stood 6’7″.

Due to his immense stature it seemed inevitable that Andre would excel in the wrestling world. He had just started to make a name for himself in the ring as “Monster Eiffel Tower” or “Monster Roussimoff” when French-Canadian wrestler Edouard Carpentier first laid eyes on him. Carpentier was impressed with Andre’s raw talent and decided to bring him to North America…

 

A Deeper Dive into Andre The Giant

André the Giant, born André René Roussimoff on May 19, 1946, in Grenoble, France, was a legendary professional wrestler and actor known for his extraordinary size, which was due to acromegaly, a condition resulting from an excess of growth hormone that causes disproportionate growth. Standing at around 7 feet 4 inches tall and weighing over 500 pounds at his peak, André became one of the most recognizable figures in the world of professional wrestling.

Wrestling Career

André’s wrestling career spanned over two decades, during which he became an international star. He began wrestling in Europe and Japan before becoming a fixture in North American wrestling promotions. André the Giant’s fame skyrocketed in the 1970s and 1980s with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE), where he became known as “The Eighth Wonder of the World.”

His size and gentle demeanor, contrasted with the spectacle of his matches, made him a beloved figure among wrestling fans. André was known for his feuds and matches with other wrestling legends such as Hulk Hogan, with their most iconic encounter being the main event of WrestleMania III in 1987. This event is one of the most famous matches in professional wrestling history, where Hogan famously body-slammed André, handing him his first televised singles match defeat in the WWF, solidifying Hogan’s place in wrestling history.

Life Outside the Ring

Despite his imposing figure, André was known for his kindness and gentle nature outside the ring. However, he also faced challenges due to his size, including health issues and difficulties with everyday tasks and travel.

Acting Career

André also pursued an acting career, with his most beloved role being Fezzik, the gentle giant in the 1987 film “The Princess Bride.” His performance in this film endeared him to a wider audience beyond wrestling fans, showcasing his natural charm and wit.

Legacy

André the Giant passed away on January 27, 1993, in Paris, France, from congestive heart failure. He was the inaugural inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1993, cementing his legacy as one of the most influential figures in professional wrestling.

André’s life and career have been celebrated in various forms of media, including documentaries and biographies, highlighting his contributions to the world of entertainment and sports. His legend continues to inspire and captivate fans around the world, ensuring that the legacy of André the Giant remains larger than life.