The Giant

At the age of 12, André Roussimoff was 6′ 3″ and weighed 240 pounds.

At age 17, he began wrestling professionally in Paris, France and was given the name “Le Géant Ferré.”

He moved to Montreal, Canada where his wrestling legend grew.

Vince McMahon, Sr. billed him as the large, immovable monster: “André the Giant.”

He made his American WWWF debute in 1973 defeating Buddy Wolfe in Madison Square Garden.

In 1976 he scored the under-card for a televised Muhammad Ali fight. The Giant stole the show throwing professional boxer Chuck Wepner over the top rope and outside the ring.

Throughout the decades, rivals included: Killer Khan, Big John Studd, Bobby The Brain Heenan, King Kong Bundy, Ken Patera, Bam Bam Bigelow, Macho Man Randy Savage, Jake The Snake Roberts, Mr. Perfect, and Hulk Hogan.

In addition to cementing wrestling (& Wrestlemania) into an American pastime, Andre honed his acting skills with roles in, most notably, The Princess Bride, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Greatest American Hero, BJ and the Bear, The Fall Guy, and Conan the Destroyer.

On January 27, 1993, at the age of 46, the beloved Giant died in his sleep of congestive heart failure.

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