André the Giant Wrestler

André René Roussimoff (19 May 1946 – 27 January 1993), best known as André the Giant, was a French professional wrestler and actor. His best remembered acting role was that of Fezzik, the giant in the film The Princess Bride. His size was a result of acromegaly, and led to him being called "The Eighth Wonder of the World". In the World Wrestling Federation (now known as WWE), Roussimoff was a one-time WWF Champion and a one-time WWF World Tag Team Champion. In 1993, he was the first inductee into the WWF Hall of Fame. André Roussimoff was born in Grenoble, France to parents of Bulgarian and Polish ancestry. As a child, he very early displayed symptoms of his gigantism, reaching a height of 6'3" (190.5 cm) and weight of 240 pounds (110 kg) by age 12. Unable to fit on the school bus, he was driven to school by playwright Samuel Beckett, a friend of his father. Roussimoff was a good student, but he dropped out after the 8th grade since he did not think having a high school education was necessary for a farm laborer. He then worked on a farm, completed an apprenticeship in woodworking, and next worked in a factory that manufactured engines for hay balers.

Personal details

Date of birth
May 19th, 1946
Place of birth
Grenoble
Nationality
France
Date of death
January 27th, 1993 at age of 46
Place of death
Paris, France
Cause of death
Gigantism
Places lived
Ellerbe , North Carolina
pop. 1,028 (2013)

Family

Parents
Children

Employments

Company Founded Positions
WWE
Motion Picture and Video Production
1952
1979 - 1993
Official site
Other people associated with WWE
Organization leader
Announcer

Movie performances

Average rating by genre

GenreNum. of titlesAvg. rating
Adventure27.0
Comedy36.47
Family26.75
Fantasy25.55
Action36.13
Sport26.3

1. Trading Mom (1994)

Comedy, Family, Fantasy
played Giant
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
85.0
Tia Brelis
8 Show list

Trading Mom is a 1994 fantasy/comedy film written and directed by Tia Brelis, based on her mother's book. Starring Sissy Spacek and Anna Chlumsky, it features the final acting role of André the Giant, who died a year before it was released.

Awards

Top cast

Mommy, Mama, Natasha, Mom
Mrs. Cavour
Elizabeth Martin
Jeremy Martin
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

2. The Princess Bride (1987)

Adventure, Comedy, Family
played Fezzik
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
98.0
13 Show list 1 Show list $16M

The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The story is presented in the film as a book being read by a grandfather to his sick grandson, thus effectively preserving the novel's narrative style. This film is number 50 on Bravo's "100 Funniest Movies", number 88 on The American Film Institute's "AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions" list of the 100 greatest film love stories, and 46 in Channel 4's 50 Greatest Comedy Films list. In the United States, The Princess Bride has developed into a cult film.

Awards

1988 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation

Top cast

Vizzini
Buttercup
Westley
Miracle Max
Valerie
Count Rugen
The Ancient Booer
Prince Humperdinck
Grandpa
The Grandson
Inigo Montoya
Clergyman
The Albino
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
Piracy
Phyllis Dalton
The Princess Bride
English
United States of America

3. The Big Event (1986)

Action, Sport
played Giant Machine
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
150.0
7 Show list

The Big Event was a live professional wrestling event produced by the World Wrestling Federation on August 28, 1986, at the Exhibition Stadium in Toronto, Ontario. It drew a crowd of 74,000 fans, which was an outdoor attendance record at the time. This stood as an attendance record for a wrestling show until WrestleMania III. A VHS tape of the event was released later by Coliseum Home Video, with commentary by Gorilla Monsoon, Johnny Valiant and Ernie Ladd.

Awards

Top cast

Captain Lou Albano
Super Machine
King Kong Bundy
King Tonga
Ricky Steamboat
Mr. Fuji
Jimmy Jack Funk
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
Canada

4. Micki & Maude (1984)

Comedy, Romance
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
118.0
Jonathan Reynolds
19 Show list 1 Show list

Micki & Maude is a 1984 comedy film directed by Blake Edwards and starring Dudley Moore. It co-stars Tony-award winning actress and dancer Ann Reinking as Micki and Amy Irving as Maude. With the exception of appearances as herself, as in the documentary Mad Hot Ballroom in 2005, this has been Reinking's last film role as of 2012. The film co-stars Wallace Shawn and includes two small scenes with wrestler André the Giant, where he is introduced by his own name. However, unlike their later roles in The Princess Bride, the two do not have any scenes together.

Awards

1984 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

Top cast

Dr. Elliot Fibel
Hap Ludlow
Wrestling Referee
Maude Salinger
Governor Lanford
Diana Hutchison
Ezra Hutchison
Admissions Clerk
Newscaster #2
Finn
Rob Salinger
Leo Brody
Oliver Cushing III
Nurse Mary Verbeck
Micki Salinger
Barkhas Guillory
Maude's Nurse
Piano Player
Bailiff
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
English
United States of America

5. Conan the Destroyer (1984)

Action, Adventure, Fantasy
played Dagoth, the Horned God
Runtime Producers Directors Writers Top cast Awards Budget Movie on internet
101.0
12 Show list 1 Show list $18M

Conan the Destroyer is a 1984 American sword and sorcery/adventure film directed by Richard Fleischer, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mako Iwamatsu reprising their roles as Conan and Akiro the wizard, respectively. The cast also includes Grace Jones, Wilt Chamberlain, Tracey Walter and Olivia d'Abo. It is the sequel to Conan the Barbarian. The film was moderately successful at the box office in the U.S., and very successful internationally, although critical response was not as strong as for the original film.

Awards

1984 Razzie Award for Worst New Star

Top cast

Man Ape, Toth-Amon
Akiro 'The Wizard'
Village Heavy
Grand Vizier
Queen Taramis
Princess Jehnna
The Leader
Henchman of Queen Taramis
Bombaata
Subjects Music by Cinematographers Costumography Soundtrack Languages Country
John Bloomfield
Conan the Destroyer
English
United States of America

Personal movie appearances

Title Year Appearance type Budget Awards Producers Directors Writers
WWE: Top 50 Superstars of All Time
Action,Sport
2010
The True Story of WrestleMania: Vol. 2
2010
The Rise and Fall of WCW
Action
2009
Giants, Midgets, Heroes & Villains 2
Sport
2007
Born To Controversy: The Roddy Piper Story
Biography
2006 Archive Footage USD 50K
McMahon
Sport
2006 Archive Footage USD 4M
Andre The Giant
Documentary,Action,Sport
2005 Archive Footage
Steven Hecht
The Self-Destruction of The Ultimate Warrior
Documentary
2005 Archive Footage
Lori Calabrese
Steve Cooney
Bret Hit Man" Hart: The Best There Is
Documentary,Biography,Sport
2005 Him/Herself
Michael Calabrese
Best of the VonErichs
2004
Wrestling Gold: Vol. 4: No More Mr. Nice Guy
Action,Sport
2001
I Like to Hurt People
Documentary
1985 Him/Herself

Starring TV roles

1. Saturday Night's Main Event

Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

FOX
NBC
May 11th, 1985 November 14th, 1992 2
Jenny McCarthy
Ranjin Singh
Jake Roberts
English

2. WWF Prime Time Wrestling

Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

USA Network
January 1st, 1985 January 4th, 1993 8 English

3. WCW WorldWide

Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages
Jim Crockett Promotions
World Championship Wrestling
1975 March 21st, 2001 1
Tylene Buck

4. AWA All-Star Wrestling

Action, Sport
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

1960 1990
Alan Stewart
Jake Roberts

5. WWF Wrestling Challenge

Sport
Character Performance type Networks Seasons From To Created by First epizode air date Last epizode air date Num. of seassons Regular cast Languages

September 7th, 1986 1996 1
Jake Roberts

Guest TV appearances

The Six Million Dollar Man

Program genre

Action
Science Fiction
Drama
Adventure Film
Action/Adventure

External resources

The Six Million Dollar Man is an American television series about a former astronaut with bionic implants working for a fictional government office known as OSI. The series is based on the Martin Caidin novel Cyborg, which was the series's proposed title during pre-production. Following three television movies aired in 1973, The Six Million Dollar Man aired on the ABC network as a regular series for five seasons from 1974 to 1978. The title role of Steve Austin was played by Lee Majors, who subsequently became a pop culture icon of the 1970s. A spin-off series, The Bionic Woman, ran from 1976 to 1978. Several television movies featuring both eponymous characters were also produced between 1987 and 1994.
Appearance history
Epizode Air date Role Writer Director
S03-E19 February 4th, 1976
S03-E17 February 1st, 1976 Bigfoot

Wikipedia

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