André the Giant biography and facts

Wrestler from France

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, André was the inaugural 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. None of these brought  ( Wikipedia )

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Personal facts

Known as
Andre Rousimmoff,Andre Rousimoff,Monster Roussimoff,"The Eighth Wonder of the World","(The) Boss",The Giant,The 8th Wonder of the World,Giant Machine,The French Giant,Géant Ferré,The Gentle Giant,Andre the Giant,Jean Ferré,André Roussimoff,Monster Eiffel
Date of birth
1946-05-19
Place of birth
Grenoble
Nationality
France
Parents
Marian Rouismoff, Boris
Spouse(s)
Jean Christiansen
Children
Robin Christiansen
Profession
Wrestler, Actor

Employment

Company Job title From To
World Wrestling Entertainment 1979 1993

Performances

Year Performance Character
1989 WWE: Survivor Series 1989
1988 WWE: Survivor Series 1988
1987 The Princess Bride Fezzik
1986 The Big Event Giant Machine
1984 Conan the Destroyer Dagoth, the Horned God
1984 Micki + Maude

Death

Date of death
1993-01-27
Cause of death
Myocardial infarction,Heart failure,Gigantism
Place of death
Paris

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