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Thursday, September 09, 2004

Andre "The Giant"

Andre was born on May 19,1946 in Grenoble, France. His birth name is Andre Rene Roussimoff.

Andre suffered from acromegaly, a disease that results in an over abundance of growth hormones. Causing Andre to reach 7’4” and 500 pounds at adulthood. Andre’s parents and 4 siblings were normal size.

Andre had just started to make a name for himself in the squared circle. Under the names “Monster Eiffel Tower” or “Monster Roussimoff.” When French Canadian wrestler Edouard Carpentier, saw Andre he was impressed with his talent and ability. Edouard decided to bring Andre to North America with him.

Andre went on the get the nickname “The 8th Wonder of the World.” Vince McMahon Sr. would be the one to change Andre’s life forever. He would sign Andre to WWWF in 1972. He would also change Andre’s ring persona to Andre “The Giant.”

Andre would go on to be featured in Sports Illustrated’s largest publication ever published.

Andre drew the biggest crowd in WWF history to date. An amazing 90,000 fans packed the Pontiac Silver Dome in Detroit, Michigan. To watch Hulk Hogan battle Andre at Wrestlemania 3 in the main event. To which Andre ended up losing the match. When Hogan pulled off an amazing bodyslam. Hogan was the first wrestler to be able to do it and he shocked the nation by doing it!

Andre would end up wrestling in 6 Wrestlemanias.

He would go on for many years being know as the “Uncrowned Champion.” Until he won the WWF title. He would hold it for the shortest length in wrestling history. He would also win title in NWA, IWA, and the WWF tag team title.

Along with Andre’s wrestling career, he would also do some acting. His acting debut was as “Bigfoot” in the Six Million Dollar Man. His most know role is as “Fezzik” in the Princess Bride.

Do to Andre’s incredible size it took it’s toll on his heart. Sadly Andre passed away on January 27,1993. In a hotel room in Paris, France. He would be cremated and ashes would be spread over his North Carolina Ranch.

Andre will always be remembered by anyone who his life touched. Andre really made an impact on the wrestling world!


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