|Who is it?
|May 19, 1946
|Andre the Giant age
|46 YEARS OLD
|7 ft 4 in (2.24 m)
André the Giant Net North: André the Giant was a French professional wrestler and actor who had a net worth equal to $10 million dollars at the time of his death in 1993 (adjusted for inflation). André René Roussimoff (aka André the Giant) was born May 19, 1946 in Grenoble, France. He is perhaps best remembered for his role as Fezzik, the giant in the film The Princess Bride. His enormous size was a result of gigantism caused by 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. At age 17, Roussimoff moved to Paris and was taught the art of professional wrestling by a local promoter who recognized the earning potential of Roussimoff's size. Roussimoff trained at night and worked as a mover during the day to pay living expenses. Roussimoff was billed as Géant Ferré, taken from the name of a mythical French giant and began wrestling in Paris. His 'finishing moves' were the double underhook suplex, the elbow drop and the sitdown splash. Signature moves were the bearhug, big boot, body slam, chokehold, forehand chop, headbutt, knife-edged chop and multiple turnbuckle thrusts.
André was the inspiration for the 1998 film My Giant, written by his friend Billy Crystal, whom he had met during the filming of The Princess Bride. Other films he appeared in were Conan the Destroyer (as Dagoth) and Micki + Maude. As a child, he displayed symptoms of his gigantism very early, reaching a height of 6'3″ and a weight of 240 pounds by the age of 12. Unable to fit on the school bus, he was driven to school by playwright Samuel Beckett, a neighbor. Roussimoff was a good student, but he dropped out after the 8th grade to work on a farm. He completed an apprenticeship in woodworking and next worked in a factory that manufactured engines for hay balers. None of these vocations brought him satisfaction. André René Roussimoff died in his sleep of congestive heart failure on the night of January 27, 1993 in a Paris hotel room. Ironically, he was in Paris to attend his father's funeral. According to his wishes, André René Roussimoff's body was cremated and his ashes were scattered at his ranch in Ellerbe, North Carolina.