Andre The Giant is a famous french professional wrestler and actor from Coulommiers, Seine-Et-Marne. Andre rose to the limelight after his association with the ‘World Wrestling Federation.’ Andre died in 1993 due to a heart attack.
Table of Biography
Early Life and Childhood
Andre the Giant was born on 19th May 1946 in Coulommiers, Seine-et-Marne, France. Likewise, the real birth name is André René Roussimoff. He was born to a mixed ethnicity in France. Likewise, he was born to his father Boris Roussimoff, and his mother Mariann Roussimoff. His father was a farmer in his hometown and barely made a living. Further, he has 4 other siblings in his family, two older and two younger. The only known sibling of Andre is Jacques Roussimoff and his other sibling’s name is not revealed at the moment.
In addition, moving into his educational background, he completed his school-level studies from his hometown. However, he later joined high school but dropped out of high school. Furthermore, the giant left his home at the age of 14 in search of business and other exposures in France. After 5 years, he returned to his family but he had grown drastically extending 7 feet tall, that he was not recognized by anyone in his family. His family recognized him after he revealed his identity. In fact, his family had watched him fight several times before but never thought he would be their own son.
Andre once said, “What God gave me, I use it to create a living,” and his size helped him conquer the planet of wrestling. In 1966 he started wrestling in France with the ring name Jean Ferré. He also wrestled in Japan, where he was referred to as Monster Roussimoff, before making his thanks to Quebec in 1971.
In 1973, he was named “Andre the Giant” and was working with Vincent McMahon Sr. within the World Wide Wrestling Federation (which later became WWE). His fame grew and became referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the planet.” Over the course of his career, he wrestled across the world, traveling to Europe, Mexico, Japan, the Republic of South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Moreover, His fight with Hulk Hogan in the 1980s was one of the longest and most popular fights ever witnessed inside the ring.
Besides wrestling, he appeared in several films over the years. Some of his major films were ‘The Greatest American Hero,’ ‘The Fall Guy,’ and ‘Zorro’ (1990). Similarly, his most popular role remains that of ‘Fezzik,’ in the film ‘The Princess Bride.
Talking about the relationship status of Andre, the WWF professional married his girlfriend Jean Christian. He and Jean dated for a very long time before their marriage. Further, the couple gave birth to their daughter Robin Christensen in 1979.
Death and Cause
Andre died on January 27, 1993, in his hotel room in Paris, due to congestive heart failure. At that time, he was in the city to attend his father’s funeral. Moreover, he was inducted into The Hall Of Fame after his death.
Being a professional wrestler, Andre has a very huge and strong body structure. Further, he has had genes of giantism since his childhood. He was already 6 feet tall at the age of 12. Likewise, the giant was 7 feet and 4 inches tall at his prime. Similarly, he had a bodyweight of around 236kg or 520lbs. He was named “Andre The Giant” because of his humongous body size. Moreover, he uses shoes of size 24. His daughter Robin is also a wrestler and an actress.
Social media and Net worth
Talking about the social media availability of Andre, he was long dead before there was any social media platform. So, there is no account of Andre on social media. Similarly, he has earned a huge sum of money from his career. According to the sources, his net worth was around $10 million.