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Andre The Giant

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.’ She died in 1993 due to a heart attack.

Early Life and Childhood

Andre the Giant was born on May 19, 1946, in Coulommiers, Seine-et-Marne, France. Likewise, their 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.

Their only known sibling of his is Jacques Roussimoff and his other sibling’s name is not revealed at the moment.

In addition, moving to his educational background, he completed his school-level studies in 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, and he was not recognized by anyone in his family.

His family recognized him after he revealed his identity. His family had watched him fight several times before but never thought he would be their son.

Andre The Giant – Net Worth 2023

This professional wrestler has earned a decent amount of money throughout his wrestling career. According to the sources, his net worth was around $10 million.

Body Measurements

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 in his prime.

Similarly,  he had a body weight of around 236kg or 520 lbs. He was named “Andre The Giant” because of his humongous body size. Moreover, he wears shoes of size 24. His daughter Robin is also a wrestler and an actress.

Professional Life

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.”

Andre The Giant

Caption: Andre The Giant in the ring against Hulk Hogan (Source: WWE)

Throughout 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.

Relationship Status

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.

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Caption: Andre The Giant with his daughter (source: Pinterest)

Death and Cause

Andre The Giant 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.

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Caption: Andre The Giant’s Memorial Battle (source WWE)

Andre The Giant – Social Media

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 his on social media. Similarly, he has earned a huge sum of money from his career.