Andre the Giant was a French professional wrestler and actor. He is known for his wrestling career and was one time WWE (previously known as WWF) World Heavyweight Champion and one time WWE Tag Team Champion. He was known for his role as the Fezzik the giant in the movie The Princess Bride. People knew him because of his height and also being called as The Eighth Wonder of the World.
Andre Rene Roussimoff was born on 19th May 1946 in Molien France. He belonged to white ethnicity and his birth sign was Taurus.
Andre was the 3rd born son among 5 of Boris Roussimoff and Mariann Roussimoff. Later his parents moved to France. Andre showed symptoms of gigantism at an early age and his height reached 6 feet 3 inches when he was just 12 years old.
French wrestler was a good student and extremely good in math subjects. Later he dropped out and worked with his father on his farm. His brother said he could perform the work of three men alone.
The kindhearted wrestler was the opposite of his look, he was very huge and many people afraid at first when they saw him. He also told in the interview. But this did not stop him to travel he travel to different countries to promote wrestling.
Talking about his relationship, he was married to Jean Christiansen. The couple met in 1974 and from then they were together all the time.
The couple got married in Canada but their marriage was never registered in United States.The husband and wife welcomed their first child daughter Robin Christiansen in 1979. After his daughter's birth, their family became complete.
Guinness Book of World record holder died on 27th January 1993. He died due to his congestive heart failure in his sleep. He was found dead in his hotel room. He was in Paris to attend his father's funeral and decided to stay in France for his mother's birthday.
Andre was cremated in the United States according to his wishes and his ashes were scattered at his ranch in Ellerbe, North Carolina.
Andre the Giant had collected good net worth from his career as a wrestler in the wrestling business. He had accumulated $10 million net worth from his career. He had similar net worth with celebrities like Rhonda Worthey and Carolyn Murphy.
Even more, in the year 1974, he was enlisted in Guinness Book of World Records as the highest-paid wrestler in history up to at that time. He earned $400,000 in a year alone during early 1970.
After coming to France he began to work as a professional wrestler and local promoter recognized the potential of his size. He trained at night and worked as a mover during the day.
In 1996 he met a Canadian promoter and wrestler Frank Valois, who later became his business manager and an adviser. He made his debut in Japan in 1970.
Wrestler Andre made his debut in World Wide Wrestling Federation on 26th March 1973. After his appearance, he had played with famous wrestlers like Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart and many more
Furthermore, he debuted as an actor from the movie Conan the Destroyer but his role was uncredited, later in 1987 he got the major role of Fezzik in the movie Princess Bride and continue to work as an actor in films and television series.
Andre TV documentary was released in 2018 in which Hulk Hogan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Billy Crystal talk about his life. His documentary was the most watched sports documentary in its history.
Andre Rene Roussimoff also was known by his stage name Andre the Giant was a French Professional Wrestler.
He was 7 feet 4 inches or 224 cm in height.
At the time of his death, he had $10 million as net worth.