Born in the French Alps, André the Giant’s career began at a young age when he was discovered and thrust into the world of pro wrestling. Instantly, he became a phenomenon, and was soon known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Standing at a reported 7-foot-5, André was thought to be invincible. Because his legacy began at a time where television was non-existent and the internet had not even been thought of, the news of this “giant” sweeping wrestling arenas around the globe travelled mostly by word of mouth. He never stayed in one place for very long, and portrayed himself as the moral hero of wrestling.
During his career, André René Roussimoff evolved into André the Giant by way of being known as “Monster Eiffel Tower,” “Monster Roussimoff,” “The Butcher,” “Jean Ferre,” among others. Diagnosed with acromegaly, André’s body produced an abnormal amount of growth hormones, which resulted in his incredible size. As his many names would suggest, André’s legend soon became even larger than his looming stature. André was well known for taking personal feelings into the ring, and especially dominating those whom he did not favor. André never tried to tarnish an opponent’s reputation, or make a fool of him during a match, unless he held a grudge against him. This legend became one synonymous to one of a god. He was unpredictable, all-powerful, and feared by everyone who knew him.
André’s fame stretched far beyond the borders of the wrestling ring, holding a Guinness World Record for the highest paid wrestler, and also appeared on The Six Million Dollar Man, Conan the Destroyer, Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling, and The Princess Bride. André was even invited to try out for the Washington Redskins. He was mostly portrayed as a giant or an ancient god, which parallels his reputation in the wrestling world. André was an invincible giant with godly powers in the ring.
Aside from his very public life, André led a self-destructive lifestyle. He was...