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  • Real Name: Andre Renae Rousimoff
  • Ring Identities:Giant Rousimoff, Jean Ferre, Giant Machine, and Andre the Giant
  • Height:7'4"
  • Weight:380-520 pounds(Varied his entire career)
  • Birth: May 19, 1946 in Molien, France
  • Death: January 29th, 1993
  • Parents: Boris and Marian Rouismoff
  • Siblings: 4 (1 brother named Jacques Rouismoff)
  • Trainer: Edward Carpantier
  • Children: 1 Daghter
  • Estate: AFJ Ranch located in Elerby, North Carolina
  • Estate manager: Frenchie Bernard
  • Wrestling Hall of Fames inducted into:

    The WWF Hall of Fame

    The RSPW Hall of Fame

    The Great Hisa's Puroresu Hall of Fame

    Courtesy of Slam Wrestling

    Exact Measurments at time of Wrestlemania III. (Taken fron rereleased video of Wrestlemaina III)

  • Height: 7'5"
  • Weight: 520 pounds
  • Chest: 71"
  • Calves: 22"
  • Thighs: 36"
  • Wrist: 11"
  • Hand: 16"
  • Biceps: 21"
  • Forearms: 17"
  • Neck: 24"
  • Shoesize: 24
    Andre the Giant was arguably the most beloved wrestler ever in the sport. Wherever he went people would fill arenas just to see him wrestle. His physical size was only surpassed by the size of his loving heart. Andre will never be forgotten in the sport of proffesional wrestling.

    Andre was born is Grenouble, France on May 19, 1946 to two parents who were both over 6 feet tall. His Bulgarian Grandfather was a huge man who topped out at 7'8"! Andre suffered from acromegaly, which means his growth hormones were out of control.

    Andre left home at the tender age of 14. When he left he was 6'3" and weighed 200 pounds! Andre worked at a furniture store in Paris until he was 17, at that time he was discovered by two wrestlers. You can guess what happened next.

    Andre came to North America in 1971 under the name Jean Ferre. He was a moderate sucess in Canada. He then met a booker by the name of Vince McMahon Sr. Andre turned into a Household name while in the WWF.

    Andre seeked the WWF title for years but it was not until he turned rulebreaker and helped Ted DiBiase that he captured the gold by beating Hulk Hogan on Febuary 5, 1988. Andre sold the title to DiBiase minutes later.

    Andre's match against Hulk Hogan at Wrestlemania III was when he passed the torch to Hogan as the most popular wrestler in the world. Andre allowed Hogan to beat him that night in Michigan. The place erupted after Hogan bodyslammed Andre and hit the legdrop.

    After Wrestlemania III Andre's health slowly worsened as we saw him fade away before or very eyes. Soon Andre's health forced him to only wrestle in tag team matches. Andre did capture the Tag Team Title's with Haku but that was his last stint of glory in wrestling.

    Andre's health continued to worsen until finally he died while in France to attend his Father's funeral. Andre was cremated and his ashes were spread across his farm in the United States.

    Andre did have a small family as he had one daghter. I would like to stress this fact right now. THE GIANT, PAUL WIGHT IS NOT ANDRE'S SON!!!

    The facts above where taken from the A&E presenatation Biography on Andre The Giant.

    Andre was considered by many people as the uncrowned champion of wrestling. Here are some of the titles he won.

    Title Date Partner
    IWA World Tag Team January 18, 1970 Michael Nador
    Australasian Tag Team December 8, 1978 Ron Miller
    NWA United States Tag Team (Tri-State) December 25, 1978 Dusty Rhodes
    NWA Florida Tag Team February 15, 1981 Dusty Rhodes
    WWF World Heavyweight February 5, 1988 n/a
    WWF World Tag Team December 13, 1989 Haku