Andre the Giant


Height: 7'5"

Weight: 525 lbs

Real Name: Andre Renae Roussimoff

DOB: 5/19/1946

DOD: 1/27/1993

Hometown: Grunoble, France

Other Names: The Boss, Giant Jean Ferre, Monster Rousimoff, Giant Rousimoff, Super Giant Machine

Wrestler Since: 1960s

Finishing Maneuver: Chokeslam

Previous PWI 500 Rankings: #491(1992), #116(1991)

Official Website: http://www.andrethegiant.net/

Other Related Websites:
The Colossal Connection - Rollercoaster Bio
Andre the Giant - Online World of Wrestling Bio
Andre the Giant - Wikipedia Bio

History: (Last Updated: 1/13/2006)

This biography is taken from the Andre the Giant Official Website. I hardily recommend viewing it, as it gives a lot of information on the legendary superstar. For more information, I also recommend the Andre the Giant article on Wikipedia.

At 7'4" and 500 pounds, Andre the Giant could have been famous for his size alone. His drive, talent and ambition, however, proved to be as big as Andre himself, and the wrestler became legendary for his achievements in and out of the ring.

Andre was born Andre Rene Roussimoff in Grenoble, France on May 19, 1946. His parents, Boris and Marian Roussimoff, and four siblings were of average size. Andre, however, suffered from acromegaly, a disease that results in an over abundance of growth hormones. Also known as Giantism, this disease caused Andre's body to continue growing his whole life, and by the time he was 17 he stood 6'7".

Due to his immense stature it seemed inevitable that Andre would excel in the wrestling world. He had just started to make a name for himself in the ring as "Monster Eiffel Tower" or "Monster Roussimoff" when French-Canadian wrestler Edouard Carpentier first laid eyes on him. Carpentier was impressed with Andre's raw talent and decided to bring him to North America. Andre began wrestling under the name Jean Ferre in Canada for Grand Prix Promotions. In a short time Andre went from the undercard to being a headlining name. Inspired by the movie King Kong he acquired the nickname, "The 8th Wonder of the World," which stayed with him for the rest of his career.

By the time Andre had performed in front of 20,000 wrestling fans in Montreal, his legend had reached Vince McMahon, Sr. at the World Wide Wrestling Federation's (WWWF) headquarters. McMahon would forever alter Andre's life. In 1972, McMahon signed Andre to wrestle for the WWWF and changed his name to capitalize on his colossal size. "Andre the Giant" became one of the most recognizable names in wrestling. Andre performed under his new name at Madison Square Garden, where he easily defeated his opponent Buddy Wolfe without breaking a sweat. Before long, Andre's venues were sold out and wrestlers lined up to perform in his shadow. As Andre's fame grew to stardom, he was featured in Sports Illustrated in the largest feature they had ever published.

In 1987 Andre drew the biggest crowd in WWF (formerly WWWF) history thus far. A record 90,000 fans packed the Pontiac Silver Dome in Detroit, Michigan to watch Andre wrestle fellow legend Hulk Hogan in the main event of WrestleMania III. In all, Andre participated at six WrestleManias and faced some of the toughest opponents in the business, including Big John Studd and Jake "The Snake" Roberts. For many years he was known as the "Uncrowned Champion," until he found his place in infamy and held the WWF title for the shortest reign in history. This wasn't the only championship Andre captured - he also won titles in the (NWA), (IWA) and the WWF Tag Team Championship.

Andre's fame also opened the door to Hollywood. He made his acting debut in 1975 as "Big Foot" in The Six Million Dollar Man. Andre enjoyed the experience and went on to appear in television shows including B.J. and the Bear, The Fall Guy and The Greatest American Hero, and movies such as Conan the Destroyer, Micki and Maude, and Trading Mom. His favorite role, and the one for which he is best remembered, was the lovable giant "Fezzik" in Rob Reiner's classic The Princess Bride.

Andre's last television appearance was on a celebration of 20 years of NWA/WCW wrestling on TBS. Sadly, over the years the effects of acromegaly had continued to wear down his body. Eventually his immense size was just too much for his heart, and Andre the Giant died in Paris, France in his hotel room on January 27, 1993. His ashes were later taken home and spread over his North Carolina ranch.

Though professionally Andre will always be remembered as The 8th Wonder of the World, he is known and loved by fans across the globe as The Gentle Giant.

Pay-Per-View/Show Summary: (21 - 19, 1 DDQ)
- WWF Showdown At Shea (June 26, '76) = Andre the Giant won, via Countout, over Chuck Wepner in a "Wrestler vs. Boxer" Match.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (July 17, '76) = Andre the Giant & Buck Robley beat Ken Patera & Bob Sweetan.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (April 1, '78) = Andre the Giant lost, via DQ, to the Mid-South North American Champion, Ernie Ladd.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (December 25, '78) = Andre the Giant & Dusty Rhodes took down Ron Bass & Ron Slinker, Bobby Jaggers & Jerry Brown and Ernie Ladd & Stan Hansen to win the vacated United States Tag-Team Titles.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (August 2, '80) = Andre the Giant won over Hulk Hogan.
- WWF Showdown At Shea (August 9, '80) = Andre the Giant defeated Hulk Hogan.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (April 18, '81) = Andre the Giant & Dusty Rhodes beat the Wild Samoans. Later in the night, Andre & Rhodes fell to Super Destroyer & the Grappler.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (May 1, '82) = Andre the Giant & Dick Murdoch lost, via DQ, to Harley Race & the One Man Gang.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (July 7, '82) = Andre the Giant defeated Karl Kox.
- NWA Mid-South Superdome Extravaganza (April 16, '83) = Andre the Giant took down Kamala.
- NJPW Sumo Hall (June 2, '83) = Andre the Giant defeated Killer Khan.
- UWA 9th Anniversary Show (February 12, '84) = Andre the Giant lost a "Three Falls" Match to the UWA Heavyweight Champion, El Canek.
- WWF Wrestlemania I ('85) = Andre the Giant won a "Bodyslam" Contest over Big John Studd. Due to stipulations, Studd had to give Andre $15,000.
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #2 (October 3, '85) = Andre the Giant & Tony Atlas lost, via DQ, to King Kong Bundy & Big John Studd.
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #3 (October 31, '85) = Andre the Giant & Hulk Hogan won, via DQ, over King King Bundy & Big John Studd.
- WWF Wrestlemania II ('86) = Andre the Giant won a "NFL/WWF Battle Royal".
- NJPW IWGP Tournament (May/June '86) = Andre the Giant was forced to submit in the semi-finals to the eventual winner, Antonio Inoki.
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #10 (February 21, '87) = Andre the Giant competed in a Battle Royal, which was won by Hercules.
- WWF Wrestlemania III ('87) = Andre the Giant fell to the WWF Champion, Hulk Hogan.
- WWF Survivor Series '87 = Andre the Giant, King Kong Bundy, One Man Gang, Butch Reed & Rick Rude fought in an "Elimination" Match with Hulk Hogan, Bam-Bam Bigelow, Don Muraco, Paul Orndorff & Ken Patera. Andre was the sole 'survivor'.
- WWF The Main Event I (February 5, '88) = Andre the Giant won the WWF World Championship from Hulk Hogan. A minute later, Andre tried to give the World Title to Ted DiBiase, which resulted in the belt being forfeited.
- WWF Wrestlemania IV ('88) = Andre the Giant and Hulk Hogan fought to a Double Disqualification in the WWF World Title Tournament.
- WWF Wrestlefest '88 (July 31) = Andre the Giant lost a "Steel Cage" Match to Hulk Hogan.
- WWF Summerslam '88 = Andre the Giant & Ted DiBiase were beaten by Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage. Jessie "The Body" Ventura was the special referee.
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #18 (November 16, '88) = Andre the Giant lost, via DQ, to the WWF World Champion, Randy Savage.
- WWF Survivor Series '88 = Andre the Giant, Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect, Harley Race & Dino Bravo fought in an "Elimination" Match against Jake Roberts, Jim Duggan, Scott Casey, Tito Santana & Ken Patera. Andre was DQ'ed. Mr. Perfect & Dino Bravo 'survived'.
- WWF Royal Rumble '89 = Andre the Giant competed in the Royal Rumble, which was won by Big John Studd.
- WWF Wrestlemania V ('89) = Andre the Giant lost, via DQ, to Jake "The Snake" Roberts. John Studd was the special referee.
- WWF Summerslam '89 = Andre the Giant & the Twin Towers fell to Jim Duggan & Demolition.
- WWF Saturday Night's Main Event #24 (October 31, '89) = Andre the Giant lost, via DQ, to the IC Champion, the Ultimate Warrior.
- WWF Survivor Series '89 = The Colossal Connection (Andre & Haku), Arn Anderson & Bobby Heenan fought in an "Elimination" Match against the Ultimate Warrior, Jim Neidhart & the Rockers. Andre was quickly counted out. The Warrior was the 'survivor'.
- WWF Royal Rumble '90 = Andre the Giant competed in the Royal Rumble, which was won by Hulk Hogan.
- WWF Wrestlemania VI ('90) = The Colossal Connection lost the WWF Tag-Team Titles to Demolition.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (April 18, '91) = Andre the Giant, Rusher Kimura & Mighty Inoue won over Masa Fuchi, Haruka Eigan & Motoshi Okuma.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (December 6, '91) = Andre the Giant & Giant Baba defeated Abdullah the Butcher & Giant Kimala II.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (March 4, '92) = Andre the Giant, Giant Baba & Dory Funk Jr beat Toshiaki Kawada, Kenta Kobashi & Tsuyoshi Kikuchi.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (June 5, '92) = Andre the Giant, Johnny Smith & Johnny Ace fell to Terry Gordy, Steve Williams & Richard Slinger.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (October 21, '92) = Andre the Giant, Terry Gordy & Jumbo Tsuruta took down Giant Baba, Stan Hansen & Dory Funk Jr.
- AJPW Budokan Hall (December 4, '92) = Andre the Giant, Giant Baba & Rusher Kimura won over Haruka Eigan, Motoshi Okuma & Masa Fuchi.

Title Summary:
- IWA World Tag-Team Champion w/ Michael Nador (1/18/70 - 2/03/70)
- NWA Australasian Tag-Team Champion w/ Ron Miller (12/08/78 - 12/78)
- NWA Tri-State United States Tag-Team Champion w/ Dusty Rhodes (12/25/78 - 1/79)
- NWA Florida Tag-Team Champion w/ Dusty Rhodes (2/15/81 - 81)
- WWF World Heavyweight Champion (2/05/88)
- WWF World Tag-Team Champion w/ Haku (12/13/89 - 4/01/90)

PWI Achievement Awards: (7 wins, 4 1st RUs, 5 2nd RUs, 3 3rd RUs)
- 1976 Match of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up (Andre vs. Abdullah the Butcher)
- 1977 Most Popular Wrestler
- 1977 Match of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Andre vs. Ric Flair)
- 1978 Most Popular Wrestler, 1st Runner-Up
- 1979 Most Popular Wrestler, 1st Runner-Up
- 1980 Most Popular Wrestler, 2nd Runner-Up
- 1980 Match of the Year, 1st Runner-Up (Andre vs. Hulk Hogan)
- 1981 Most Popular Wrestler, 2nd Runner-Up
- 1981 Match of the Year (Andre vs. Killer Khan)
- 1982 Most Popular Wrestler
- 1983 Wrestler of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up
- 1987 Most Hated Wrestler, 1st Runner-Up
- 1987 Match of the Year, 2nd Runner-Up (Andre vs. Hulk Hogan)
- 1988 Most Hated Wrestler
- 1988 Feud of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up (Andre & Ted DiBiase vs. Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage)
- 1988 Match of the Year (Andre vs. Hulk Hogan)
- 1990 Match of the Year, 3rd Runner-Up (Royal Rumble)
- 1993 PWI Editors' Award
- 1996 Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame Inductee