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19 Rare Photos Of André the Giant Who Would Have Turned 76 This Year

19 Rare Photos Of André the Giant Who Would Have Turned 76 This Year

Andre the Giant is a legend that everyone knows and recognizes, whether it’s from wrestling or his role in The Princess Bride. He was born on May 19, 1946 in Grenoble, France.  He is the only one in his family of 7 that suffered from Acromegaly, also known as Giantism.  Giantism is due to an excess of hormones which causes your body to never stop growing. Andre continued to grow his entire life. When he died, he was 7 feet 4 inches tall and weighed 500 lbs.  Andre was known as “the 8th Wonder of the World” and these pictures will show you why:

1. Andre the Giant was also known as “The Gentle Giant” despite his great strength and the name he made for himself in the world of wrestling.  He was also very generous, refusing to let anyone pay for him when they went out to eat. He once bodily lifted Arnold Schwarzenegger off his feet and carried him back to his table stating, “I Pay” when Schwarzenegger was about to pay their bill.  (This photo was actually on the set of the film Conan.)

19 Rare Photos Of André the Giant Who Would Have Turned 76 This Year
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2. When Andre first came to America from France, he was known in the wrestling world as “Monster Eiffel Tower” but then started wrestling under the name Jean Ferre.

19 Rare Photos Of André the Giant Who Would Have Turned 76 This Year
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3. Andre was 6′ 7″ by the time he was 17 years old, but due to his condition he just kept growing.  In this picture, he is 19 years old and within two years he shot up to 7′ 4″ tall.

19 Rare Photos Of André the Giant Who Would Have Turned 76 This Year
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4. It’s easy to forget how big he is by himself, until you see him holding something that puts him in perspective, like this 12oz beer can.

19 Rare Photos Of André the Giant Who Would Have Turned 76 This Year
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5. Andre The Giant also liked to drink. He once drank 119 beers in 6 hours, an average of 1 every 3 minutes.  Another time he drank 127 in a hotel lobby and passed out, but no one could move him because he was too big so they just left him in there until he woke up.

19 Rare Photos Of André the Giant Who Would Have Turned 76 This Year
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6. In 1987, he drew the largest crowd recorded consisting of over 90,000 fans at the Pontiac Silver Dome in Michigan when he wrestled Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania III.  It is rumored that Andre helped cement Hogan’s career by telling him to throw him in the ring, breaking his winning streak of over 3,000 consecutive wins (he hadn’t lost a match since 1971) because he knew his career was soon ending. Hogan picked up the over 7 foot tall Giant and body slammed him to the mat where he pinned him for the win.

19 Rare Photos Of André the Giant Who Would Have Turned 76 This Year
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7. Whenever Andre would travel to Japan, it is reported that the bathrooms were too small for him so he would, take care of business in pools or on newspapers.

19 Rare Photos Of André the Giant Who Would Have Turned 76 This Year
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8. Stephanie McMahon (the child in the picture under Andre’s arm) has been life-long friends with Andre The Giant.

19 Rare Photos Of André the Giant Who Would Have Turned 76 This Year
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9. Andre was already over 6 feet tall and 200 lbs when he was only 12 years old.

19 Rare Photos Of André the Giant Who Would Have Turned 76 This Year
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10. Sources say Andre once flipped a car with four people inside who had locked themselves in after a confrontation as a bar earlier.

19 Rare Photos Of André the Giant Who Would Have Turned 76 This Year
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11. Andre left home when he was 14 and got a job moving furniture. He discovered wrestling when some fellow wrestlers saw him working out in a gym and taught him some wrestling moves when he was just 17 years old. Later when one of the professional wrestlers was injured, Andre wrestled in his place.

19 Rare Photos Of André the Giant Who Would Have Turned 76 This Year
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19 Rare Photos Of André the Giant Who Would Have Turned 76 This Year
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13.  Here Andre is standing with Dwayne Johnson’s father, Rocky Johnson (on the right).

19 Rare Photos Of André the Giant Who Would Have Turned 76 This Year
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14. Women often asked Andre to take pictures while being held by him.  This was taken on Croisette Beach in Cannes, France in July of 1967.

19 Rare Photos Of André the Giant Who Would Have Turned 76 This Year
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15. Andre was a gentleman to the core. He had wanted to go to a Broadway play but stayed away because he knew he would block people’s view of the show.  Here he is in France at a fashion show in 1966.

19 Rare Photos Of André the Giant Who Would Have Turned 76 This Year
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16. Andre the Giant standing next to Debbie Harry, the lead singer of Blondie.

19 Rare Photos Of André the Giant Who Would Have Turned 76 This Year
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17.  Andre The Giant’s first role in Hollywood was “Bigfoot” in 1975 on The Six Million Dollar Man.

19 Rare Photos Of André the Giant Who Would Have Turned 76 This Year
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18. Andre starred in several movies making it big in Hollywood, in addition to the wrestling world. His favorite roll was Fezzik in The Princess Bride.

19 Rare Photos Of André the Giant Who Would Have Turned 76 This Year
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19. Andre Rene Roussimoff, AKA Andre The Giant, AKA The 8th Wonder of the World, AKA The Gentle Giant died January 27, 1993 in Paris, France in his hotel room after attending his father’s funeral. His disease had taken too big of a toll on his body and his heart finally gave out. His ashes were taken home and spread at his ranch in North Carolina.

19 Rare Photos Of André the Giant Who Would Have Turned 76 This Year
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Growing up in the 1980s and 1990s, Andre The Giant was just a fixture when it came to wrestling and movies. I remember watching him climb into the ring. Even if wrestling is partially fake, I don’t think I would want to get in the ring with someone who is 7’4″.

Either way, we still miss him.

Written by Chris Stuber

Chris Stuber loves the outdoors and has a huge passion for life, family and friends. He's the happiest guy you'll meet. He lives his life to the fullest and is always on a quest for knowledge. Chris enjoys the little things and has a thirst for adventure. You can usually find him hiking in the mountains, kayaking on a lake or in his garage building something unique.

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