Here are some of the great achievements that Andre the Giant reached in his life:

  • Competed in six WrestleManias, during which he defeated Big John Studd in a special body-slam match, won a 20 man Battle Royal and head lined with Hulk Hogan.
  • Performed for a crowd of 90,000 people at the Pontiac Silver Dome for WrestleMania III.
  • During his career, Andre defeated opponents such as Hulk Hogan, Big John Studd and Bret Hart.
  • Won Pro Wrestling Illustrated Achievement Awards for Match of the Year in 1981 and 1988, and Most Popular Wrestler in 1977 and 1982.
  • Held titles in the International Wrestling Alliance, National Wrestling Alliance and World Wrestling Federation.
  • Was featured in Sports Illustrated on December 21, 1981.
  • Is still considered one of the most popular wrestlers of all time.
  • Starred in the popular movie Princess Bride as "Fezzik," the gentle giant.
  • First wrestler inducted into the WWF's Hall of Fame in 1993.
  • One of the first wrestlers inducted into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in Schenectady, New York.





Born: May 19, 1946

Died: January 27, 1993

Hometown: Grenoble, France

Professional Debut: 1964

Real Name: Andre Rene Roussimoff

Other Identities: Jean Ferre
Monster Roussimoff
Giant Machine

Tag Teams: Colossal Connection with Haku
Heenan Family with Bobby Heenan
Haku and Arn Anderson (Survivor Series)
Megabucks with Ted DiBiase


Height: 7 feet, 5 inches

Weight: 525 pounds

Chest: 71 inches

Thighs: 36 inches

Hand: 16 inches

Forearms: 17 inches

Calves: 22 inches

Wrist: 11 inches

Biceps: 21 inches

Neck: 24 inches

Shoesize: 24


Title Won Lost
IWA Tag Team title 1/18/70 2/3/70
NWA Australasian Tag Team title 12/8/78 12/78
NWA U.S. Tag Team title 12/25/78 1/79
NWA Florida Tag Team title 12/2/80 1/2/81
WWF World Heavyweight title 2/5/88 2/5/88
WWF World Tag Team title 12/13/89 4/1/90


Defeated Chuck Wepner in a boxer-vs-wrestler match


(Superdome Spectacular)Drew with Hulk Hogan


(Last Tangle in Tampa) Defeated Super Destroyer


(Showdown in Shea) Defeated Hulk Hogan


Drew with Stan Hansen (no-contest)


(WrestleMania I)Defeated Big John Studd in a $15,000 body slam match


(New Japan IWGP League Tournament) Defeated Tatsumi Fujinami in the Final Match to win the tournament.


(WrestleMania II) Won a 20-man battle royal. Eliminated Jim Neidhart, then Bret Hart to win.


Lost to Antonio Inoki via submission


(WrestleMania III) Pinned by WWF World champion Hulk Hogan


(Survivor Series) With One Man Gang, King Kong Bundy, Butch Reed and Rick Rude, defeated Hulk Hogan, Bam Bam Bigelow, Paul Orndorff, Don Muraco, and Ken Patera in a survivor match. Andre pinned Bigelow to win the match for his team and was a survivor.


(WrestleMania IV) Participated in the World Title Tournament. Recieved a bye into round 2 where he battled to a draw with Hulk Hogan.


(SummerSlam) With Ted DiBiase, lost to Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage


(Survivor Series) With Dino Bravo, Rick Rude, Harley Race and Mr. Perfect, defeated Jim Duggan, Jake Roberts, Scott Casey, Ken Patera and Tito Santana in a survivor match. He pinned Santana and was disqualified later in the match.


(Royal Rumble) Participated in the Royal Rumble. Entered #3. Eliminated Smash, Ron Garvin, and Jake Roberts before eliminating himself #4.


(WrestleMania V) Lost to Jake Roberts via disqualification


(SummerSlam) With Twin Towers (Akeem and Big Bossman), lost to Demolition (Ax and Smash) and Jim Duggan


(Survivor Series) With Bobby Heenan, Haku and Arn Anderson, lost to Ultimate Warriors (Ultimate Warrior, Rockers Shawn Michaels and Marty Jannetty, and Jim Neidhart) in a survivor match. Andre was thefirst man eliminated via countout.


(Royal Rumble) Participated in the Royal Rumble. Entered #11. Eliminated Warlord and Red Rooster. #10 eliminated by Demolition (Ax and Smash).


(Wrestlemania VI) Andre The Giant and Haku lost the WWF Tag Team Championship to Demolition.





Andre's success inside the ring helped open the door to Hollywood. He made his acting debut in 1975 as "Big Foot" in a special two part episode of The Six Million Dollar Man. Andre went on to perform in other television shows including Zorro, The Greatest American Hero and The Fall Guy. Andre made another two part episode for the show B.J. and the Bear entitled "Snow White and the Seven Lady Truckers." He also had parts in 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.