15 Stories That Prove André The Giant Was A Once-In-A-Lifetime Legend

Andre the Giant - born Andre Roussimoff in Grenoble, France, in 1946 - was a true giant among men. He suffered from acromegaly, also known as giantism, which caused his body to produce excess growth hormones throughout his whole life.  Roussimoff outgrew his friends and family quickly, and was 6'3'' and 200 pounds by the age of twelve and 6'7'' when he was 17. 

He soared above his competitors at 6 feet, 11 inches tall (although he was tauted to be 7'4") and made a name for himself in the ring as well as in Hollywood. His role as Fezzik, the endearing giant from The Princess Bride, was only one of his many acting jobs. Roussimoff's life was plagued by health problems due to his condition but it's his hilarious pranks, kind heart, and ability to pound drinks that make for the best André the Giant stories.