André the Giant

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André René Roussimoff (Bulgarian: Андрей Рене Руссимов; Polish: Andrzej Renat Russimow) (19 May 1946 – 27 January 1993),[2][3] best known as André the Giant, was a French professional wrestler and actor. He is recognized from his role as Fezzik in the classic movie The Princess Bride. His great size was a result of gigantism, and led to him being dubbed "The Eighth Wonder of the World".[4][5]

In the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), Roussimoff briefly held the WWF Championship. In 1993, he was the first inductee into the WWF Hall of Fame.

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Early life

André René Roussimoff was born in Coulommiers, France, of Bulgarian and Polish descent. He was the third of five children. As a child, he was referred to by his parents as Dédé and showed no signs of the size that he would reach. Roussimoff was a good student but left school after 8th grade because he did not feel having a high school education was necessary to live and work on a farm that was not his own. As an adolescent, he worked on the farm, completed an apprenticeship in woodworking, then worked in a factory that manufactured engines for hay balers, but none of these jobs brought him any satisfaction.

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