Story Of Andre The Giant
Andre the Giant's actual name is Andre Rene Moussinoff. He was born on 19 May, 1946 to Russian immigrants in a small French village called Grenoble. He was the third among five children. None of his other siblings had the same disorder that made him famous.
Andre had gigantism, a rare disorder, caused by the abnormal functioning of the pituitary gland. Due to this disorder, he grew abnormally big in size. When Andre was twelve years old, he was already six feet tall. He did not get along with his parents very well. So, he moved out of his house when he was fourteen years old.
He worked with a moving company and soon joined a gym where some wrestlers practiced. He also got into wrestling and soon got accepted into big matches mainly because of his size.
He won his first match and became a national sensation. He started featuring in advertisements and also immediately became a media personality. He soon found his way into Hollywood movies and also acted in "The Princess Bride". He also acted in a two-part documentary called "Big Foot".
Andre always knew that he would not live very long because of his body weight and condition. Therefore he refused to get treated for his health problems. Throughout his life, he ate well and drank a lot. Some people thought he had a drinking problem, but due to his huge size, he could drink large amounts of alcohol without getting affected.
Andre died at the age of 46 in 1993. He was cremated in his ranch in Ellerbe, North Carolina. He is survived by a daughter, who presently lives in Seattle.
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