Happy Birthday Andre The Giant! It’s May 19th 2012 and you would have been sixty six years old today. Andre The Giant was the largest man in Professional Wrestling, billed at 7’5 and 520 pounds he was the biggest of entertainment in the squared circle.
Andre gained the nickname “The Eighth Wonder of the World” and for good reason. His popularity grew so much in the mid 1970s that he was chosen to play the Sasquatch in the Six Million Dollar Man TV series which starred Lee Majors as Colonial Steve Austin, the Bionic Man.
Andre went on to star in a few other TV shows and movies, most notably The Princess Bride where he played the gentle giant Fezzik and Conan The Destroyer in which he appeared uncredited as Dagoth. Over time many giants have entered the ring, from El Gigante to the Giant Silva and The Big Show, but none of them have ever measured up to the sheer excellence in and out of the ring as did Andre. Happy Birthday Andre The Giant!