You might have, at some point in your life, questioned whether André the Giant was truly giant. We’re here to tell you: He was truly giant.
André René Roussimoff was considered ‘The Eighth Wonder of the World’, because of his size, which allowed him a prolific professional wrestling career. Roussimoff’s stature was a result of an excess growth hormone, which later resulted in acromegaly.
He was also, incidentally, a marathon drinker who could drink even Gerard Depardieu under the table. His drink of choice? ‘The American,’ a beverage that contained 40 ounces of various liquors poured into a massive pitcher. He would apparently consume several of these in one sitting. “I’ve never tasted airplane fuel,” André the Giant’s Princess Bride costar Cary Elwes told Vanity Fair “But I imagine it’s very close to what that must taste like. It’s very potent indeed, and I remember coughing a lot. But to him, it was like chugging water.”
Here are a dozen photos, each of which show that André the Giant’s size was not popular lore, or a trick of proportions.