André René Roussimoff (May 19, 1946 – January 27, 1993), best known as André the Giant, was a French-American professional wrestler and actor. His best-remembered acting role was that of Fezzik, the giant in the film The Princess Bride. His size was a result of gigantism (after which he suffered from acromegaly) and led to his being called “The Eighth Wonder of the World”.
In the World Wrestling Federation (now known as WWE), Roussimoff was a one-time WWF Champion and a one-time WWF World Tag Team Champion. In 1993, André was the inaugural inductee into the WWF Hall of Fame.
Roussimoff died in his sleep of congestive heart failure on the night of January 27, 1993, in a Paris hotel room. He was in Paris to attend the funeral of his father. Roussimoff’s body was cremated according to his wishes and his ashes were scattered at his ranch in Ellerbe, North Carolina.