Professional wrestling has had more than its share of giants, but none stood taller in the eyes of wrestling fans than the legendary Andre The Giant. During the 70’s and 80’s, Andre was legitimately the biggest wrestling star in the entire world, and his fame expanded outside the squared circle, even into the realm of Hollywood. Tales of his exploits are numerous, as it seems that every wrestler from that era has a story about Andre, whether about his prodigious size and strength, his impressive capacity for alcohol, or his genial, friendly nature with nearly everyone he met. You could fill a very large book about the legend of Andre The Giant (and several already have been written), and only scratch the surface, but here are some of the most interesting facts we found about wrestling’s most unique Superstar.
10. Driven To School By Samuel Beckett
Any English major or theater buff worth their salt should recognize the name of playwright Samuel Beckett, who wrote dozens of plays and poems, including the famous Waiting For Godot, and received a Nobel Prize for his contributions to literature. That same Samuel Beckett also purchased a large plot of land in France, becoming neighbours and friends with Boris Roussimoff, the father of the man who would one day be known as Andre The Giant. Even at a young age, Andre’s acromegaly made him awkwardly large, to the point that he could not take the bus to school. Upon hearing of Andre’s troubles, Beckett offered to drive him to school in a truck, and the two bonded, apparently over a love of cricket. It’s possible that Beckett was at least partially responsible for Andre’s professed love of the theater, although he never went, because he was afraid that he would block the view of other patrons.