Nicknamed the “Eighth Wonder of the World”, Andre Rene Roussimoff rose to stardom in the WWE (then the World Wrestling Federation or WWF) during the 1970s and 1980s, becoming the world’s highest-paid wrestler in 1974 and a staple in Vince McMahon’s production.
Who could forget his utter dominance and showdown in WrestleMania III against “Hollywood” Hulk Hogan?
But while the superstar and future Hall of Fame inductee was dominating in his wrestling career, life at home wasn’t so great, when the gentle giant was even there.
Andre the Giant’s Daughter
Despite being the only daughter of Andre, Robin, who currently resides in Seattle, was not close to her father. Due to the nature of the wrestling business, Robin revealed on the Wrestle Zone Radio Podcast in 2016 that her professional wrestler father was gone 298 days of the year for various gigs when she was growing up.
To make matters worse, Andre and his French/American daughter didn’t get along, making a relationship with her father even more difficult for Robin to forge.
In 2017, rumors emerged that Robin would be participating in a future WWE SmackDown Live after she was spotted backstage at the event, though she quickly shut down those claims.
Andre the Giant’s daughter Robin is an important part of her father’s legacy even if she only interacted with him a handful of times.
Andre the Giant Acting Career
In addition to his work in the ring, Andre’s size and stature enabled him to play some unique characters in films and television shows, most famously the giant Fezzik in “The Princess Bride.” Cary Elwes, co-star on “The Princess Bride”, revealed that Roussimoff would drink beer straight out of a pitcher while on set.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, the wrestling star boasted a net worth of $5 million thanks to his success in the wrestling industry, acting, comic con appearances and voice work for video games.
Andre the Giant’s Death
Andre the Giant passed away in 1993 in a Paris hotel room from congestive heart failure, stemming from his undiagnosed acromegaly. He was in Paris to attend the funeral of his own father, and passed shortly after at 46.
Roussimoff wanted to have his body cremated and his ashes spread at his North Carolina ranch, however no crematorium in France was able to handle a body that large. Therefore, the cremation was held in the USA, and his ashes were spread in Ellerbe, North Carolina.