It’s not a stretch to say that André the Giant lived in a different world from the rest of us. Standing at 7 feet 4 inches tall and weighing in at 550 pounds, André the Giant was famed for his unbelievable physical feats, including drinking over 150 beers in one sitting. Here are 15 photographs that truly put his size in perspective:
Andre meets professional boxer Bobby Chacon in 1979.
Referred to unofficially as the “greatest drunk on Earth,” André once allegedly drank over 150 beers in one sitting.
André’s size made most objects he interacted with look like toys.
By age 12, André was 6’3″ and weighed 240 pounds.
André the Giant and Muhammad Ali compare hand sizes upon meeting in 1975.
André was no stranger to lifting things — his brother remarked that André could accomplish the work of 3 experienced farmhands by his mid-teens.
André took center stage at the first ever WrestleMania held in 1985 at Madison Square Garden.
André stands next to some of his competitors from the World Wrestling Federation.
When visiting Japan, André was too tall to use the toilets. Instead, he had to use the bath tub.
Nobody captured the wrestling world’s imagination like André.
This photograph of André surrounded by women in towels was taken in 1966 during a fashion exhibit in Paris.
Later in life, issues with his back would force André to be less physical, but in his youth, his strength was legendary.
André starred alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Wilt Chamberlain in the 1984 movie Conan The Destroyer.
If you enjoy André the Giant, his world-famous wrestling match against Hulk Hogan in 1988 is a must-watch: