André René Roussimoff (19 May 1946 – 28 January 1993), better known by his ring name André the Giant, was a French-Bulgarian professional wrestler and actor. Roussimoff stood over seven feet tall, which was a result of gigantism caused by excess growth hormone.

Towards the end of his career, Roussimoff starred in several films. He had an uncredited appearance in the 1984 film "Conan the Destroyer" as Dagoth, the resurrected horned giant god who is killed by Conan (Arnold Schwarzenegger).

He appeared most notably as Fezzik, his own favorite role, in the 1987 film "The Princess Bride". The fact that Roussimoff found that no one stared at him on set during production was a novel and particularly gratifying experience. Both the film and his performance retain a devoted following.

"The Princess Bride" is a 1987 American fantasy adventure comedy-drama film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner, starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, Wallace Shawn, André the Giant, and Christopher Guest. Adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel "The Princess Bride", it tells the story of a farmhand named Westley, accompanied by companions befriended along the way, who must rescue his true love Princess Buttercup from the odious Prince Humperdinck.

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