AndreRené Roussimoff best known as Andrethe Giant, was a French professional wrestlerand actor of Bulgarian and Polish descent. At age 18, Roussimoff moved to Paris and was taught the art of professional wrestling by a local promoter who knew there would be money in Roussimoff's future. He made his Japan debut in 1970, billed as "Monster Roussimoff", wrestling for the International Wrestling Enterprise. Wrestling as both a singles and tag team competitor, he quickly won the company's tag team championship alongside Michael Nador. Roussimoff wrestled numerous times in 1972 for Verne Gagne's American Wrestling Association (AWA) as a special attraction until Valois appealed to Vince McMahon, He felt Roussimoff should be portrayed as a large, immovable monster. To enhance his profile, McMahon discouraged Roussimoff from performing maneuvers such as dropkicks. He also began billing Roussimoff as "Andrethe Giant" and set up a travel-intensive schedule, loaning him to wrestling associations around the world. n March 26, 1973, Andredebuted in the World Wide Wrestling Federation (later World Wrestling Federation) as a fan favorite. In the World Wrestling Federation (now known as WWE), Roussimoff statistics saw him become a one-time WWF Champion and a one-time WWF World Tag Team Champion. In 1993, Andrewas the first inaugural inductee into the WWF Hall of Fame. After WrestleMania VI, Andrespent the rest of his in-ring career in All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW).