The 7-foot-4 wrestling Hall of Famer Andre the Giant is the owner of a legend that extends well outside the ring. He was hilarious in The Princess Bride. He got rides to school from Samuel Beckett. But no small part of his legend was his ability to ingest superhuman quantities of alcohol.
The arsenal of stories has grown with a couple tales told by retired wrestler Gerald Brisco in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times. "Andre used to ask me to get him six bottles of Mateus wine and ice them down," Brisco told the Times. "He would drink those before we went to the ring and no one could tell."
All of the stories about Andre the Giant's drinking are mind-boggling and they would be impossible to believe if it wasn't for the fact that Andre the Giant wasn't just monstrously tall, he weighed in at 520 pounds and managed to somehow not look like a lump of wet play-doh dripping over the edge of a table. Though his measurements should be taken with a grain of salt, since pro wrestling, like a good carnival barker, is prone to slight embellishments.
Brisco continued, "One night in Sarasota, Andre is traveling with us. So we pull over and get two cases of tall boys. By the time we get from Sarasota to the Tahitian Inn on Dale Mabry, the two cases were bone dry.
"He was one of the nicest guys but I have seen idiots in bars all over the country challenge him, and with one little shove they'd be 10 feet away."