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Check Out This Unearthed Footage of a Young Andre the Giant in a French Kung Fu Movie

While the lot of us know Andre the Giant for three things — Wrestlemania III, The Princess Bride, and being the uncredited inspiration behind My Dinner With Andre — we often neglect to mention some of his earlier work when discussing his legacy. I’m talking about his classic turns as Sasquatch in The Six Million Dollar Man, Dagoth in Conan the Destroyer, and his brief appearance in B.J. and the Bear. Who among us can forget that last one.

But before Andre Roussimoff was feuding with the likes of Hulk Hogan and Ahhnold, he was just your everyday, 7 foot tall actor looking for work. And boy oh boy did he find it in the 1967 French martial arts flick Chinese Headache for Judoka.

In a movie IMDB describes as “Judoka Marc Saint-Clair tries to save the world from nuclear disaster fighting Chinese and Russians,” Andre appears as a judo-chopping menace simply named “Fighter.” Thanks to this recently dug up footage by our friends over at Uproxx, check out a much thinner, much nimbler Andre in action. It is truly a sight to behold, and a stern reminder that Andre and Hong Man Choi are destined to throw down in this life or the next.


Reliving Chuck Wepner vs. Andre the Giant: The Great American Freakshow We Somehow Forgot

(Wepner was tossed out of the ring in the third round, and lost the fight by count-out. Seems legit. Video of the fight is available after the jump.)

If you happen to be a connoisseur of MMA freak show bouts, it’s likely that you recognize June 25, 1976 as the day that “The Greatest of All Time” Muhammad Ali took on Japanese wrestling legend Antonio Inoki in a mixed rules bout. The fight itself may have been an unwatchable display of bizarre kicks from Inoki – who was only allowed to kick if one of his knees was touching the mat – but it’s remembered as one of our sport’s first genuine freak show bouts.

Yet often forgotten by even the most die-hard fight fans among us is that the undercard for Ali vs. Inoki contained a match between Chuck Wepner (the boxer/liquor salesman whose bout against Ali served as the inspiration for the Rocky series) and Andre the Giant broadcast live from Shea Stadium. Before we go any further: Yes, you read that last sentence correctly, and yes, we’ll have video evidence of this after the jump.

By 1976, Andre the Giant had established himself as an unstoppable juggernaut in professional wrestling, to the point that simply getting in a few good shots in a losing effort against him could put another wrestler over. He may not have been professional wrestling’s first “unbeatable giant” character, but he was certainly the most successful and popular portrayal of it. Naturally, when Vince McMahon Sr. faced the dilemma of finding an opponent for the division killer, he got the idea of having him defeat a real fighter. Chuck Wepner – who coincidentally was considering becoming a professional wrestler by this point in his career – was the ideal opponent.