‘Game Of Thrones’ Giant Was Former UNC, Holy Cross Basketball Player

My buddy played baseball with some of Neil’s friends at Holy Cross. There exists a picture of my buddy’s father (not tall) standing back-to-back with Neil but he doesn’t exist online yet. Working on it, though.

From Wikipedia:

Fingleton moved from Durham to Worcester, Massachusetts and began attending Holy Name Central Catholic High School, graduating in 2000.[3] Fingleton’s coach was J. P. Ricciardi, who would later become general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team.[2] Fingleton helped the Holy Name Central basketball team to the Central Massachusetts Division I title and a berth in the Massachusetts final game in 1999 and in 2000 a 22-4 record.[3]

Fingleton won a basketball scholarship to the United States first playing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

On the Guinness World Records website, Fingleton says: “I am one of three siblings – my sister who is 6′ 2″ is the eldest at 37, my brother is 6′ 9″ who is 35 and I am 7′ 7″ at 32… my mother is 6 foot and my late father was also. My great grandfather was 6′ 8″. I have always been taller than everyone since I can remember. My height really took off when I reached 11 and was touching 7 foot. By the time I was 16 I was 7′ 5″ and stopping growing at 18 when I was 7′ 7.56”.

His acting credits include:

‘Sargon / Greegan’ in ‘Jupiter Ascending’ with Mila Kunis

Lovecraftian Samurai in ’47 Ronin’ with Keanu Reeves

Russian General’s Bodyguard 1 in 2011’s ‘X-Men: First Class’

We’ll try to keep this story relatively spoiler-free for those of you who haven’t seen the latest episode of HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

The episode, entitled “The Watchers on the Wall,” used a great deal of CGI to create one of the most expansive battle scenes in the show’s history, but employed real-life actors to play the hour’s most imposing figures: giants. And, as it turns out, one of those actors was a man college basketball fans might remember.

That’s Neil Fingleton, a British-born former McDonald’s All-American who earned the title of England’s tallest man in 2007 by measuring in at 7 feet, 7.56 inches. Fingleton was a star at Holy Name Central Catholic High School after moving from England to Worcester, Mass., in the late 1990s, and he later went on to play college ball at North Carolina and Holy Cross.

The 33-year-old took up acting after bouncing around…

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