‘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’

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