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7-foot-7 ‘Game of Thrones’ actor Neil Fingleton dies at 36

  • FILE - In this file photo dated 4, Nov. 2013, former tallest man in Britain and Game of Thrones actor Neil Fingleton who has died at the age of 36 is seen. Fingleton with a height of 7 ft 7 ins (2.3 m) played Mag The Mighty in the fantasy series and also took on roles in X-Men: First Class and Jupiter Ascending. (Geoff Caddick/PA via AP File) Geoff Caddick


Monday, February 27, 2017

LONDON (AP) — Neil Fingleton, a 7-foot 7-inch actor who played the giant Mag the Mighty in “Game of Thrones” has died at 36.

The Tall Persons Club says Fingleton, who was Britain’s tallest man, died Saturday. British media reported the cause as heart failure.

Fingleton was recognized by Guinness World Records in 2007 as the U.K.’s tallest man.

Born in northeast England in 1980, Fingleton told the Guinness records website in 2006 that “I have always been taller than everyone since I can remember.”

His height made him a basketball natural. He played high school basketball for J.P. Ricciardi at Holy Name of Worcester and played college basketball at North Carolina and the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

He went on to a short professional basketball career in the U.S. and Europe before turning to acting.

He appeared in films including “417 Ronin” and “X-Men: First Class” and in TV shows including “Doctor Who” and the hit fantasy series “Game of Thrones.”

In the “Games of Thrones” the fearsome Mag was a giant on the northern side of the great ice wall that was guarded by Lord Commander Jon Snow and the black-clad men of the Night’s Watch.