We’re all familiar with the Shrek franchise that has led to the creation of memes, theories, and an entire fanbase. He’s loved by many, but not everyone knows what this character is based off of. The tale is based on the life of a Russian French man named Maurice Tillet, born in 1903. Maurice was a child known to have a sweet and angelic face, but at the age of seventeen he was diagnosed with a disease known as acromegaly. It caused increased bone growth in his face, hands, and feet which drew attention to him because of his oversized features and introduced him to the world of wrestling. The sport brought fame into Maurice’s life and despite his disease, he married a beautiful woman named Dorian Leigh. Just like Shrek , Maurice was also able to have his happily-ever after.