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Hervé Villechaize

Tattoo in Fantasy Island

Photos Hervé Villechaize Birth name: Hervé Jean-Pierre Villechaize
Birth date: 1943/04/23
Date of death : 1993/09/04 (50 years old)
Birth place : Paris (France)
Height: 1.19 m
Salary : $25,000 par épisode de l'Ile Fantastique

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Biography for Hervé Villechaize

Hervé Villechaize was born in Paris on April 23, 1943. He stopped growing very early and his father (who was a surgeon) tried to find a cure by visiting several doctors and hospitals. But there was none, so Hervé had to live with his small height and also with undersized lungs. He studied at the Beaux-Arts in Paris and made an exhibition of his own paintings, which were well received. At 21, he left France for the USA where he continued to paint and to make photographs. He also started to participate in some movies and was quickly offered several roles for plays and then for cinema. His first big success was The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) where he was a killer associated to the villain Scaramanga (played byChristopher Lee). He inspired the TV-series "Fantasy Island" (1978) where he took the role of Tattoo, the faithful servant of Mr. Roarke (Ricardo Montalban). This series was a great success and thanks to it Villechaize became famous and rich, mostly because of his enigmatic and charming smile.

In 1983 he argued with the producers of the show in order to earn as much money as Montalban but instead, he was fired; he also lost his model-actress wife. The series continued without him but stopped one year later, when the media response meter decreased because of the lack of Tattoo's character!

Villechaize became alcoholic and depressed, so he missed several roles that he was offered. His health problems also increased (mostly suffering from ulcers and a spastic colon), and he nearly died of pneumonia in 1992. On the afternoon of Saturday September 4th, 1993, after having watched a movie, he wrote a note and made a tape recording before shooting himself in his backyard. His common-law wife Kathy Self discovered his body and called the ambulance which took him to the Medical Center of North Hollywood where he died at 3:40 pm. Villechaize was cremated and his ashes were scattered off Point Fermin, in Los Angeles.


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Title Role
The Carol Burnett Show (1991) TV Series Skit characters
Two Moon Junction (1988) Smiley
The Telephone (1988) (voice) Voice on the Freeway
Airplane II: The Sequel (1982) Little Breather
Forbidden Zone (1980) King Fausto of the Sixth Dimension
Fantasy Island (1978) TV Series Tattoo (1978-1983)
The One and Only (1978) Milton Miller
Return to Fantasy Island (1978) (TV) Tattoo
Hot Tomorrows (1977) Alberict
Fantasy Island (1977) (TV) Tattoo
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) (as Herve Villechaize) Nick Nack
Crazy Joe (1974) Samson
Seizure (1974) Spider, the dwarf
Malatesta's Carnival of Blood (1973) Bobo
Greaser's Palace (1972)
The Last Stop (1972) Deputy
The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight (1971) Beppo
Item 72-D: The Adventures of Spa and Fon (1970) Spa
Chappaqua (1966) (uncredited) Midget


Committed suicide in North Hollywood, California. Died of self-inflicted gunshot wound.

He lived in North Hollywood on W. Killion Street.

Famous for the line "The plane! The plane!" that he said in each episode of "Fantasy Island" (1978) with his French accent.

Was of Filipino ancestry.

The reason for his suicide was not career woes, as is commonly believed, but because he was in nearly constant pain as his body aged. While small externally, his internal organs were of normal size, and crowded each other over the years. In his last months, he had to sleep in a kneeling position, because lying down made it impossible to breathe.

Became involved with children's charities during his heyday, including opening a halfway house for runaways and troubled youths. He enjoyed helping children, who found it easy to relate to him because of his height.

Used to share a room with actor/director/writer Matthew Bright.


Spouse : Camille Hagen (1980 - 1981) (divorced)

Author of the card

  • Creation date: 01/07/2003 by misou
  • Last update: 01/05/2007 by abdest

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