Hervé Villechaize – A Little Man That Made A Big Impression With The Ladies!
By | November 2, 2017
Hervé Jean-Pierre Villechaize was a most unique and interesting actor and artist at heart. While he had a strong affinity for the Arts, especially acting and painting, he also dabbled in a little modeling for a time early on. Villechaize enjoyed world-wide recognition throughout his career; even being cast in movies starring Roger Moore as James Bond, the ultimate lady magnet. Although he was talented, he was very widely regarded as somewhat of a spectacle due to his physical size. Villechaize was medically considered to be a Dwarf due to an endocrine disorder but preferred to be called a midget for some reason. Ironically, his father was a doctor and devoted his career to finding a cure for the disorder but never did.
While Villechaize appeared in other notable films, he was probably best known for his portrayal of the character, Tattoo, on the television series, “Fantasy Island.” He was the unexpected, but not necessarily unpleasant, sidekick of Mr. Roarke (Ricardo Montalban). The two of them would welcome people week after week to Fantasy Island to make all their dreams come true. If you remember the show, you remember that Villechaize coined the popular “Fantasy Island” catchphrase, "De plane! De plane!"