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Sun. Jul 14th, 2024
Fantasy Island's Tattoo, portrayed by Herve Villechaize, was a career high point for a troubled and complex man.

Herve Villechaize by ABC Television, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

S20E09: Fantasy Island’s Herve Villechaize

Content note: Discussion of suicide.

For a vanishingly brief few years in the late 80s and early 90s, America fell in love with a French actor most known for his small stature and high excitement at new arrivals. When Herve Villechaize opened Aaron Spelling’s Fantasy Island with the exclamation, “The plane! The plane!” the public knew they were about to treated to another charming adventure featuring stars old and new. Unfortunately for Herve, his ego and excesses – he claimed to have slept with 35 women while filming a Bond movie in the 70s, during his first marriage – would get in the way of his continuing stardom, and increasing medical complications would rob his life of joy.

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Stacie’s Receipts

Wife of Herve Villechaize, star of ‘Fantasy Island’, files for divorce (upi.com)

Confronting ‘Fantasy Island’s’ Thorniest Legacy: Herve Villechaize, Sex, and Disabled Representation (thedailybeast.com)

The Tragic, Beautiful True Story Behind Peter Dinklage’s My Dinner with Hervé | Vanity Fair (vanityfair.com)

HERVE VILLECHAIZE DIES – The Washington Post

Hervé Villechaize: The actor who battled his own reality – The New European

Hervé Villechaize: His Sad and Tragic Life Beyond Playing “Tattoo” on TV’s Original “Fantasy Island” | Herbie J Pilato (original.newsbreak.com)

The bizarre story behind ‘Fantasy Island’ star’s final interview (nypost.com)

Anne Sadowski – First Wife of Herve Villechaize – Eleven Magazine

Roger Moore: ‘Fantasy Island’ actor Herve Villechaize was a ‘sex maniac’ | Toronto Sun

‘Don’t touch me’ Roger Moore’s horror at James Bond co-star’s ‘unnatural lusts’ | Films | Entertainment (express.co.uk)

Herve Villechaize film: TRUE story of star Roger Moore called a ‘diseased sex maniac’ (express.co.uk)

Herve Villechaize, 50, short sidekick on “Fantasy Island’ (tampabay.com)

HBO sets movie about ‘Fantasy Island’ star Herve Villechaize | AP News

TV film tells story of the pint-sized ‘Sex Instructor’ Hervé Villechaize who went from sleeping in his car to landing a life-changing role in a Bond movie | The Sun

45 years ago, this underrated TV show perfected the anthology format (inverse.com)

Memorable Guest Stars on ‘Fantasy Island’ (aarp.com)

Hervé Villechaize Net Worth: A Life of Achievements and Turmoil Impacting his Success – Media Coverage

Hervé Villechaize | mrroarkesfantasyisland

Ricardo Montalban discusses working with Herve Villechaize on “Fantasy Island” – EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG (YouTube link)

Actor Villechaize Faces Misdemeanor Charges – Los Angeles Times

 

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