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Hervé Villechaize

Herve Villechaize (April 23, 1943 - September 4, 1993) was a famous French actor who was born in Paris and achieved world-wide recognition with his role as Tattoo in the television series Fantasy Island (1973-1984).

Villechaize suffered from dwarfism due to a thyroid dysfunction throughout his life despite his sergeant father's attempts to cure the disease in several institutions. After receiving his initial art training in France, he left for the USA, where he continued his career as an artist and photographer.

His first movie appearance was in Chappaqua in 1966, which was followed by several films including The Man with the Golden Gun, Crazy Joe, Seizure, and The Forbidden Zone.

As a consequence of his health problems and troubles in his professional career, Villechaize became alcoholic and depressive in the last few years of his life. In 1993, he shot himself at his home and was found by his wife, Kathy Self. He died in hospital in North Hollywood, California as a result of his injuries.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Hervé Villechaize Facts

Birth Name Hervé Jean-Pierre Villechaize
BirthdayApril 23, 1943
BirthplaceParis, France
Date of deathSeptember 4, 1993 (age 50)
Height3' 11" (1m19)  How tall is Hervé Villechaize compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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