Hervé Villechaize Poster

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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 (1977) 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.

Was friends with Mary Woronov.

Best remembered by the public for his role as "Tattoo" in the TV series Fantasy Island (1977).

Adopted at the age of two by his stepfather, Andre Villechaize, according to his common law wife Kathy Self. Herve's biological father is unknown.

Due to his resemblance to Felipe González (former president of Spain between 1984-1996), Herve parodied him in a well known Spanish TV show called Viaje con nosotros (1988). In Spain he is still known as "Felipe Gonzalez's double".

Same height as David Rappaport, who also died of a self-inflicted gunshot.

Was the director's choice for the role of Gurney Halleck in Alejandro Jodorowsky's Dune.