Hervé Villechaize

Birth Name: Hervé Jean-Pierre Villechaize

Date of Birth: 23 April, 1943

Place of Birth: Paris, France

Date of Death: September 4, 1993

Place of Death: North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Ethnicity: French, Italian, possibly other

Hervé Villechaize was a French and American actor and artist. He is known for playing Tattoo on the show Fantasy Island.

Hervé was born in Paris, France, and was the son of Evelyn (Recchionni) and André Villechaize, a surgeon. He moved to the U.S. in the mid 1960s. He was a dwarf.

Hervé was sometimes said to have had Filipino ancestry. It does not appear that this was accurate.

Hervé’s paternal grandfather was François Villechaize (the son of Marie Léonard Villechaize and Philomène Colombier). François was born in Saint-Junien.

Hervé’s paternal grandmother was named Jeanne Ponvien. Jeanne was born in Tulle.

Hervé’s maternal grandfather was evidently named Emilio/Emidio Recchioni.

Hervé’s maternal grandmother was evidently named Dolores Kathan.

Source: Genealogy of Hervé Villechaize (focusing on his father’s side) – https://gw.geneanet.org

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