He would eventually sell his Power Ranch in the Valley and move into a less than reputable rent-house in North Hollywood.His collapsing career and deteriorating health would eventually force Herve to explore a life with the bottle.At the age of 18 he became the youngest artist to ever have his work displayed in the prestigious Museum of Paris.Herve's road to further fame and success would take its first hairpin turn when, after a night of heavy boozing, he attacked a painting with a knife.Fantasy Island Hoping to capitalize on the momentum he experienced with the success of his role in the James Bond thriller, Herve would move to California, where he worked sporadically until he eventually hooked up with Aaron Spelling.Spelling would cast him opposite Ricardo Montalban on a 1977 ABC Movie of the Week pilot called would run for six seasons, from 1978-1983, making a household name out of his character known as 'Tattoo' and injecting his heavily accented "de plane, de plane" into American pop culture.
Assuming the caller to be a rival suitor for the affection of his girlfriend, Herve would eventually purchase a handgun.
Herve Jean Pierre Villechaize was born on April 23, 1943 in Paris, France.
His father, a doctor and resistance fighter during the German occupation of France during World War II, noticed early on that something wasn't quite right with his youngest* son.
On one particular night, following another two-bottle bender, Herve became enraged, brandished his shiny new piece, and threatened to shoot it.
It would take several friends and family members to eventually calm him down.