Hervé Jean-Pierre Villechaize (French: [??ve vil??z]; April 23, 1943 – September 4, 1993) was a French American actor.
He is best remembered for his roles as the evil henchman, Nick Nack, in the 1974 James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun, and for playing Mr.
Roarke's assistant, Tattoo, on the 1977–1984 American television series Fantasy Island, where his catch phrase was "Ze plane! Ze plane!"
Villechaize was born in Paris, France, on April 23, 1943, to English-born Evelyn (Recchionni), and André Villechaize, a surgeon in Toulon.
The youngest of four sons, Villechaize was born with dwarfism, likely due to an endocrine disorder, which his surgeon father tried unsuccessfully to cure in several institutions.
In later years, he insisted on being called a "midget" rather than a "dwarf".
Villechaize was bullied at school for his condition and found solace in painting.
He also had a brief modeling career.
In 1959, at age 16, he entered the École des Beaux-Arts to study art.
In 1961, he became the shortest artist ever to have his work displayed in the Museum of Paris.In 1964, Villechaize left France for the United States.
He settled in a Bohemian section of New York City and taught himself English by watching television.