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Hervé Villechaize was beloved as "Tattoo" on "Fantasy Island" — but even before the diminutive Frenchman found fame, he was a legendary womanizer! Now a former James Bond has contributed more stories to the legend of Hervé, as Roger Moore dished the dirt during a recent appearance in London. Hervé played the deadly "Nick Nack" in the 1974 Bond thriller "The Man With the Golden Gun," and Roger revealed how his costar kept busy with prostitutes in the movie's exotic locations!
"He was a very small man," recalled Roger, "and he used to touch me and I used to say, 'Don't touch me. You are diseased.' I wasn't being cruel about his size, it was just that he was a sex maniac. He had a lust for ladies — unnatural!" Roger also revealed how Hervé kept up with his cast members in hitting the seedier clubs in the Far East!
"When we were in Hong Kong," recalled Roger, "he would find girls in girly clubs and go with a flashlight, 'You, you, not you." When the crew finished filming in Bangkok, Roger asked Herve how many women he'd slept with in the city" "He told me 35. I told him that did not count as he paid for them — but he said, 'Sometimes when I pay, they refuse!"
Herve didn't slow down his sexual obsessions when "Fantasy Island" became a hit series in 1977, either. The door to his dressing room had a sign that famously proclaimed: “Sex Instructor—First Lesson Free.”
Hervé had also enjoyed plenty of American nightlife when he first came to the U.S.A. to pursue a career as a painter. Model and actress Mary Woronov had fond memories of a pre-"Fantasy Island" Hervé helping her shock people in public.
"We’d do things like get into a crowded elevator together," she recalled, "and people would look at me because I was sort of gorgeous, right? And they would hear a little, tiny voice saying something like, 'Mary, would you f--k me now?' And I would go: 'Oh no. No, no, no.' And he’d just be there. It was hysterical. We used to turn people on that way!"
Sadly, Hervé failed in his attempts to settle down after finding fame. "I have a very healthy sex life," he boasted while marrying Camille Hagen in 1980, but the marriage ended shortly after he left "Fantasy Island" over a salary dispute.
He went back to romancing the ladies, and found a lasting girlfriend in Kathy Self — who once bragged about Herve's passion for sex while covered in chocolate pudding. "If you haven't had a chocolate-covered dwarf in your shower," laughed Kathy, "you haven't lived!"
Kathy — who stood 5'9" — was Hervé's common-law wife when he tragically killed himself with a gun on September 4, 1993. The sex-crazed celebrity had tired of his enduring health woes, and left her a touching audio tape, saying: "You know you made me feel like a giant, and that’s how I want you to remember me!"