Are Any Cast Members From the 1977 Drama Still Alive?

Fantasy Island entered the pop culture consciousness as two made-for-TV movies and returned as a popular ABC series airing from 1977 to 1984. It lasted long enough in the memory to earn three Fantasy Island reboots. However, none garnered the same acclaim as the original show starring Ricardo Montalban and Hervé Villechaize. Sure, the remakes speak to Hollywood’s neverending desire to mine profitable IP, but they also prove Fantasy Island still has value despite its principal cast members’ deaths years ago.

‘Fantasy Island’ is a ’70s anthology series about human’s darkest desires

‘Fantasy Island’ stars Ricardo Montalban and Hervé Villechaize in 1978 | ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images

Ricardo Montalban and Hervé Villechaize played the only two regular cast members on FantasyIsland. Montalban portrayed Mr. Roarke, the mysterious overseer of the titular location somewhere near Devil’s Island, French Guiana, in the Atlantic Ocean. (According to IMDb, the studio’s first choice for the role was Orson Welles.) Sporting a clean white suit and debonair personality, Roarke welcomes guests to the resort and offers them the opportunity to live out their fantasies for a price.

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