Fantasy Island - Tropical Island featured on the
prime time drama FANTASY ISLAND/ABC/1978-84.
Fantasy Island was
the Mecca for those who wanted to live out their life long fantasies
but only at the exclusive invitation of its owner, Mr. Roarke
(Ricardo Montalban), a mysterious man dressed in white. When
incoming airplanes filled with the latest arrivals were seen on the
horizon, Roarke's assistant Tattoo (Herve Villechaize) rang the bell
in the tower of Roarke's Victorian estate and yelled "De Plane, De
The island guests were greeted by a bevy of beautiful girls
clad in sarongs who handed out leis and festive drinks with tropical
flowers in them. Lawrence (Christopher Hewett) later replaced
Establishing shots of Fantasy Island were scenes of coastal
islands off southern California.
FANTASY ISLAND returned to ABC in
the fall of 1998 with Malcolm McDowell as the now more sinister Mr. Roarke.
The new Mr. Roarke had three employees: Cal (Edward Hibbert) the
hotel concierge, Harry (Louis Lombardi) the bellhop, and Ariel (Madchen
Amick), a shape-shifting woman who can become anything the island's
patrons desire. Two elderly travel agents, Fisher and Clia (played
by Fyvush Finkel and Sylvia Sidney) now booked the trips to Fantasy
The new series
was filmed on Oahu on the northeast side of
the island and is the site for the hotel that houses Mr. Roarke's
guests. A photograph of Mr. Roarke's former pint-sized protégé
Tattoo is displayed in the lobby of the hotel.
See also - HOMES & MANSIONS:
"Fantasy Island Cottage"
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