The Supporting Actors

Cindy, Julie, and Lawrence were all portrayed by show-business veterans:

Kimberly Beck was Cindy.

Born January 9, 1956, Kimberly Beck got into acting early.  As a child actress, she appeared on such TV programs as “Adam-12”, “The Brady Bunch” (in two episodes, wherein she first played Marcia’s friend Laura in the episode “Getting Davy Jones”, and then a rival for Marcia’s boyfriend Jeff in “Marcia Gets Creamed”), and “Eight is Enough”. She was 23 when she made her one and only appearance on “Fantasy Island” as Cindy, on one of the two “Sunday Special” episodes.  Following that, she went on to parts in episodes of “T.J. Hooker”, “Dynasty”, and “L.A. Law”.  She is still working today.

Wendy Schaal was Julie.

The daughter of actor Richard Schaal, Wendy was born in Chicago on July 2, 1954.  Her first appearance on television was in an episode of “Welcome Back, Kotter”, at age 22, and from there she went on to rack up an impressive list of TV guest shots.  She was in “Rhoda” (which starred her onetime stepmother, Valerie Harper), “Family”, and “Little House on the Prairie” before landing the role of Vicki Allen on the short-lived series “It’s a Living”.  Simultaneously with this show, she made two guest appearances on “Fantasy Island” before being cast as Julie in the series’ fifth season.

After her stint on the island came to an end, she continued appearing in many TV shows: “The Love Boat”, “Happy Days”, “AfterM*A*S*H*”, “Knight Rider”, “Finder of Lost Loves” (which eventually took over the Saturday-night time slot that “Fantasy Island” had occupied before its cancellation), “The A-Team”, “MacGyver”, “Full House”, “Night Court”, “Northern Exposure”, “Murder, She Wrote”, “Friends”, “Star Trek: Voyager”, “The X Files”, “Boston Public” and “Six Feet Under”.  She also acted in several movies, among them Bound for Glory (1976) and The ‘burbs (1989).  Since 2005, she has had a regular role in the
animated TV series “American Dad!”.

Christopher Hewett was the final assistant, Lawrence.

This tall, mustachioed actor was born in England on April 5, 1922, and appeared in his very first play at age 7 in Ireland.  At the age of 16, he joined the Royal Air Force and was a member through 1940; during World War II, he was an air-raid warden.  But he never dropped out of show business; he was in the original stage production of “My Fair Lady”, originating the role of the oily Hungarian pretender Zoltan Karpathy, Professor Higgins’ language-maven rival.

He appeared in several movies in England—Pool of London (1951), Lavender Hill Mob (1951), and The Million-Pound Note (1953)—before immigrating to the United States in 1954.  The next year, he guest-starred in the anthology series “Robert Montgomery Presents”.  In 1968, he had a role in the film The Producers before turning to television.  He finally landed his first recurring part in a short-lived series called “Ivan the Terrible” during 1976.  After its cancellation, among other projects, he was in the “ABC After-School Specials” and “Hart to Hart” before landing the role as Lawrence.

After “Fantasy Island” left the air, he went on to other guest-starring parts in the sitcom “E/R” and “Murder, She Wrote”; in 1985, he was signed on to play the title role in the production for which he is probably best remembered, “Mr. Belvedere”, the refined English butler to a boisterous American family headed by Bob Uecker.  The show went off the air after five seasons.

Christopher Hewett was a lifelong bachelor and had no children.  On August 3, 2001, he died of complications brought about by diabetes.

Information from the Internet Movie Database website.


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