The article below is posted with permission from Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Local 706.
After serving in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict, Del Acevedo applied for the make-up apprenticeship program, was accepted and trained under Monte Westmore and Ray Romero from 1955-1958. He worked at the major studios and became a full member of Local 706 in 1958. His résumé listed almost 80 credited feature films and television productions, but there are undoubtedly hundreds for which he was not credited. Del learned the secret of never turning work down, no matter the location or the wages offered. He worked on everything.
In the early days of television, he was busy on Death Valley Days with Ronald Reagan, and he was Steve McQueen’s make-up artist on The Sand Pebbles. He was George C. Scott’s make-up artist on more than 25 productions beginning in 1971 for 37 years. He won three Primetime Emmys and was nominated for five more.
Del was truly generous with his extensive knowledge of the make-up craft and would kindly encourage and teach the fine points to anyone who would take the time to learn. He believed that our trade secrets should be kept close to the vest, but would share them with any member who wanted to learn. He was always at craft meetings, learning the newest techniques, and he was incredibly talented with every phase of the craft from beauty to prosthetics. Imagine if you will, a résumé that lists The Deer Hunter, The Poseidon Adventure, Masda (TV MiniSeries), The Thorn Birds (miniseries), Beauty and the Beast, Darby O’Gill and the Little People, King Kong, Patton and Myra Breckinridge. He wasn’t always the department head, but he worked on all the good shows and traveled the world.
Since 1959, Del served the Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild in various elected and appointed positions and was at the top of his craft for more than 50 years. He served two terms as president, as well as vice president, was a convention delegate and was on the Executive Board for decades.
He was also the unofficial Parliamentarian and always available to help sort out the complexities of Roberts Rules of Order. During his time as president, it was a time of historical changes within our union – women were being sworn in as make-up artists, men were becoming hair stylists and the departments began to change with the first of the “30 day Wonders.”
Del loved his union and provided a spirit of giving that never ceased. He was responsible for Executive Board and Board of Trustees members receiving a reduction in their dues for service to the Local. He served on the Welfare Committee and Deb Star Ball, and twice helped to re-vamp the Local 706 Constitution and By-Laws. In 2006 Del Acevedo was honored as a past officer and received a beautiful recognition statue. The walls of the Local 706 offices are decorated with some wonderful photos of him at work.
Whenever he was not working he volunteered his time at the Motion Picture Television Fund and was often seen delivering mail to the residents. He also volunteered at the Veterans Administration. For his relaxation he was an avid fisherman and golfer.
One of the most beloved and admired members of this local, Del was married to his sweetheart Janice for more than 50 years until her recent passing. They had four children, Patti, Terri, Jon and Mike and 11 grandchildren. We have been told by the family there are going to be no services. We will miss our dear Del and will share wonderful memories he gave us all.