Henry Vilardo, a journeyman make-up artist, highly-respected contract negotiator and advocate for progressive wages in the industry, dies at 92.
Vilardo began a 706 apprenticeship at Warner Bros. Studios in 1944, and worked with acting icons including James Dean, Paul Newman, Jack Lemmon, Doris Day and Sophia Loren. His credits include The Days of Wine and Roses, A Summer Place, The Young Philadelphians, Boy on a Dolphin and many more. Vilardo’s peers remember him for his negotiating abilities and integrity as a Labor Representative. He attended law school and achieved a Juris Doctorate for the purpose of becoming the best negotiator possible.
In 1974, in an attempt to secure more employment for the Hollywood production crews, he drafted language to the Producer’s Association and the United States Department of Labor regarding an Affirmative Action Program. His draft was accepted by the Producer’s Association unamended.
Vilardo retired from the Local 706 in 1974 and went on to serve on many industry boards and committees, such as the Motion Picture Pension Plan Board of Directors and the Administrative Committee. Until the early 2000s, he served as a Director for the Motion Picture Television Fund, and as a Trustee for the Motion Picture Industry Health and Pension Plan.
Vilardo is survived by his daughter Jan De La Vega and son Jon Vilardo. He is preceded in death by his wife Ruth Elaine “Stephanie” Vilardo. Memorial and burial information have yet to be released.