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Former International Vice President Gene Allen Passes

Gene Allen, a former International Vice President of the IATSE from 1979 to 1978, and for 27 years the Executive Director of Local 800, Art Directors Guild, passed away on October 7, 2015 in California. He was 97.

Gene was many things. He was a Production Designer and was nominated for an Oscar for A Star is Born and Les Girls. He won an Oscar in Art Direction for My Fair Lady. Among his many other credits as Production Designer were The Chapman Report, The Cheyenne Social Club, and At Long Last Love. He also served for three years as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the only “below the line” individual ever to so serve.

Gene was also a proud union guy – he joined Local 800 as an Art Director in 1953. And he innovated through his contributions to collectively bargained agreements for Local 800 during his long stewardship as Executive Director. He also provided important leadership to the IATSE during his tenure as an International Vice President and he served for many years and in many capacities as a Director on the Board of the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans.

Gene received numerous honors for his farsighted work as a motion picture craftsman, industry leader and union executive. All were justly deserved. His was a life fully lived and vastly consequential. He leaves many friends and admirers. 

Gene is survived by his wife Iris and his sons Pat and Mike.

Gene Allen