Vito Lingardo, a former real estate broker who had a second career as an actor, died Sept. 27 of complications from a stroke in Fallbrook. He was 88.
Immigrating from Italy at age 16, Lingardo worked in coal mines in Pennsylvania and then for the Cincinnati Railway Co.
In 1933, he became involved in helping organize the Screen Actors Guild in Hollywood. He was forced to return to Cincinnati after being blacklisted in Hollywood as a result of his union activities.
He then became a self-employed real estate broker for the next 40 years.
After retiring from real estate in 1978, Lingardo moved to California and found fairly steady work as a bit actor in numerous movies and commercials.
Lingardo is survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.