Howard Bell, who worked for Hollywood movie and TV lighting firm Mole-Richardson Co. for 64 years, died Monday of natural causes at Northridge Medical Center. He was 86.

Bell began as an assemblyman on the carbon arc light product line in 1935. He worked in a variety of capacities for the company, rising to sales vice president, a post he held until his retirement in December 1997.

Bell belonged to numerous industry organizations. He joined the Intl. Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 40 in 1941, and was an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers, and a member of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Doris; two daughters; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Forest Lawn, Glendale, in the We Kirk o’ the Heather Chapel.