Richard Wilson, an administrator for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences who served as keeper of the Oscar statuettes, died Friday of an apparent heart attack at his home in West Hollywood. He was 46.
An Academy employee since 1988, Wilson began there as assistant to program coordinator Doug Edwards, moving to the executive offices in 1991.
In 1998 Wilson opened the Academy’s first New York office, which he ran for two years before returning to the Beverly Hills office, where he served as executive assistant to the Academy president (including Karl Malden, Robert Rehme, Arthur Hiller and Frank Pierson) and to executive director Bruce Davis.
As keeper of the Oscar statuettes, Wilson logged the whereabouts of previously awarded statuettes, ordered and maintained the inventory of unpresented Oscars, managed their distribution backstage at each year’s awards presentation and coordinated the personalization of the blank statuettes for each year’s winners.
Wilson is survived by his father and a brother.
A memorial service is pending.