Pioneering computer designer and father of Steven Spielberg, Arnold Spielberg, 103, dies

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  • Pioneering computer designer and engineer, Arnold Spielberg, has died at the age of 103.
  • Arnold was the father of Steven Spielberg; he pushed his son to go into filmmaking.
  • Steven, along with his siblings, said their father taught them to "love to research, expand their mind, keep their feet on the ground, but reach for the stars".


Arnold Spielberg, the father of director Steven Spielberg, has died. He was 103 years old.

According to Variety, Arnold died of natural causes on Tuesday, 25 August, with Steven was by his side.

Arnold, who was an engineer and computer designer, also had three daughters: Anne, Nancy and Sue. The four siblings said in a joint statement upon their father’s death that he taught them to "love to research, expand their mind, keep their feet on the ground, but reach for the stars [and] look up".

"Thank you for my life. I love you, Dad, Daddy, Daddelah. And then so then, and then so then, what happens next…" they reportedly said to him at his bedside.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Arnold, who also encouraged his son to become a director, helped design the GE-225 mainframe computer that enabled researchers to develop the coding tool which ushered in the era of personal computers.

A pioneer in his field, he also assisted Steven in making various films including Firelight, when Steven was just 17 years old, which he says was a forerunner to Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which he also built the special effects for.

A communications chief in the US Army, he also inspired Steven to direct Saving Private Ryan in 1998.

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