Arnold Spielberg, father of director Steven Spielberg, dies at 103

The father of the film director died at 103 years of natural causes.

Director Steven Spielberg, who has directed  ET the Alien, Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Jurassic Park, among others, unfortunately, lost his father, engineer Arnold Spielberg at 103 years old. The death of the Oscar winner’s father occurred on August 25. Arnold Spielberg, the father of Steven Spielberg, died this Tuesday, August 25, at the age of 103 of natural causes. According to a statement released by Variety and, the director of Jaws was with his father the night of his death.


In addition to Steven, Arnold had three daughters named Anne, Nancy, and Sue. In a joint statement, Spielberg’s children said their father taught them to love research, expand their minds, keep their feet on the ground, but reach for the stars and lookup. Arnold Spielberg was born on February 6, 1917, in Cincinnati, Ohio, and soon developed a passion for learning and innovation. At age 12, he got his first radio, which opened the doors to a lifetime of sharing stories with strangers over the airwaves.

In December 1941 he enlisted as a sergeant in the army and went on to work as a radio operator and chief of communications. When he returned from the war in 1945, he married Leah Posner, a concert pianist, and Steven was born a year later. As early as 1956 he joined General Electric.

In 2012 he was recognized by the Shoah Foundation Institute of the University of Southern California for his contributions in technology, his years of teaching, and his work in collecting testimonies to the Holocaust. Spielberg has spent his last years expanding his training online in subjects such as history, thermodynamics, or astronomy.

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Written by Facundo Martinez


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