Arnold Spielberg, the father of director Steven Spielberg, died surrounded by his family in Los Angeles on Tuesday at the age of 103.
Spielberg, born in 1917, graduated in electrical engineering after serving as a radio operator and communications chief for the 490th Bomb Squadron during World War II.
He became a computer designer who helped create the GE-225 mainframe, which led to personal computers, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
He also worked for General Electric and IBM.
“When I see a PlayStation, when I look at a cell phone – from the smallest calculator to an iPad – I look at my dad and say, ‘My dad and a team of geniuses started this,'” Steven Spielberg, 73 , said of his father, according to Variety.
Steven Spielberg and his three sisters, Anne, Nancy and Sue, said in a statement their father taught them to “love to research, broaden their minds, keep their feet on the ground, but reach for the stars.” [and] look up, ”according to the journalist.
The director said his father also helped him with the first feature film he ever made at the age of 17 called “Firelight,” which was shown in a movie theater in 1964 and he said that his father’s experiences during the war had inspired him to realize “Saving Private Ryan.” ”
In 2012, he received the USC Shoah Foundation Institute’s first Inspiration Award for his work in the 1990s in creating a system to preserve the recorded testimonies of thousands of Holocaust survivors. The Shoah Foundation was founded by Steven Spielberg.
In addition to his four children, Arnold Spielberg is survived by four stepchildren; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren, according to The Reporter.
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Steven Spielberg is an Oscar-winning director of “Saving Private Ryan” and “Schindler’s List”. He has also directed “Jurassic Park”, “Jaws”, the “Indiana Jones” series and dozens of other classics.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.