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Newt Arnold (February 22, 1922 – February 12, 2000) was an American film director, producer and screenwriter. Arnold directed Bloodsport, which was released in 1988 and has since become a cult film[1] and several other screen works. Arnold was the two-time recipient of the Directors Guild of America Award for his work as an assistant director of The Godfather Part II and 12 Angry Men.


Early lifeEdit

Born in Palo Alto, California, Arnold earned a bachelor's degree at Stanford University and postgraduate scholarships in the Banff School of Fine Arts and the University of London.[2] He received a master's degree from University of California, Los Angeles.


In film, Arnold was initially an assistant director particularly in The Ballad of Josie, The Way West, The Devil's Brigade and The Green Berets.[2] Arnold's screen career spanned forty-five years and also included work on television films, miniseries and commercials.[2] For his work as first assistant director of The Godfather Part II he received the Directors Guild of America Award.[2] Arnold received a second Directors Guild of America Award for his work in 12 Angry Men,[2] a remake of the 1957 film with the same title. His directing work on Masada and the miniseries Peter the Great was also praised by critics.[2]

Arnold also directed Hands of a Stranger (1962), Blood Thirst (1971), Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1986) and Countess Dracula's Orgy of Blood (released posthumously in 2003).[3]


Arnold died of leukemia on February 12, 2000 in his home in Encino, California.[2] He was survived by his wife and two sons, Jonathan and Evan.[2]


  1. ^ Serafino, Jason (2012-08-16). "The Must-See Action Movies From The Stars Of "The Expendables 2"". Complex. Retrieved 2015-01-24.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Myrna Oliver (February 22, 2000). "Newt Arnold; Award-Winning Filmmaker". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  3. ^ "Newt Arnold". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 9, 2016.