Film and television director Newt Arnold lost his battle with leukemia on Feb. 12 at his home in Encino. He was 72.

Arnold’s career spanned 45 years, encompassing film, TV and commercials. He directed the features “Bloodsport” and “Hands of a Stranger” and wrote “Bonanza” and “Matinee Theater.”

As an actor, Arnold was known for his roles in “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “D.C. Cab,” “Goonies” and “Table of Five.”

He was an assistant director for the films “The Godfather Part II” (DGA Award winner), “The Jerk,” “Blade Runner,” “Towering Inferno,” “In the Heat of the Night” “A Simple Plan” and others.

TV credits include “Twelve Angry Men” and the miniseries “Peter the Great” and “Masada.”

He worked with such directors as Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Carl Reiner, Norman Jewison and Arthur Hiller.

He was a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Writers Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild and Directors Guild of America, where he served on the AD/UPM Council for several years.

Born in Palo Alto, Arnold was a graduate of Stanford University and went on to receive his master’s from UCLA, where his thesis led him to his first job in the industry.

He is survived by his wife, Judy, and two sons.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Directors Guild of America.

In support of cancer research, donations may be made in Arnold’s name to the National Cancer Institute, Building 31, Room 11A-16, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.