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Also Known As: Howard Winchel Koch, Howard Koch Died: February 16, 2001
Born: April 11, 1916 Cause of Death: complications from Alzheimer's disease
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: producer, executive, director, assistant cutter, second assistant director, runner

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Veteran Hollywood producer who began his career as an assistant cutter at 20th Century-Fox. Koch began turning out films in the 1950s, acted as a producer for Frank Sinatra Enterprises from 1961 to 1964 and has enjoyed a long-term association with Paramount Pictures, where he was vice president in charge of production from 1964 to 1966. Son Howard W. Koch Jr., (born 1945) is also a producer ("Heaven Can Wait" 1978, "Gorky Park" 1983, etc.).

Veteran Hollywood producer who began his career as an assistant cutter at 20th Century-Fox. Koch began turning out films in the 1950s, acted as a producer for Frank Sinatra Enterprises from 1961 to 1964 and has enjoyed a long-term association with Paramount Pictures, where he was vice president in charge of production from 1964 to 1966. Son Howard W. Koch Jr., (born 1945) is also a producer ("Heaven Can Wait" 1978, "Gorky Park" 1983, etc.).

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DIRECTOR:

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  Badge 373 (1973) Director
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  The Hired Hand (1971) Assistant Director
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  Born Reckless (1959) Director
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  The Last Mile (1959) Director
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  Fort Bowie (1958) Director
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  Violent Road (1958) Director
7.
  Frankenstein--1970 (1958) Director
8.
  Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958) Director
9.
  Bop Girl Goes Calypso (1957) Director
10.
  Jungle Heat (1957) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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Began film career in Universal's contracts department, in NYC; then in 20th Century-Fox's film library
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Worked as assistant cutter for 20th Century-Fox
1945:
First film as second assistant director, "The Keys of the Kingdom"
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Assistant director at Fox, Eagle Lion, MGM
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Worked as freelance 2nd unit director
1953:
Joined Aubrey Schenck Productions
1961:
Producer for Frank Sinatra Enterprises
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Vice president in charge of production, Paramount Pictures
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TV producing debut, "Miami Undercover" series
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President, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
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National Board, Directors Guild of America
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Notes

"I have been in the motion picture industry for 56 years. I've produced and directed many, many films, and at one time I was president of Paramount Pictures. I've had the most wonderful career in the motion picture industry. There is not much I haven't done, I never look back. I love what I'm doing today and I hope I can continue to do it for many years to come. I believe with all my heart that you can't make a great movie unless there are strong relationships between the producer, the diredtor, writer, cast, and crew down to the third A.D."--Howard W. Koch (quoted in Eastman Motion Picture Films ad, VARIETY, March 16, 1992)

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wife:
Ruth Koch. Married in 1937.

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daughter:
Melinda Frances Blinken. Born in 1939.
son:
Howard W Koch Jr. Producer. Born in 1945; changed name in 1995 to Hawk Koch.
grandson:
William Koch. Actor.

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