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Also Known As: Howard Koch Jr., Howard Koch Jr. (Hawk), Howard W Koch Jr., Howard Winchel Koch Jr. Died:
Born: December 14, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: producer, executive, director, dialogue coach

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The son of producer and studio executive Howard W. Koch, Koch was raised in the film industry, doing odd jobs on his father's sets as a child and making his own short subjects by the time he was in high school. Koch took a sabbatical from UCLA in 1964 to work for British talent agent Harold Davison before road-managing such groups as The Supremes and The Dave Clark Five.Koch got his start in the film industry as second assistant director to Sydney Pollack on "This Property Is Condemned" (1966) before assisting horror maven William Castle, including serving as dialogue coach on "Rosemary's Baby" (1968). Koch acted as assistant director on some 20 films, beginning with "The April Fools" directed by Stuart Rosenberg (1969). Among the directors he apprenticed with were Sydney Pollack ("The Way We Were", 1973), Roman Polanski ("Chinatown", 1974) and John Schlesinger ("Marathon Man", 1976).But it is as a producer and executive producer that Koch has made his mark. His first credit was "The Other Side of Midnight" (1977), and he has gone on to produce dozens of successful films with various companies. As president of Rastar Films, he supervised such films as "Peggy Sue Got Married", "Nothing in Common"...

The son of producer and studio executive Howard W. Koch, Koch was raised in the film industry, doing odd jobs on his father's sets as a child and making his own short subjects by the time he was in high school. Koch took a sabbatical from UCLA in 1964 to work for British talent agent Harold Davison before road-managing such groups as The Supremes and The Dave Clark Five.

Koch got his start in the film industry as second assistant director to Sydney Pollack on "This Property Is Condemned" (1966) before assisting horror maven William Castle, including serving as dialogue coach on "Rosemary's Baby" (1968). Koch acted as assistant director on some 20 films, beginning with "The April Fools" directed by Stuart Rosenberg (1969). Among the directors he apprenticed with were Sydney Pollack ("The Way We Were", 1973), Roman Polanski ("Chinatown", 1974) and John Schlesinger ("Marathon Man", 1976).

But it is as a producer and executive producer that Koch has made his mark. His first credit was "The Other Side of Midnight" (1977), and he has gone on to produce dozens of successful films with various companies. As president of Rastar Films, he supervised such films as "Peggy Sue Got Married", "Nothing in Common" (both 1986) and "The Secret of My Success" (1987). With Gene Kirkwood, he produced "The Idolmaker" (1980) and "Gorky Park" (1983). Koch was briefly president of production at De Laurentiis Entertainment Group before forming The Koch Company in 1989.

Koch had worked with Paramount since his very first film, and produced several projects there including the Oscar-nominated "Heaven Can Wait" (1978) and "Some Kind of Hero" (1982) before signing a first-look multi-year deal with that studio to produce films (some under The Koch Company banner and some simply through Paramount) in 1991. His first film under that agreement was the football comedy "Necessary Roughness" (1991), and he has since acted as executive producer on the hugely successful "Wayne's World" (1992) and its 1993 sequel, as well as "The Temp" (1993), the Sharon Stone thriller "Sliver" (1993), "Losing Isaiah" and "Virtuosity" (both 1995), and the Richard Gere courtroom drama "Primal Fear" (1996). In the year 2000, he acted as producer to the Ed Norton comedy "Keeping the Faith", (credited as Hawk Koch).

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Up the Sandbox (1972) 1st asst dir
2.
  something big (1971) Assistant Director
3.
  Going Home (1971) Assistant Director
4.
  Fools' Parade (1971) Assistant Director
5.
  WUSA (1970) Assistant Director
6.
  The Baby Maker (1970) Assistant Director
7.
  Getting Straight (1970) Assistant Director
8.
  The April Fools (1969) Assistant Director

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Keeping the Faith (2000) Rabbinical Professor
3.
 What Is a Producer? (2001) Interviewee
4.
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1964:
Took sabbatical from UCLA to work for British talent agent Harold Davison
:
Worked as road manager for musical acts including The Dave Clark Five and The Supremes
1966:
Worked as second assistant director on Sydney Pollack's "This Property Is Condemned"
1968:
First credit as dialogue coach on "Rosemary's Baby"
1969:
First assistant director's credit on "The April Fools"
1977:
First executive producer credit, "The Other Side of Midnight"
1980:
First producer's credit, "The Idolmaker"
:
Served as president of Rastar
1989:
First production of Koch Company Productions, "Rooftops"
1991:
Signed first-look deal with Paramount
1999:
Left Paramount
2000:
Served as producer on "Keeping the Faith" and "Frequency"
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Education

University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

Not to be confused with his father, producer Howard W Koch, or with 1930s-40s screenwriter Howard Koch (1901-1995).

Family close complete family listing

father:
Howard W Koch. Producer, director, executive. Born April 11, 1916.
mother:
Ruth Koch.
sister:
Melinda Koch Blinken. Born in March 1939.
son:
William Koch. Actor. Born in 1969; graduated Northwestern University c. 1991; wife Katherine gave birth to twin boys on July 16, 1996.
daughter:
Emily Koch. Production assistant. Born in 1972.
son:
Robert Koch.
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