Howard W. Koch
Koch in 1966
Howard Winchel Koch
April 11, 1916
|Died||February 16, 2001 84) (aged|
|Spouse(s)||Ruth Pincus Koch (1937–2001)|
|Children||2 children including Hawk Koch|
Howard Winchel Koch (April 11, 1916 – February 16, 2001) was an American producer and director of film and television.
Koch was born in New York City, the son of Beatrice (Winchel) and William Jacob Koch.His family was Jewish. He attended DeWitt Clinton High School and the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey. He began his film career as an employee at Universal Studios office in New York then made his Hollywood filmmaking debut in 1947 as an assistant director. He worked as a producer for the first time in 1953 and a year later made his directing debut. In 1964, Paramount Pictures appointed him head of film production, a position he held until 1966 when he left to set up his own production company. He had a production pact with Paramount for over 15 years.
Among his numerous television productions, Howard W. Koch produced the Academy Awards show on eight occasions. Dedicated to the industry, he served as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1977 to 1979. In 1990 the Academy honored him with The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award and in 1991 he received the Frank Capra Achievement Award from the Directors Guild of America.
Together with actor Telly Savalas, Howard Koch owned Telly's Pop, winner of several important California races for juveniles including the Norfolk Stakes and Del Mar Futurity.
Howard W. Koch suffered from Alzheimer's disease and died in Los Angeles in February 2001. He had two children from a marriage of 64 years to Ruth Pincus, who died in March 2009.In 2004, his son Hawk Koch was elected to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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Howard W. Koch (1916-2001) was born in New York City. He attended DeWitt Clinton High School in New York and Peddie Preparatory School in Hightstown, New Jersey.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
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