Howard W. Koch (Howard Winchel Koch)
BiographyNew York City, New York, USA
Getting his start in the movie business in Universal's contract and playdate department in New York City, Howard W. Koch moved on to 20th Century-Fox as a film librarian and then entered production as second assistant director on The Keys of the Kingdom (1944). After many films as assistant director, Koch joined forces with his professional benefactor Aubrey Schenck and Edwin F. Zabel to strike a three-picture production deal with United Artists that was to start with the western War Paint (1953). The success of these pictures opened up the deal for more UA films by Koch, Schenck and Zabel (Bel-Air Productions). Read more... With Schenck, Koch produced TV's Miami Undercover (1961) and also worked as a director on such series as Maverick (1957), Hawaiian Eye (1959), Cheyenne (1955) and The Untouchables (1959). From 1961 to 1964 Koch was vice-president in charge of production for Sinatra Enterprises; among his many executive-producer credits during this period was the chilling The Manchurian Candidate (1962). He became the production head at Paramount in 1964 and then shifted gears two years later to form his own production unit, which supplied major features to Paramount for years. By all accounts one of the best-loved men in Hollywood, Koch was a recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 1990 Oscarcast.