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DiedFebruary 1, 2013, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
FactBooks written by Koch: [non-fiction]: Mayor (1984); Politics (1985); His Eminence and Hizzoner (1989); All The Best (1990); Citizen Koch (1992); Ed Koch on Everything (1994); Giuliani (1999); I'm Not Done Yet! (2000) [fiction]: Murder at City Hall (1995); Murder on Broadway (1996); Murder on 34th Street (1997); The Senator Must Die (1998)

Ed Koch was born in the Bronx, New York on December 12, 1924. His parents, Yetta (née Dine) and Louis Koch, were Jewish immigrants from U.S.S.R. Koch had a sister, Miriam, and a brother, Robert. Koch was raised in a Jewish household and attended public schools, graduating from the Bronx High School of Science in 1941. He then enrolled at City College of New York, but his studies were interrupted by World War II, during which he served in the U.S. Army. After the war, Koch returned to CCNY and graduated in 1945 with a bachelor’s degree in political science.

Koch began his political career as a Democrat, working as an assistant to New York City councilman William Rapfogel. He later served as a campaign manager for Robert F. Kennedy’s successful Senate campaign in 1964. In 1968, Koch ran for and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from New York’s 17th congressional district. He served in the House for nine terms, from 1969 to 1977. During his time in Congress, Koch gained a reputation as a liberal Democrat and an outspoken critic of the Vietnam War.

In 1977, Koch ran for and was elected mayor of New York City. He served three terms as mayor, from 1978 to 1989. During his time as mayor, Koch oversaw the city’s recovery from the fiscal crisis of the 1970s and helped make New York a safer and more livable city. He also helped revitalize the city’s economy and attract businesses and investment to New York. Koch was widely popular as mayor, and was reelected to office by wide margins in 1981 and 1985.

In 1989, Koch ran for reelection but was defeated by David Dinkins. After leaving office, Koch remained active in politics and public policy. He served as a visiting professor at Columbia University and New York University, and wrote a column for The New York Daily News. He also worked as an adviser to several corporations and organizations.

Koch died on February 1, 2013 at the age of 88.

During his lifetime, Koch was married twice. His first marriage, to Mary Elizabeth (Betsy) Platt, ended in divorce. Koch married his second wife, Bess Myerson, in 1976. The couple divorced in 1982. Koch had no children from either marriage.

Koch was 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and weighed 160 pounds (73 kg) during his time as mayor. He was known for his distinctive gravelly voice.

General Info

Full NameEd Koch
DiedFebruary 1, 2013, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Height1.88 m
ProfessionActor, Teacher, Lawyer, Author, Politician, Commentator, Radio personality, Food critic, Film critic
EducationNew York University School of Law, City College of New York, Malcolm X Shabazz High School


ParentsLouis Koch, Yetta Koch
SiblingsPat Koch Thaler, Harold Koch


AwardsCombat Infantryman Badge, European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal
MoviesNY77: The Coolest Year in Hell, We Own the Night, Eddie, Run for Cover, Style Wars, Cooking with B. Smith and Friends: Desserts, Sensational Cities: New York
TV ShowsThe People's Court

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1If you agree with me on nine out of twelve issues, vote for me. If you agree with me on twelve out of twelve issues, see a psychiatrist.
2[advice to Michael Bloomberg] Be yourself. Say what you believe. And don't worry about what people think.
3How'm I doing?


1Visited Phoenix Community College in Phoenix, Arizona to give a speech. He angered many people by telling them he was in support of the Bush Administration despite being a Democrat himself. [September 2003]
2With the support of municipal labor unions and the creation of the Municipal Assistance Corporation, Koch is credited with keeping the city from going into bankruptcy during the financial crisis of the mid-1970s.
3Was forced to quit City College of New York when he was drafted into the Army; CCNY awarded him his B.A. degree in 1981
4Books written by Koch: [non-fiction]: Mayor (1984); Politics (1985); His Eminence and Hizzoner (1989); All The Best (1990); Citizen Koch (1992); Ed Koch on Everything (1994); Giuliani (1999); I'm Not Done Yet! (2000) [fiction]: Murder at City Hall (1995); Murder on Broadway (1996); Murder on 34th Street (1997); The Senator Must Die (1998)
5U.S. Representative from New York (17th District 1969-1973, 18th District 1973-1977)
6The first mayor to host Saturday Night Live (1975).
7The 105th Mayor of the City of New York
8Served with the 104th Infantry Division during World War II, receiving two battle stars
9New York University Law School, 1948
10Admitted to the New York Bar [1949]
11(1978-1989) Mayor of New York City.




We Own the Night2007Mayor
Herschel Hopper: New York Rabbit2000ShortNarrator (voice)
The Happy Prince1999TV MovieHappy Prince
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1999TV SeriesThe Happy Prince
Spin City1996-1997TV SeriesEd Koch - The Judge / Speaker Rosen
The First Wives Club1996Ed Koch
City Hall1996Newscaster
Run for Cover1995The Mayor
Trading Hearts1988Tourist Husband
Hizzoner!1984TV MovieNarrator (voice)
Terrible Joe Moran1984TV MovieMoe
Such Good Friends1971First Taxi Driver (uncredited)


Slaves of New York1989special thanks - as Edward I. Koch Mayor
The Concert in Central Park1982TV Movie documentary special thanks - as Edward I. Koch Mayor of the City of New York
Arthur1981the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of: Mayor
Manhattan1979the producers gratefully acknowledge the cooperation of - as Mayor Ed Koch
Hair1979acknowledgment - as Mayor Ed Koch


Secrets of New York2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Encore with John Palmer2006TV SeriesHimself
The Lew Rudin Way2006DocumentaryHimself
Hannity & Colmes2005TV SeriesHimself
NYC TV Presents2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Daily Show2004TV SeriesHimself
Fahrenhype 9/112004Video documentaryHimself
Blueprint: New York City2003TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Hebrew Hammer2003Himself
Question Time1992-2002TV SeriesHimself
New York: A Documentary Film2001TV Series documentaryHimself - Commentator
Sex and the City2001TV SeriesHimself
Directing Eddie2001ShortHimself
The Sports Pages2001TV MovieHimself (segment "The Heidi Bowl")
Biography2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Modern Marvels1999TV Series documentaryHimself - Former NYC Mayor
NY TV: By the People Who Made It - Part I & II1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Somewhere in the City1998Himself
Charlie Rose1995-1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The People's Court1997TV SeriesHimself - the Judge (1997-1999)
Broadway Remembers1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Howard Stern: Shut Up and Listen1997Video documentaryHimself
Where's Elvis This Week?1996TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1993-1996TV SeriesHimself
Eddie1996Himself - Former Mayor of NYC
Frontline1995TV Series documentaryHimself
C.P.W.1995TV SeriesHimself
Double Rush1995TV SeriesHimself
Picket Fences1993-1995TV SeriesHimself
Tribeca1993TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1992TV SeriesHimself
Good Day New York1992TV SeriesHimself
Street Scenes: New York on Film1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
Married to It1991Himself
Die Aids-Trilogie: Positiv - Die Antwort schwuler Männer in New York auf AIDS1990DocumentaryHimself
An Amazin Era: Revised and Updated1989VideoHimself
New York Stories1989Himself (segment "Oedipus Wrecks") (as Mayor Edward I. Koch)
My Two Dads1988TV SeriesHimself
The World Is Watching1988DocumentaryHimself (in Managua with Violeta Chamorro)
Dolly1987TV SeriesHimself
Let's Go Mets1986Documentary shortHinself
The 12th Annual People's Choice Awards1986TV SpecialHimself - Presenter in Taped Message
Joan Rivers and Friends Salute Heidi Abromowitz1985TV MovieHimself (as Mayor Edward Kotch)
Key Exchange1985Himself (as Mayor Edward I. Koch)
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHimself (as Hon. Edward I. Koch)
Empire City1985Documentary Himself
The Muppets Take Manhattan1984Himself (as The Honorable Edward I. Koch)
Saturday Night Live1978-1984TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Co-Host / Himself - Host
Late Night with David Letterman1984TV SeriesHimself
Gimme a Break!1984TV SeriesHimself
Grand Central1983TV Movie documentaryHimself
Style Wars1983TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Mayor Ed Koch)
All by Myself: The Eartha Kitt Story1982DocumentaryHimself
Night of 100 Stars1982TV SpecialHimself (as Mayor Edward I. Koch)
The Concert in Central Park1982TV Movie documentaryHimself / Mayor of New York (as Howard I. Koch)
Good Morning America1980TV SeriesHimself
Dinah and Her New Best Friends1980TV SeriesHimself
Firing Line1979TV SeriesHimself
The Merv Griffin Show1978TV SeriesHimself
Barney Miller1978TV SeriesHimself
P.O.V.2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Blondie's New York and the Making of Parallel Lines2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Central Park Five2012DocumentaryHimself - Former Mayor, New York
Little Spain2011DocumentaryHimself
American Experience1999-2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Making the Boys2011DocumentaryHimself - Mayor of New York City, 1978-1989
Downtown Calling2009DocumentaryHimself
The Promise of New York2009DocumentaryHimself
Redirecting Eddie2008Himself
American Swing2008DocumentaryHimself
Boob Tube: Sex, TV and Ugly George2008Video documentaryHimself
Captured2008DocumentaryHimself - Mayor '78 - '80
Run for Your Life2008/IDocumentaryHimself
Honk for Peace2007DocumentaryHimself
Up at Lou's Fish2007DocumentaryHimself
Taxi Driver Stories2007Video documentary shortHimself - Mayor of New York City, 1978-1989 (as Edward Koch)
NY77: The Coolest Year in Hell2007TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Nyc's Swift Trip to Suckdom2016Documentary shortHimself
Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures2016DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Who Is Donald Trump?2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of Trump2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
AIDS: The Judgment of God2014Video documentaryHimself - Mayor of New York City (uncredited)
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie2012DocumentaryHimself - NYC Mayor
How to Survive a Plague2012DocumentaryHimself
The Undefeated2011DocumentaryHimself
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live2005TV Special documentaryHimself
And You Don't Stop: 30 Years of Hip-Hop2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
New City Classics2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Playboy: The Story of X1998Video documentaryHimself - Mayor of New York City (as Edward Koch)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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