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Koch, Howard

Born: 1902 AD
Died: 1995 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Screenwriter

1902 – Born on December 2nd in New York, New York.

1938 – Koch also wrote the radio script for Orson Welles’s production of "The War of the Worlds," which dramatized a Martian landing and invasion of New Jersey, which generated a nationwide panic.

1940-1948 –  Among the many films that Howard Koch wrote or co-wrote are The Sea Hawk directed by Michael Curtiz, his great adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s play The Letter directed by William Wyler, In This Our Life directed by John Huston (his assignment right before Casablanca), and the memorable Letter from an Unknown Woman directed by Max Ophüls, and starring Joan Fontaine and Louis Jourdan.

         – He was awarded the Academy Award for his script of what is perhaps the greatest film of all time, Casablanca.

1950 – Howard Koch’s career suffered greatly when he was blacklisted.

1956 – In The Intimate Stranger, a film directed by Robert Losey, he had to use the pseudonym Peter Howard in order to get his work on the screen.

1995 – Died of pneumonia on August 17th in Woodstock, New York.