Mayor Koch Appeared In Numerous Movies, TV Shows
In addition to being the mayor of New York City for twelve years, Ed Koch graced both the big and small screen with his one-of-a-kind personality, and he did it in his own unique way, appearing in over 60 movies and TV shows. NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following report.
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Back in 1983, Ed Koch was the first New York City mayor to ever host "Saturday Night Live". He went on to appear on the long-running comedy show four additional times.
Koch was also the judge on "The People's Court" for a couple of seasons back in the late '90s, where, in typical Koch fashion, he didn't mince words.
Ed Koch also had a memorable appearance walking the Gucci runway during New York Fashion Week in an episode of "Sex And The City".
He was a welcome guest on numerous film sets, appearing in such motion pictures as "The Muppets Take Manhattan".
He appeared opposite Robert Duvall in the crime thriller "We Own The Night", and he got all tied up in the comedy "The Hebrew Hammer".
He was a frequent commentator in documentaries, such as "Making The Boys", which explored the legacy of the first mainstream, gay-themed movie "The Boys In The Band". HE also commented in the documentary "American Swing", which examined the notorious on-premise sex club Plato's Retreat.
The mayor's signature line was even parodied in writer/director Spike Lee's classic "Do The Right Thing".
Koch was a frequent commercial pitchman, and, believe it or not, a long-running movie critic.
Koch, already an animated character in real life, was transformed into claymation form in a 1983 Oscar-winning short film that parodies the classic tune "New York, New York".
On the day he died, a documentary, simply called "Koch", which looked at his life and times, opened in movie theatres.