Reagan look-alike, ex-NYPD officer, dies after cancer battle

first_img“Mr. Koch was a staple at many of the library’s community events, helping families celebrate Presidents Day and the Fourth of July,” said Melissa Giller, a library spokeswoman. “He will be missed.” Koch’s wife, Sylvia, submitted his photo without his knowledge to a National Enquirer look-alike contest in 1980, and he won. He learned to imitate Reagan’s speaking voice with dead-on signature lines like “Well, there you go again,” his daughter said. Koch met Reagan at his Century City office in 1994. “Jay, I hear you’ve been doing the Gipper,” the former president said as he shook his hand, according to Koch’s daughter. Julius Koch Jr. was born Feb. 25, 1926, in Rechnitz, Austria, and immigrated to the United States with his parents when he was 3. After graduating from high school in New York, he joined the Navy during World War II. PORT HUENEME – Jay Koch, a former New York police officer who doubled as a look-alike for former President Ronald Reagan in movies and public appearances, has died. He was 81. Koch, who had been battling cancer, died March 19 of heart failure at his Port Hueneme home, his daughter Maureen Foster said. Koch, who perfected the Gipper’s aw-shucks smile, portrayed Reagan in “Back to the Future Part II” and “Hot Shots! Part Deu.” He was known to thousands of people who attended holiday celebrations over the years at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, where he appeared as one of the presidential look-alikes. He joined the New York Police Department and walked a beat, retiring in 1969 with the rank of sergeant.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more