Trailblazing talent agent Norman Brokaw dies at age 89

Brokaw worked with Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Clint Eastwood, Gerald Ford, Alexander Haig and Bill Cosby

Norman Brokaw poses with the Governor's Award in the press room at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Norman Brokaw poses with the Governor's Award in the press room at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Norman R. Brokaw, a trailblazing agent who represented Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Clint Eastwood and other top Hollywood stars, has died at age 89.

Brokaw’s son, David, says his father died Saturday in Beverly Hills, California, after a long illness.

Brokaw ascended from the mailroom of the William Morris Agency to become its CEO in 1989. Along the way he helped steer actors to work in the fledgling television industry in the 1950s and later signed politicians such as Gerald Ford and Alexander Haig so they could chart careers after they left public service.

He also served as Bill Cosby’s agent, helping get him cast on “I Spy” and crafting deals that led to the creation of “The Cosby Show” and the comedian’s lucrative work as a pitchman.

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