BEVERLY HILLS—On Saturday, October 29, talent agent, Norman Brokaw died at the age of 89 at his Beverly Hills home.
Brokaw was a talent agent at William Morris Agency where he first got his start as a mailroom trainee at the agency in 1943, at the age of 15. He went on to represent A-list stars and soon became CEO at William Morris Agency. He is best known for his success helping the careers of stars including Bill Cosby, Marilyn Monroe, Clint Eastwood, and Elvis Presley.
His formula led to the creation of early television series such as “Racket Squad” and “Public Defender.” Brokaw helped Cosby land the TV show “I Spy”, and later sealed deals which led to the creation of the “The Cosby Show.”
In 2010, Brokaw’s work was recognized by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences when he was presented with their Governor’s Award. He was the only agent to receive the award.
Brokaw was involved in philanthropy. The philanthropist was on the board of directors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and held the title of Life Trustee. In 2004, he was recognized by the Cedars-Sinai’s Heart Fund and received the Steven S. Cohen Humanitarian Award.
According to JewishJournal.com, the cardiology unit was special to Brokaw due to a family history of heart attacks. Both his brother and father passed away from a heart attack, and his mother suffered from a stroke and heart attack.
According to the Associated Press, Brokaw is survived by his wife, Marguerite Longley, his three sons and three daughters.