“Norman Brokaw, who went from mailroom to mogul during a lifetime spent at the William Morris Agency, has died. He was 89,” Billboard reports. “Brokaw, who had a decades-long, fruitful association with the now-embattled Bill Cosby while also representing the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Barbara Stanwyck and Clint Eastwood, died Saturday (Oct. 29) in Beverly Hills after a long illness, according to Brokaw’s son, David.”
As the driving force behind WMA’s television department in the 1950s, “Brokaw convinced a skeptical Hollywood to get into the small-screen business, a decision that opened up lucrative new avenues for his Oscar-winning client, actress Loretta Young, and others,” the report adds.
Brokaw became president and CEO of WMA in 1989, adding the title of chairman two years later. He received the Governors Award from the TV Academy in 2010.
Billboard adds: “Brokaw branched the agency into such unexplored areas as sports (Mark Spitz, Henry Aaron), politics (Gerald and Betty Ford, Alexander Haig, Nancy Pelosi) and news (Oliver North, Marcia Clark), realizing that talent could be unearthed from just about anywhere.”