Norman R. Brokaw, who served as an agent for Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Clint Eastwood, and other Hollywood stars, has passed away. He was 89.
Brokaw's son, David, confirmed to the Associated Press that his father passed away on Saturday (October 29) in Beverly Hills after suffering from a long illness.
When it came to his career, Brokaw embodied what it means to "climb up the ladder." He got his start working in the mailroom at the William Morris Agency, and eventually found himself as the chief executive in 1989.
When the television industry was still developing in the 1950s, Brokaw played a huge role in getting actors to star in television productions. He continued to work on television throughout his career, and went on to represent the producers behind "The Andy Griffith Show" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show."
Brokaw got the chance to work with many legendary stars, particularly Monroe. One of his main responsibilities was to drive her to her various auditions and appearances.
As a well-respected member of the Hollywood community, Brokaw was given a great honor in 2010. That year, the Emmys gave Brokaw the Governor's Award, which is given to honor "outstanding achievement in the arts and sciences or management of television which is either of a cumulative nature or so extraordinary and universal in nature as to go beyond the scope of the Emmy Awards presented in the categories and areas of the competition." To this date, Brokaw remains the only agent to receive the Governor's Award.
Brokaw is survived by his wife, Marguerite Longley, and his three sons and three daughters. Our prayers go out to his family and loved ones during this sad time.