Norman Brokaw

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Norman Brokaw
Norman Robert Brokaw

April 21, 1927
Died October 29, 2016(2016-10-29) (aged 89)
Occupation Talent agent
Employer William Morris Agency
Title CEO of William Morris Agency
Board member of Helped start St. Jude, The Betty Ford Clinic, and Life Trustee of Cedars Sinai Hospital.
Spouse(s) Marguerite Longley Brokaw
Children 3
Relatives Johnny Hyde (maternal uncle)

Norman R. Brokaw (April 21, 1927 – October 29, 2016) was an American talent agent. He served as the president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the William Morris Agency. He represented Marilyn Monroe, Donna Summer, Bill Cosby, Mark Spitz, Warren Beatty, Clint Eastwood, and many more.

Early life

Norman Brokaw was born on April 21, 1927 in New York City,[1] the son of Marie and Isidore Brokaw.[1] His parents were Russian Jewish immigrants.[2] His maternal grandparents, known as the Haidaburas, were "the first Russian acrobatic dance troupe to appear on the American vaudeville stage".[1] His maternal uncle, Johnny Hyde, was the vice president of the William Morris Agency.[3]

Brokaw relocated to Los Angeles when he was a teenager.[3]


Brokaw delivered mail for the William Morris Agency in 1943, at the age of 15.[4] By the 1950s, he encouraged William Morris to get into the television business. He helped create such series as Racket Squad and Public Defender by moving 1950s film stars to television. Brokaw would go on to represent producers of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., The Dick Van Dyke Show, and The Andy Griffith Show.[5]

Brokaw was appointed as the president and CEO of the William Morris Agency in 1989.[1] He became its CEO and chairman in 1991.[3]


Brokaw was the co-founder of the Betty Ford Cancer Center.[3] He also served as its president.[3] Additionally, he served on the boards of trustees of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.[3]

Personal life and death

Brokaw was married to Marguerite Longley and had three sons and three daughters: David Brokaw, Sanford Brokaw and Joel Brokaw; daughters Barbara Brokaw, Wendy Brokaw Kretchmer and Lauren Brokaw.[6]

Brokaw died on October 29, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.[1] He was 89.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Norman Brokaw, Influential and Legendary Super-Agent, Dead at 89". The Beverly Hills Courier. October 29, 2016. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
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  3. ^ a b c d e f Dagan, Carmel (29 October 2016). "Norman Brokaw, Innovative, Powerful Agent at William Morris, Dies at 89". Variety. Michelle Sobrino. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  4. ^ Barnes, Mike (October 29, 2016). "Norman Brokaw, a Stalwart at William Morris, Dies at 89". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  5. ^ "Norman Brokaw, talent agent who represented Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, dies at 89". Los Angeles Times. 29 October 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Trailblazing talent agent Norman Brokaw dies at age 89". Washington Post. Fred Ryan. WP Company LLC. 29 October 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
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