Former agent to Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Clint Eastwood dies

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A trailblazing agent who represented A-List stars including Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Clint Eastwood has died aged 89.

Norman Brokaw, who also worked with politicians including former president of the US Gerald Ford, died on Saturday in Beverly Hills, California after a long illness, his son David said.

Norman ascended from the mailroom of the William Morris Agency to become its CEO in 1989.

Norman Brokaw
(Chris Pizzello/AP)

Along the way he helped steer actors to work in the fledgling television industry in the 1950s and later signed politicians such as Ford and Alexander Haig so they could chart careers after they left public service.

He also served as Bill Cosby's agent, helping to get him cast in the hit 60s TV series I Spy and crafting deals that led to the creation of The Cosby Show and the comedian's lucrative work as a pitchman.