(June 23, 1926 – December 26, 2007) was an American sportscaster
best known for his television broadcasting career in Los Angeles
from the 1950s through the 1990s. He is also remembered for his role as a boxing commentator in most of the Rocky
films. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
on May 25, 2007. Nahan had battled lymphoma
, a form of cancer, since being diagnosed in January 2006.
Early life and career
A native of Los Angeles, Nahan moved at age 2 with his mother to Canada
, where he grew up playing ice hockey
A star goalie
at McGill University
in Montreal, he signed a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs
of the National Hockey League
in 1946. He was assigned to the minor-league Los Angeles Monarchs, who through the early 1950s played at the Pan Pacific Auditorium
Nahan originally began working on a children's television program, appearing as "Skipper Stu" in Sacramento
in the 1950s. He also worked for KCRA
in Sacramento as a sportscaster.
Nahan later moved to Haddonfield, NJ
) where he hosted his own children's show as Captain Philadelphia, dressed in an astronaut outfit, on the now defunct WKBS-TV
. During this stint, Nahan also provided the play-by-play commentary for the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers
at WTAF, working alongside Gene Hart.
In the mid-to-late 1970s, Nahan began working in the movie industry. He always played a... Read More