(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 (near Philadelphia) where he hosted his own children's show as Captain Philadelphia 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 sports commentator, usually appearing as himself. Aside from the Rocky
series, Nahan is also remembered for a brief appearance in Fast Times at Ridgemont High
in which he interviews the character Jeff Spicolli (played by Sean Penn
) in a dream sequence. He also had a bit part in the 1971 TV movie Brian's Song
, as the speaker who introduced Gale Sayers
at the awards banquet where Sayers was named Rookie of the Year.
Los Angeles television market
Nahan was a sports anchor in the Los Angeles television market for roughly 30 years, with KABC-TV
(1977–86) and KTLA
(1988–99). He also spent time with radio stations KABC
, and KFWB
. He was involved with the Los Angeles Dodgers
' pregame show, from which he retired after the 2004 season.
His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is at 6549 Hollywood Blvd.