Longtime Los Angeles sportscaster Stu Nahan, also familiar to movie fans for his appearances in the series of “Rocky” films, died Wednesday in Studio City. He was 81.
He had battled lymphoma since being diagnosed in January 2006.
Nahan started doing nightly sports reports in Los Angeles on KABC-TV, moved to KNBC-TV in 1977 and to KTLA-TV in 1988.
He retired from TV in 1999 and most recently did pre- and post-game radio shows for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Among his other jobs, Nahan at one time worked telecasts of the Los Angeles Kings’ NHL games.
Nahan was a goalie at McGill College in Montreal and was signed by the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs in 1946. He played for the minor league Los Angeles Monarchs, but his playing career ended when the Monarchs folded in 1952.
He began his broadcasting career in radio, doing play-by-play for a minor league baseball team in Modesto. He began his first nightly sports reports on a Sacramento television station. Nahan also hosted a children’s TV program there, as “Skipper Stu.” He later moved to Philadelphia, where he was “Captain Philadelphia” on another children’s show, and did play-by-play for the NHL’s Flyers and the NFL’s Eagles.
He returned to California in 1968 and started his long run as a sportscaster in Los Angeles.
In addition to the Rocky films, Nahan also appeared in the movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and the telepic “Brian’s Song.”
He is survived by his wife, Sandy; a daughter and two sons; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.