His keen eye spotted a struggling actor named Sylvester Stallone by an elevator and promised to make him the biggest star in the world. Almost thirty years ago Nanas gave up a promising career at the William Morris Agency to personally manage a young comedian who was considered by many to be too unconventional to ever become a star. Nanas saw genius in this eclectic, eccentric artist who refused to compromise his craft. That was Albert Brooks, now considered one of the most original filmmakers of his generation.
Along with Stallone and Brooks, Nanas helped shape the careers of Golden Globe winner Ray Sharkey (The Idolmaker, Sonny Steelgrave (Wiseguy), Academy Award Nominee Gary Busey (The Buddy Holly Story), Roseanne Barr, Joe Penny (Jake and the Fatman), Michael Chiklis (The Commish and The Shield) and Lorenzo Lamas (Renegade).
Beside his achievements as a personal manager, as a film producer Nanas has had both commercial and critical success. His films include Rocky III, Paradise Alley, Night Hawks, Rambo: First Blood, Eye of the Tiger, Lost in America, Defending Your Life, The Scout, 2 Days in the Valley, Mother, The Muse, and No Good Deed.
Raised in The Bronx, New York, Nanas has been a resident of Los Angeles for many years.
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