Former Agent Jerry Martin Dies at 80

His clients included Ava Gardner, Betty Grable, Alice Faye and Mae West.

Jerry Martin, a former agent at WMA, died Dec. 16 in his sleep at his home in Santa Monica. He was 80.

Martin’s clients included actresses Ava Gardner, Betty Grable, Alice Faye, Gwen Verdon and Mae West. The Philadelphia native also worked at Henderson Hogan, International Famous Agency and the Fifi Oscard Agency, and before that he headed the tour guide staff at NBC in New York.

Martin served in the U.S. Navy and asked that his ashes be taken out to sea. A celebration of his life is being planned. Donations in his name can be made to two charities, the Morris Animal Foundation and Actors and Others for Animals.