Bernie Casey, the former NFL star known for his work in the movies “Boxcar Bertha” and “Revenge of the Nerds,” passed on Tuesday in Los Angeles after a short sickness, Variety has confirmed. He was 78.
Casey influenced his film to make a big appearance in the 1969 continuation “Guns of the Magnificent Seven.” He at that point acted nearby kindred former NFL star Jim Brown in the wrongdoing shows “… tick… tick… tick… ” and “Dark Gunn.”
He assumed the title part in the 1972 sci-fi TV film “Gargoyles,” and afterward depicted Tamara Dobson’s affection enthusiasm for 1973’s “Cleopatra Jones.”
Casey composed, coordinated, created, and featured in “The Dinner,” a 1997 film fixating on three dark men who talk about bondage, dark self-hatred, and homophobia.
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That same year, he approximately depicted a variant George Jackson, an individual from the Black Panther Party who was slaughtered, in the show “Siblings.”
In Martin Scorsese’s “Boxcar Bertha,” he played a brave former slave and prepare looter, and after that a repeating character in Bond films, CIA specialist Felix Leiter.
In 1981, he depicted an investigator inverse another former NFL player-turned-on-screen character, Burt Reynolds, in “Sharky’s Machine,” which was coordinated by Reynolds.
The two cooperated a couple of years after the fact on “Lease a-Cop.”
His prolific acting career also included films such as “Revenge of the Nerds,” “Black Chariot,” “The Man Who Fell to Earth,” “In the Mouth of Madness,” “The Glass Shield,” “Mr. Hyde,” “Once Upon a Time … When We Were Colored,” and “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka.” On television, he was in “Roots: The Next Generations,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” and “Bay City Blues.”
Casey was conceived in Wyco, W.Va., and brought up in Columbus, Ohio, before going to Bowling Green State University on a football grant.
There, notwithstanding his football triumphs, he was a record-breaking olympic style events competitor, and contended in the 1960 U.S. Olympic trials.
He was picked ninth in general in the NFL draft, and went through six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers preceding heading off to the Rams for a long time.
He resigned at age 30 and completed his expert profession with 359 gets for 5,444 yards and 40 touchdowns.
Subsequent to leaving the NFL, he fiddled with acting, painting, and verse. Casey got a privileged doctorate degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
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He pushed for expressions training and filled in as executive of the board at the Georgia school.
Casey was both a distributed writer and painter, whose work showed up in displays over the globe.