Revenge Of The Nerds Star & NFL Player Bernie Casey Dead At 78

Ruben Ruiz
September 22, 2017

Actor Bernie Casey of I'm Gonna Git You Sucka fame, and numerous other films, has passed away.

They included Dr Black, Mr Hyde, a 1976 horror film inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde story.

Casey was conceived in Wyco, W.Va., and brought up in Columbus, Ohio, before going to Bowling Green State University on a football grant.

Casey influenced his film to make a big appearance in the 1969 continuation "Guns of the Magnificent Seven". Casey also acted in a 1972 science fiction TV film "Gargoyles", where he played the title role; he also starred opposite African-American actress and fashion model, Tamara Dobson, in the 1973 popular movie "Cleopatra Jones", according to Variety.

Casey died Tuesday, September 19th, in Los Angeles after a short battle with an unnamed illness, his talent agent Erin Connor said.

Jeffrey Wright was among those to pay tribute on Twitter, remembering him as a "Renaissance man of the old school".

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Casey also wrote, directed, starred in and produced The Dinner (1997), centering on three black men who discuss slavery, black self-loathing, homophobia, etc. while sitting around the dinner table... A decade later, he joined an all-star cast of 1960s and '70s Black actors in Keenen Ivory Wayan's home, I'm Gonna Git You Sucka.

Bernie began his career as a wide receiver in the National Football League, playing with the San Francisco 49ers and the L.A. Rams. He also competed in the high hurdles and ran in the 190 U.S. Olympic trials. Casey played for the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams raking up 5,444 receiving yards and 40 touchdowns.

The two cooperated a couple of years after the fact on "Lease a-Cop".

Apart from his success in Hollywood, Casey was also a published poet and renowned painter.

Rest in power Bernie Casey. "Casey has the heart and the art to put his insight on canvas, and I am heartened by his action".

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