'Revenge of the Nerds' actor, National Football League star Bernie Casey dies at 78

'Revenge of the Nerds' actor, National Football League star Bernie Casey dies at 78

'Revenge of the Nerds' actor, National Football League star Bernie Casey dies at 78

In Martin Scorsese's "Boxcar Bertha", he played a fearless former slave and prepare looter, and after that a repeating character in Bond films, Central Intelligence Agency specialist Felix Leiter.

They included Dr Black, Mr Hyde, a 1976 horror film inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde story. He attended Bowling Green University in the late '50s on a football scholarship.

His first big break came with the film Guns of the Magnificent Seven a sequel to the classic The Magnificent Seven. Casey passed away at the age of 78 while being treated for an unknown illness at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

He also directed the 1997 film The dinner, which he also wrote and starred in. In addition to being a gridiron standout, Casey also broke school records as an All-American track and field athlete while also earning an invite to 1960 U.S. Olympic trials.

Before becoming a successful actor, the 6'4 giant was a first-round draft pick and wide receiver in the National Football League from 1961-68.

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Casey, who painted in his off time, published a book of poems called "Look at The People" in 1969. In the 1981 film, Sharky's Machine, he teamed up with Burt Reynolds as a detective, and joined Reynolds again in the 1987 film Rent-A-Cop.

The actor, athele, painter and poet was a true legend and the textbook definition of a renaissance man.

On television, Casey played a minor-league baseball coach who could still hit on the short-lived Steven Bochco drama Bay City Blues and was in Roots: The Next Generations and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Casey received an honorary doctorate from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia, where he served as the chairman of the board for years. For then I can comprehend his vision and even some of my own.

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