Bernie Casey

Bernie Casey

Born: June 8, 1939
Died: September 19, 2017 (at age 78)

Bernard Terry Casey (June 8, 1939 - September 19, 2017)[1] was an American actor, poet, and professional football player.

Casey was born in Wyco, West Virginia, the son of Flossie (Coleman) and Frank Leslie Casey.[2] He graduated from East High School in Columbus, Ohio.[1]



Casey was a record-breaking track and field athlete for Bowling Green State University.[3] In 1959, he helped the football team win a national championship.[4] Casey earned All-America recognition and a trip to the finals at the 1960 United States Olympic Trials. In addition to national honors, he won three consecutive Mid-American Conference titles in the high-hurdles, 1958-60.[5]

Casey was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 1961 as the 9th pick in the first round. He played for eight NFL seasons (several positions, first five seasons mainly a halfback, last three seasons a flanker (setback wide receiver)): six with the 49ers and two with the Los Angeles Rams.[1] His best-known play came in 1967 for the Rams in the penultimate game of the season against the Green Bay Packers. The Rams needed to win to keep their division title hopes alive, but trailed the Packers 24-20 with under a minute to play.[citation needed] The Rams then blocked a punt and ran it back to the 5 yard line. After an incomplete pass, Casey caught the winning touchdown pass from Roman Gabriel with under 30 seconds to play to give the Rams a 27-24 victory. The Rams defeated the Colts the following week to win the Coastal Division title.[citation needed]


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Casey began his acting career in the film Guns of the Magnificent Seven, a sequel to The Magnificent Seven. Then he played opposite fellow former NFL star Jim Brown in the crime dramas ...tick...tick...tick... and Black Gunn. He played a leading role in the 1972 science fiction TV film Gargoyles. He also played Tamara Dobson's love interest in 1973's Cleopatra Jones.

From there he moved between performances on television and the big screen such as playing team captain for the Chicago Bears in the TV film Brian's Song. In 1979, he starred as widower Mike Harris in the NBC television series Harris and Company, the first weekly American TV drama series centered on a black family. In 1980, he played Major Jeff Spender in the television mini-series The Martian Chronicles, based on the novel by Ray Bradbury.

In 1981, Casey played a detective opposite Burt Reynolds in the feature film Sharky's Machine, directed by Reynolds. He reunited with Reynolds a few years later for the crime story Rent-a-Cop.

In 1983, he played the role of CIA agent Felix Leiter in the non-Eon Productions James Bond film Never Say Never Again. He co-starred in Revenge of the Nerds and had a comedic role as Colonel Rhombus in the John Landis film Spies Like Us. Casey also appeared in the movie Hit Man.

Also during his career, he worked with such well-known directors as Martin Scorsese in his 1972 film Boxcar Bertha and appeared on such television series as The Streets of San Francisco.

He played a version of himself, and other football players turned actors, in Keenen Ivory Wayans's 1988 comedic film I'm Gonna Git You Sucka. He played a high school teacher in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, released in 1989. Casey appeared as a very influential prisoner with outside connections in Walter Hill's Another 48 Hrs.. In 1992, he appeared as a Naval officer in the battleship USS Missouri in Under Siege.

In 1994, Casey guest-starred in a two-episode story arc in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the Maquis leader Lieutenant Commander Cal Hudson, and in 1995 as a guest-star on both SeaQuest 2032 as Admiral VanAlden and Babylon 5 as Derek Cranston. In 2006, he co-starred in the film When I Find the Ocean alongside such actors as Lee Majors.

Personal life and death

Casey enjoyed painting and writing poetry. Look at the People, a book of his paintings and poems, was published by Doubleday in 1969.[6] He died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on September 19, 2017, after a stroke.[7][8]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1969 Guns of the Magnificent Seven Cassie
  • A Zapata Western, the second sequel to the classic 1960 western action film, The Magnificent Seven, itself based on Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai (1954).
  • Directed by Paul Wendkos and produced by Vincent M. Fennelly.
1970 ...tick...tick...tick... George Harley Crime drama film directed and co-produced by Ralph Nelson [10]
1971 Black Chariot The Drifter Blaxploitation drama film written and directed by Robert Goodwin [11][12]
1972 Boxcar Bertha Von Morton
  • Loosely based on Sister of the Road by Ben L. Reitman
  • Crime drama film directed by Martin Scorsese
Black Gunn Seth Neo-noir blaxploitation film directed by Robert Hartford-Davis [15]
Hit Man Tyrone Tackett
  • Based on the Ted Lewis' novel Jack's Return Home
  • Crime film directed by George Armitage
1973 Cleopatra Jones Reuben Blaxploitation action film directed by Jack Starrett [18]
Maurie Maurice Stokes Semi-biographical directed by Daniel Mann [19]
1975 Cornbread, Earl and Me Officer Larry Atkins
  • Loosely based on Ronald Fair's novel Hog Butcher
  • Drama film directed and co-produced by Joseph Manduke
1976 Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde Dr. Henry Pride
  • Loosely inspired by the novella, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Blaxploitation horror film directed by William Crain
The Man Who Fell to Earth Mr. Peters
  • Based on Walter Tevis' The Man Who Fell to Earth
  • Science fiction film directed by Nicolas Roeg
1977 Brothers David Thomas Drama film directed by Arthur Barron and produced by Edward Lewis and Mildred Lewis [27]
1981 Sharky's Machine Arch
  • Drama-thriller film directed and starring Burt Reynolds
  • Based on William Diehl's 1978 novel Sharky's Machine
1983 Never Say Never Again Felix Leiter
  • James Bond spy film directed by Irvin Kershner, produced by Jack Schwartzman, and written by Lorenzo Semple Jr. with uncredited additional co-writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, from a story by Kevin McClory, Jack Whittingham, and Ian Fleming
  • Second adaptation of Fleming's Thunderball, which was previously adapted as the 1965 film of the same name.
1984 Revenge of the Nerds U.N. Jefferson Comedy film directed by Jeff Kanew [32]
1985 Spies Like Us Colonel Rhombus
1987 Steele Justice Det. Tom Reese
Amazon Women on the Moon Maj. Gen. Hadley
  • (segment "The Unknown Soldier")
  • Uncredited
Rent-A-Cop Lemar
1988 Backfire Clinton James
I'm Gonna Git You Sucka John Slade
1989 Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure Mr. Ryan
1990 Another 48 Hrs. Kirkland Smith
1991 Chains of Gold Sergeant Falco
1992 Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation U.N. Jefferson TV Movie
Under Siege Commander Harris
1993 The Cemetery Club John
Street Knight Raymond
1994 Revenge of the Nerds IV: Nerds in Love U.N. Jefferson
The Glass Shield James Locket
1995 In the Mouth of Madness Robinson
Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored Mr. Walter
1997 The Dinner Good Brother
2001 Tomcats Officer Hurley
2002 Jim Brown: All-American Himself
On the Edge Rex Stevens
2006 When I Find the Ocean Amos Jackson
2007 Vegas Vampires Bloodhound Bill (final film role)


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
1971 Brian's Song J.C. Caroline
  • Based on the autobiography I am Third by Gale Sayers and Al Silverman
  • Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Buzz Kulik and written by William Blinn
1972 Cade's County Patrick Episodes:
  • "Slay Ride: Part 1" (S 1: Ep 16)
  • "Slay Ride: Part 2" (S 1: Ep 17)
Longstreet Ray Eller Episode: "Field of Honor" (S 1:Ep 21)
The Streets of San Francisco Richard Episode: "Timelock" (S 1:Ep 7)
Gargoyles The Gargoyle Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Bill L. Norton [35]
1974 The Snoop Sisters Willie Bates Episode: "Fear Is a Free-Throw" (S 1:Ep 2)
Panic on the 5:22 Wendell Weaver Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Harvey Hart and produced by Quinn Martin [36][37]
1975 Police Story Duke Windsor Episode: "Company Man" (S 3:Ep 12)
1976 Joe Forrester Cleveland Episode: "The Answers" (S 1:Ep 16)
1977 Police Woman P.J. Johnson Episode: "Once a Snitch" (S 3:Ep 14)
Police Story Hamilton Ward Episode: "The Six Foot Stretch" (S 4:Ep 21)
Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night Dave Williams Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Allen Reisner [38][39]
It Happened at Lakewood Manor Vince
  • Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Robert Scheerer
  • Also known as Ants!
1978 Ring of Passion Joe Louis Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Robert Michael Lewis [41]
Love Is Not Enough Mike Harris Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Ivan Dixon [42]
1979 Roots: The Next Generations Bubba Haywood
  • Miniseries directed by John Erman (Ep. 4) and written by Ernest Kinoy
  • Based on Alex Haley's Roots: The Saga of an American Family
  • First sequel to the 1977 miniseries
Harris and Company Mike Harris Short-lived drama series [45][46]
1980 The Martian Chronicles Major Jeff Spender [47][48][49]
1981 The Sophisticated Gents Shurley Walker [50][51]
1982 A House Divided: Denmark Vesey's Rebellion Slave Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Stan Lathan [52]
Trapper John, M.D. Thornie Thornberry Episode: "Love and Marriage" (S 3:Ep 19)
Hear No Evil Inspector Monday
  • Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Harry Falk Jr. and written by Tom Lazarus
  • Potential television series
1983-84 Bay City Blues Ozzie Peoples
  • Short-lived Sitcom
  • Canceled after four episodes and four burned off in July 1984 for a total of 8 episodes
1994 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Calvin Hudson Episode: "The Maquis (Parts I and II)" (S 2: Eps 20 & 21)
1995 Babylon 5 Derek Cranston Episodes:
  • "Hunter, Prey" (S 2: Ep 13)
  • "Matters of Honor" (S 3: Ep 1, Uncredited)

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