Actor Bernie Casey Of “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” “Revenge Of The Nerds” & More Passes Away
The entertainment world is mourning the death of actor and former professional athlete, Bernie Casey. On Tuesday (September 19), Casey passed away at the age of 78 while being treated for an unknown illness at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Casey starred in a number of cult classics in multiple decades, including Revenge Of The Nerds and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The athlete-turned-actor also starred in the 1970s films, flexing his acting chops in Cornbread, Earl and Me, Cleopatra Jones, Brian’s Song, and The Man Who Fell To Earth. 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.
Although Casey starred in dozens of films, he received his first major break as a student athlete.
In addition to serving as a track and field star at Ohio’s Bowling Green State University, Casey was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the early ’60s. He went on to play in the NFL for eight seasons.
Following his acting career, Casey turned to painting and poetry.
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