Died: September 19, 2017 (at age 78)
Died: September 19, 2017 (at age 78)
Bernard Terry Casey (June 8, 1939 - September 19, 2017) 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. He graduated from East High School in Columbus, Ohio.
Casey was a record-breaking track and field athlete for Bowling Green State University. In 1959, he helped the football team win a national championship. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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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. He died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on September 19, 2017, after a stroke.
|1969||Guns of the Magnificent Seven||Cassie||
|1970||...tick...tick...tick...||George Harley||Crime drama film directed and co-produced by Ralph Nelson|||
|1971||Black Chariot||The Drifter||Blaxploitation drama film written and directed by Robert Goodwin|||
|1972||Boxcar Bertha||Von Morton||
|Black Gunn||Seth||Neo-noir blaxploitation film directed by Robert Hartford-Davis|||
|Hit Man||Tyrone Tackett||
|1973||Cleopatra Jones||Reuben||Blaxploitation action film directed by Jack Starrett|||
|Maurie||Maurice Stokes||Semi-biographical directed by Daniel Mann|||
|1975||Cornbread, Earl and Me||Officer Larry Atkins||
|1976||Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde||Dr. Henry Pride||
|The Man Who Fell to Earth||Mr. Peters||
|1977||Brothers||David Thomas||Drama film directed by Arthur Barron and produced by Edward Lewis and Mildred Lewis|||
|1983||Never Say Never Again||Felix Leiter||
|1984||Revenge of the Nerds||U.N. Jefferson||Comedy film directed by Jeff Kanew|||
|1985||Spies Like Us||Colonel Rhombus|
|1987||Steele Justice||Det. Tom Reese|
|Amazon Women on the Moon||Maj. Gen. Hadley||
|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|
|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|
|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)|
|1971||Brian's Song||J.C. Caroline|||
|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|||
|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|||
|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|||
|It Happened at Lakewood Manor||Vince||
|1978||Ring of Passion||Joe Louis||Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Robert Michael Lewis|||
|Love Is Not Enough||Mike Harris||Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Ivan Dixon|||
|1979||Roots: The Next Generations||Bubba Haywood|||
|Harris and Company||Mike Harris||Short-lived drama series|||
|1980||The Martian Chronicles||Major Jeff Spender|||
|1981||The Sophisticated Gents||Shurley Walker|||
|1982||A House Divided: Denmark Vesey's Rebellion||Slave||Made-for-TV-Movie directed by Stan Lathan|||
|Trapper John, M.D.||Thornie Thornberry||Episode: "Love and Marriage" (S 3:Ep 19)|
|Hear No Evil||Inspector Monday||
|1983-84||Bay City Blues||Ozzie Peoples||
|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: