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Bernie Casey

Bernie Casey
Date of birth (1939-06-08) June 8, 1939
Place of birth Wyco, West Virginia
Career information
Position(s) Wide Receiver
College Bowling Green State University
NFL draft 1961 / Round: 1 / Pick 9
Career history
As player
1961–1966 San Francisco 49ers
1967–1968 Los Angeles Rams
Career highlights and awards
Pro Bowls 1
Honors 1968 Pro Bowl
Career stats
  • Playing stats at

Bernard Terry "Bernie" Casey (born June 8, 1939)[1] is an American actor and retired professional football player.[2]


  • Early life 1
  • Athletics 2
  • Acting career 3
  • Personal life 4
  • Feature filmography 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Casey was born in Wyco, West Virginia, the son of Flossie (Coleman) and Frank Leslie Casey.[3] He graduated from East High School in Columbus, Ohio.[1]


Casey was a record-breaking track and field athlete for Bowling Green State University.[4] As one of the nation's best high-hurdlers, Casey earned All-America recognition and a trip to the finals at the 1960 United States Olympic Trials. In addition to national honors, Bernie Casey 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.[1] He played for eight NFL seasons: six with the 49ers and two with the Los Angeles Rams.[1]

In a piece for NFL Films, he expressed his disillusionment with the NFL and professional sports in general, feeling like his creativity and individuality were thwarted by conservative elements in the league and ownership hierarchy.

Acting career

Casey began his acting career in the film Guns of the Magnificent Seven, a sequel to The Magnificent Seven. 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, he played a vice detective opposite Burt Reynolds in the feature film, Sharky's Machine.

In 1983, he played the role of 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 and as U. N. Jefferson, the national head of the Lambda Lambda Lambda fraternity in Revenge of the Nerds.

In a good-natured spoof of 1970s blaxploitation flicks, he played a caricature 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 the cult-classic 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.. 1994 saw Casey guest-starring in a two-episode story arc in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (along with series star Avery Brooks) as the Maquis leader Lieutenant Commander Cal Hudson, and in 1995 as a guest-star on Babylon 5 as Derek Cranston. He has continued working as an actor. In 2006, he co-starred in the film When I Find the Ocean alongside such actors as Lee Majors.

Personal life

Casey resides in Los Angeles, California. He is a devout Seventh-day Adventist.[2]

Casey enjoys painting.

Feature filmography


  1. ^ a b c d "Bernie Casey". Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "The religion of Bernie Casey, actor, football player". 2005-10-18. Retrieved 2013-10-06. 
  3. ^ "Bernie Casey". 
  4. ^ "Mid-American Conference Men's Track and Field History" (PDF). Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Bernie Casey". Retrieved 2010-10-07. 

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