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

Carla Harmon
September 21, 2017

Rest in power Bernie Casey.

Born in West Virginia in 1939 and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Casey excelled in football and attended Bowling Green State University on an athletic scholarship.

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

"When that sojourn is over and you're 32 or something, when most people are just beginning to understand who they are, what they can do and what life is all about, you have been considered in the world of sports a dinosaur..." He also competed in the high hurdles and ran in the 190 U.S. Olympic trials. He played with the 49ers for six seasons and went on to play for the Los Angeles Rams for two. He retired at age 30 and finished his professional career with 359 catches for 5,444 yards and 40 touchdowns. "He then acted alongside fellow former National Football League star Jim Brown in the crime dramas "...tick...tick...tick..." and "Black Gunn".

In 1969, Casey made his acting debut in "Guns of the Magnificent Seven", the sequel to the 1960 western "The Magnificent Seven". Turning to acting, Casey appeared in several TV movies and "blaxploitation" films in the 1970s.

Bernie Casey, the actor who starred in films like Revenge of the Nerds, Boxcar Bertha, and Never Say Never Again, has passed away (via The Hollywood Reporter). SUBSCRIBE for a taste of the past!

He is best known for his turn in 1984's Revenge Of The Nerds, where he played U.N. Jefferson, the leader of the black Lambda Lambda Lambda fraternity who chose to put racial politics aside and take the movie's collection of misfits under his wing. ENTIRE PLAYLIST: http://bit.ly/1Ek0Lpt ABOUT THE FILM: Best friends and nerds Lewis Skolnick and Gilbert Lowe enroll in Adams College to study computer science.

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