Bernie Casey, pro football player turned actor, dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bernie Casey, a professional football player turned actor known for parts in “Revenge of the Nerds” and “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” has died.

HOLLYWOOD – OCTOBER 13: Actor Bernie Casey arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of “Black Dynamite” on October 13, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

His talent agent Erin Connor says Casey died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a brief illness. He was 78.

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.

He went on to play for the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams before going back to his alma mater to get a master’s degree in fine arts.

Casey’s acting career began with “Guns of the Magnificent Seven” in 1969. He appeared in some 35 films including “Boxcar Bertha” and “The Man Who Fell to Earth.”