Bernie Casey, a former player for the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams and an actor best known for his roles in the films Revenge of the Nerds and Boxcar Bertha, passed away on 19 September 2017 after a brief illness. He was 78 years old.
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Another nerdy project in which Bernie Casey was featured was a two-episode stint on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Maquis leader Lieutenant Commander Cal Hudson. He also played Derek Cranston on the popular science fiction show Babylon 5. He also appeared in the popular cult film Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure as the teacher Mr. Walter. He also reprised his role from Revenge of the Nerds in Revenge of the Nerds III: The Next Generation.
Bernie Casey’s acting roles were primarily in film and television, including such projects as The Man Who Fell to Earth, Harris and Company, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, In the Mouth of Madness, and Once Upon A Time… When We Were Colored. One of his more notable projects was the 1997 film The Dinner, which he starred in, wrote, produced, and directed. The Dinner portrayed three black men at dinner, discussing social issues such as slavery, homophobia, black self-loathing; three issues that are very much still discussed today.
Bernie Casey was not just a former NFL player and actor. In fact, he also successfully wrote poems and painted. Some of his paintings are in galleries around the world. A collection of his poetry and paintings were published in 1969 by Doubleday in a book titled Look at the People. He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and also served as that institution’s chairman of the board for several years.
We at Word of the Nerd are very saddened over Bernie Casey’s passing.