The multitalented Bernie Casey has passed away.
Casey played six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers before going to the Rams for two years. He retired at age 30 with 359 catches for 5,444 yards and 40 touchdowns.
After leaving the NFL, he dabbled in acting, painting, and poetry. The former NFL star made his film debut in the 1969 sequel Guns of the Magnificent Seven. His film credits include Martin Scorsese’s Boxcar Bertha, Revenge of the Nerds, Black Chariot, The Man Who Fell to Earth, In the Mouth of Madness, The Glass Shield, Mr. Hyde, Once Upon a Time … When We Were Colored, and I’m Gonna Git You Sucka. His television credits include Roots: The Next Generations, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Bay City Blues.
Casey wrote, directed, produced, and starred in 1997’s The Dinner. The film centered on three black men who discuss slavery, black self-loathing, and homophobia.
Casey also was a published poet as well as a painter whose work was exhibited in galleries around the world.
Casey passed away in Los Angeles after a brief illness. He was 78.