Bernie Casey, who starred in the iconic films “Revenge of the Nerds” and “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka”, passed away on Wednesday (Sept. 20).
Bernie suddenly fell ill and had spent the last few days in a Los Angeles hospital. According to TMZ, the actor died peacefully surrounded by family and friends.
He was 78-years-old.
Bernie Casey became a prominent figure in Hollywood after starring in several blaxploitation films. His more famous roles were U.N. Jefferson, the head of the Lambda Lambda Lambda fraternity, on “Revenge of the Nerds,” John Slade in “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka” and Mr. Ryan in “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.”
He also starred in Cleopatra Jones and several other blaxploitation movies of the 1970s.
In his earlier years, Bernie was a standout athlete at Bowling Green State University, where he was an All-American track and field athlete, and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round in 1961.
He made one Pro Bowl, in 1967, before leaving the NFL a year later. Over eight seasons, he tallied 5,444 yards over more than 350 receptions for 40 total touchdowns.