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Sep 21 2017
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MV5BMjAzNjc0NTQyM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjk3MTI0NA@@._V1_Bernie Casey, an L.A. Rams football star who left the game to pursue an acting career and who later became a poet and painter, has died at 78 following a brief illness, his rep confirms.

Casey appeared in numerous memorable films from the '70s onward, and settled into life as a painter ...

Cleopatra-jones-tamara-dobson-bernie-caseyWith the late Tamara Dobson in Cleopatra Jones (Image via Warner Bros.)

Via THR: Casey left the Rams in the late '60s, almost immediately appearing in the films Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969), ...tick... tick... tick... (1970) and the instant-classic TV film Brian's Song (1971), the story of two football players, one terminally ill.

Bond_felixWith Sean Connery in Never Say Never Again (Image via Warner Bros.)

In the '70s, he starred in a string of blaxploitation films: Cleopatra Jones (1973), Black Chariot (1971), Black Gunn (1972), Dr Black, Mr. Hyde (1976) and even the well-received parody of the genre, 1988's I'm Gonna Git You Sucka.

Other noteworthy film work includes Martin Scorsese's Boxcar Bertha (1972), the David Bowie starrer The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976), the Bond flick Never Say Never Again (1983), the farce Revenge of the Nerds (1984) and the fondly remembered Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989).

His final role was in the film Vegas Vampires in 2007.

An example of Casey's art:

Casey-state-of-mind(Image via Thelma Harris Art)

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