‘I’m Gonna Get You Sucka’ Actor Bernie Casey, Passes Away at 78

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By DailyNews

Bernie Casey, known best for roles in “Revenge of the Nerds” and “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka,” died Tuesday.

He was 78.

Casey spent his last few days in a Los Angeles hospital and died surrounded by loved ones.

The West Virginia native 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.

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Casey spent six years in San Francisco and two with the Los Angeles Rams, where he caught a winning touchdown pass with 30 seconds left against the Green Bay Packers in the penultimate game of the 1967 season.

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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.

Casey recorded the Rams’ lone touchdown in their 1967 playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers.

In 1969, Casey made his acting debut in “Guns of the Magnificent Seven,” the sequel to the 1960 western “The Magnificent Seven.”

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He also played the Chicago Bears’ team captain in the 1971 TV movie “Brian’s Song” and starred as Mike Harris on “Harris and Company,” the first weekly drama series that focused on a black family.

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Casey had more than 80 movie and TV roles to his name including the 1972 film “Hit Man.”

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Among Casey’s 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.”

In 1983, he appeared in the James Bond movie “Never Say Never Again” as CIA agent Felix Leiter. He also had a role in Martin Scorsese’s 1972 “Boxcar Bertha.”

Recent roles included the 2006 movie “When I Find the Ocean” with Lee Majors, “Babylon 5” in 1995 and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” in 1994.

Casey, who painted in his off time, published a book of poems called “Look at The People” in 1969. Read More

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