Actor And Former Columbus Resident Bernie Casey Passes Away

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He also had a role in Martin Scorsese's 1972 "Boxcar Bertha". From there Casey was a part of more than 80 projects and became a well-known face that personified no-nonsense Black manhood. He was also in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

Two decades later, black actor Jeffrey Wright made two appearances as Leiter in "official" Bond films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace.

His representative told The Hollywood Reporter that he died following a brief illness in Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Jeffrey Wright was among those to pay tribute on Twitter, remembering him as a "Renaissance man of the old school".

Casey ventured into directing in 1997 with The Dinner, a movie he wrote and starred in about three black men of different ideas and ages who have a dinner table discussion about numerous topics including slavery, homophobia and black self-loathing. He played with the 49ers for six seasons and went on to play for the Los Angeles Rams for two.

From an National Football League receiver to a man of the arts, Bernie Casey knew how to entertain.

Beyond acting, Casey was also an accomplished painter and poet. He also competed in the high hurdles and ran in the 190 U.S. Olympic trials. However, he said he retired so that he could devote more time to acting, painting, and poetry, according to the Week. His most recent roles include "When I Find the Ocean" (2006), "Babylon 5" (1995) and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1994).

He was even given an honorary doctorate from The Savannah College Of Art And Design for his contribution to the world of art. For then I can comprehend his vision and some of my own.

"I was big, agile, fast and a dedicated athlete", Casey said in 1999. "His art makes my road less rocky, and my path less crooked".

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