Bernie Casey was so much more than ‘U.N. Jefferson’
We lost another actor from the ‘80s this week. Bernie Casey, possibly best known to the ‘80s generation for playing U.N. Jefferson in Revenge of the Nerds, died Tuesday at age 78 after a brief illness.
The former wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers and L.A. Rams appeared in more than 30 films in his career, beginning in 1969 with Guns of the Magnificent Seven.
Among his notable ‘80s big-screen appearances are Revenge of the Nerds, Spies Like Us, Rent-a-Cop, Never Say Never Again, Sharky’s Machine and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventures.
During his craft, his piercing stare was often accompanied by an equally sharp line of dialog.
“It seems to me the only thing you've learned is that Caesar is a salad dressing dude,” Casey delivered with perfect pacing in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.
Or “Boys, it would be a shame to have to kill you now” still stands out from Spies Like Us.
Casey also painted and wrote books of poetry and found famous fans in process.
"His art makes my road less rocky, and my path less crooked," Maya Angelou once commented on a 2003 exhibit of Casey’s works.