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    • Bernie appeared totally nude in The Man Who Fell To Earth (1975), which also starred singer David Bowie.

    • Bernie was the first black actor to ever portray Felix Leiter in a James Bond film, Never Say Never Again (1983).

    • Bernie has written several books on art and poems, including : Look At The People: Poems And Paintings (1969), Where Is The Revolution? And Other Poems (1973), and Silent Screams (1983).

    • Bernie's a well-known character actor for playing authority figures.

    • Bernie was nominated for nominated for the Grand Prix des Ameriques at the Montreal World Film Festival in 1997 for his writing, directing, and production of The Dinner.

    • Bernie has raised money for the Imagination Station Scholarship Fund through sales of his artwork and limited-edition prints.

    • Bernie was featured on 8 different football cards during his pro career in the 1960s starting with his rookie card in 1963.

    • Bernie began studying acting with Jeff Corey when he was 25.

    • Some of Bernie's artwork can be found on permanent display at Museum of African American Art in Los Angeles, the Beverly Hills Library, the Hirshhorn Museum in D.C. and the John Bolles Gallery in San Francisco.

    • Bernie was the subject of a 1971 independent film, Bernie Casey: Black Artist which focused on his thoughts and observations as a painter.

    • Bernie's acting debut was in the second Magnificent Seven (1960) sequel, Guns Of The Magnifcent Seven (1969).

    • Bernie has both a BS and MFA degrees in Art Education from Bowling Green University.

    • Bernie is best known to modern audiences as the president of the Lambda Lambda Lambda fraternity in the Revenge Of The Nerds film series.

    • Bernie parodied his role in "blaxploitation" movies in the 1988 film I'm Gonna Git You Sucka.

    • Bernie is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

    • Bernie was chosen to represent the North American Zone in the Second World Black and African Arts and Culture Festival held in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1976.

    • Bernie wrote, produced, directed and starred in The Dinner (1997).

    • Bernie was inducted into the Bowling Green University Athletic Hall Of Fame in 1966.

    • Bernie is an accomplished painter, and has sold paintings to Dr. Maya Angelou, Sidney Poitier, Quincy Jones, Burt Reynolds, and former Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown.

  • Quotes

    • Bernie Casey: Painting is the fulcrum upon which my creative house rests. The inclusion of all the creative instincts that resonate from my spirit get their beginnings from painting ideas. Color, form, shape, balance, rhythm and tension are the genesis of my perceptions. They are integral to painting.