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From football to the arts: Bernie Casey remembered. He was 78.

Actor Bernie Casey, right, is seen with actor Sidney Poitier in Los Angeles in 2014. Casey died Tuesday at the age of 78.
Actor Bernie Casey, right, is seen with actor Sidney Poitier in Los Angeles in 2014. Casey died Tuesday at the age of 78. Invision file

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

Casey died in Los Angeles on Tuesday, his agent told The Associated Press. He was 78.

Casey played in the NFL for eight seasons, including his first six with the 49ers from 1961-66. He made the 1967 Pro Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams.

However, he was known more for his acting, including movie roles in “Revenge of the Nerds” and “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka.” He was also seen in such television shows as “L.A. Law” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”

One talent he less known for was his art, which consisted of paintings and poetry. Still, it left some lasting impressions.

In the 2011 book “San Francisco 49ers: Where Have You Gone,” artist and activist Maya Angelou was complimentary of Casey’s work.

“I cannot see what Bernie Casey sees,” said Angelou, who died in 2014. “His art makes my road less rocky and my path less crooked.”

Fans and former co-stars are speaking out on Casey’s death:

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