According to his talent agent, Casey died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a brief illness.
Casey also wrote, directed, starred in and produced The Dinner (1997), centering on three black men who discuss slavery, black self-loathing, homophobia, etc. while sitting around the dinner table.
Casey played a heroic former slave and train robber in Martin Scorsese’s Boxcar Bertha (1972), was CIA agent Felix Leiter (a recurring character in Bond films) in Never Say Never Again (1983) and portrayed U.N. Jefferson, the president of the Lambda Lambda Lambda fraternity, in Revenge of the Nerds (1984) and two follow-up telefilms.
Casey also loved painting, and his work even caught the attention of the late Maya Angelou.
“His art makes my road less rocky, and my path less crooked,” Angelou said of a 2003 exhibit of his works.