Bond interviewed on ESPY Awards Red Carpet in Los Angeles, CA
|Born||October 5, 1984|
Casey Bond (born October 5, 1984) is an American actor and retired professional baseball player. He is most noted for playing Chad Bradford in the Academy Award-nominated film Moneyball. Before becoming an actor, Bond played in minor league baseball as an outfielder for the San Francisco Giants organization.
Bond attended Birmingham–Southern College and Lipscomb University, playing college baseball for both schools, before he was drafted by the Giants in 2007. After playing in minor league baseball for two seasons, the Giants released Bond in 2009. Rather than continue to pursue his baseball career, Bond chose to become an actor. In addition to Moneyball, Bond has appeared in Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Nashville, and various commercials.
Bond was raised in Peachtree City, Georgia. He attended Starr's Mill High School in Fayetteville, Georgia. He then enrolled at Birmingham–Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama, where he played college baseball for the Birmingham–Southern Panthers baseball team, competing in the Big South Conference in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I. After his junior year at Birmingham-Southern, the school's president decided to move the Panthers' athletic programs from Division I to Division III, which required the team to take a hiatus for a season. This ended Bond's scholarship at Birmingham-Southern.
Bond transferred to Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he continued his college baseball career with the Lipscomb Bisons baseball team, competing in the Atlantic Sun Conference in NCAA's Division I. In his senior year, Bond started all 58 games on the Bisons' schedule and finished the season with a .326 batting average. He registered the tenth-most hits and third-most stolen bases in a single-season in Lipscomb history.
The San Francisco Giants drafted Casey as a center fielder in the 25th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft. They had intended to draft Bond in the 24th round, but instead selected Brock Bond, a second baseman from the University of Missouri, due to a clerical error. Bond played in the Giants' minor league system for two seasons. He debuted in professional baseball for the Arizona Giants of the Rookie-level Arizona League in 2007. Bond played for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League in 2008, where he had a .246 batting average and 15 stolen bases in 68 games played. He was called up to the Fresno Grizzlies of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League for at the end of the 2008 season. The Giants released Bond prior to spring training in 2009.
Bond took an acting class in Nashville with a friend during the 2008–09 offseason. Bond told his great-aunt, a former actress, and she introduced Bond to a talent agent. As Bond considered whether or not to sign with another baseball team after being released by the Giants, the agent set Bond up with an audition for a television commercial for One-A-Day Men's Vitamins. Bond flew to Los Angeles and was cast in the commercial. Becoming a member of the Screen Actors Guild, Bond then appeared as the "Handsome Handyman" in Gene Simmons Family Jewels.
Bond was cast in the Academy Award-nominated film Moneyball as Chad Bradford, a submarine-style pitcher. Bond contacted Ben Zobrist, who he had previously worked out with and who was a former teammate of Bradford's, and Zobrist introduced them. Bond and Bradford discussed the role together.
Bond was then asked to play the lead role of "Scooter" in the Sony Provident Films "Ring the Bell" which was released April 9, 2013. The film was shot in Deland, Florida. Oddly enough, he once again contacted his good friend Ben Zobrist, only this time to ask him to make a cameo in the film with him. The two had a showdown on the country farm that Bond's character owned in the film.
Bond has taken acting classes with Larry Moss. He has appeared on the hit television show Nashville as "Gil Martin." It has been released that Bond is slated to play the role of "Scooter" in the upcoming film Ring the Bell, which will be released on DVD on April 9, 2013. He has also appeared in commercials for Dick's Sporting Goods, Adidas, Nike, Inc., Blue Bunny, and others. Bond has formed his own production company, called Higher Purpose Entertainment, and is producing an independent film about Lipscomb Bisons men's basketball coach Don Meyer under the working title My Many Sons, along with production partner Brad Wilson. The film is being produced on a budget of between $2 and $5 million. He is expected to have a role in the movie.
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