Casey Bond grew up in Peachtree, Georgia but came to Nashville to attend Lipscomb University where he played baseball. Following his senior year at Lipscomb, the San Francisco Giants drafted Bond where he played for two years until pursuing another goal: acting. As a distinguished professional baseball player, actor, and producer there are many talents Bond possesses. He even has his own production company, Higher Purpose Entertainment.
The jump from professional baseball player to actor is not a career move many make. When asked how he got into acting, Bond reminisces, “It’s a crazy story. When I was a kid growing up I just wanted to play baseball professionally and I got to do that. I was very lucky.
But eventually the Giants released me after two years and I lived with a good friend of mine [in Nashville] and we both liked music and movies. We’d watch a lot of movies and one day we were sitting there watching and we thought ‘I think we could do that’. So we took an acting class and really liked it.
As much as I liked baseball it wasn’t everything to me. I wanted to pursue other things in life. So we packed up the car and drove to Los Angeles.” Bond and his roommate drove to L.A. and pursued acting and that’s where that portion of his life started. “Stuff started happening as soon as we moved to L.A.” Moneyball was the first big movie Bond starred in portraying Chad Bradford. He landed the roll about four months after moving to L.A. where he starred beside Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill.
Bond moved back to Nashville from Los Angeles about a year ago. “What drew me back is we were filming a movie that I produced and acted in called My Many Sons about a coach named Don Meyer. We shot that about a year ago and during that time I realized I didn’t want to live in L.A. for the rest of my life.” Bond recognized that there was so much happening here and opportunities for Higher Purpose Entertainment. “I’m really happy to be back in Nashville,” says Bond. “It’s amazing to see how much it’s grown and how much entertainment has grown.”
His current project, I Saw The Light, is a Hank Williams, Sr. biopic. Filmed in Shreveport, Louisiana Bond equates the film to Walk The Line due to the feel and tone. The film has landed a spot in the Toronto Film Festival. “It’s really exciting to be a part of. I’m a big country fan myself, especially old country like Hank” explains Bond.
Bond will be starring as Williams’ fiddle player, Jerry Rivers. There’s no better way to portray someone’s life than to step into it and Bond was fortunate to be able to do just that. He explains, “Jerry Rivers passed away in 1996, but his granddaughter reached out to me and I got to go have dinner with Jerry Rivers’ widow who is still alive and lives here in Nashville. I got to hear stories and see pictures that no one has seen. They let me hold and play Jerry’s fiddle that was on those original recordings like ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart’.”
Bond says we can expect big things from this movie set to release November 27, 2015.