Frank McRae Wiki – Frank McRae Biography
Frank McRae was an American film and television actor, and a professional football player. Among his acting roles are bank robber Reed Youngblood in Dillinger (1973); a shouting police captain in 48 Hrs. (1982), a role he later parodied in Last Action Hero (1993) and Loaded Weapon 1 (1993); the history teacher, Mr. Teasdale, in Red Dawn (1984); James Bond’s friend Sharkey in Licence to Kill (1989); and former professional boxing champion Harry Noble in *batteries not included (1987). He also appeared opposite Sylvester Stallone in 4 films; F.I.S.T. (1978), Paradise Alley (1978), Rocky II (1979) and Lock Up (1989), as well as a protective trucker in The Wizard (1989).
He made an effective pairing with John Candy as two bumbling subordinates; first as two tank soldiers (under an equally bumbling Sgt. Frank Tree played by Dan Aykroyd) in the film 1941 (1979), and later as a “Walley World” security guard in National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983). He further showed his comedic abilities as Jim the clumsy mechanic in the cult classic Used Cars (1980). One of his more recent roles as Cookie in the Hallmark Channel original films Love’s Long Journey and Love’s Abiding Joy.
Frank McRae Age
Frank McRae was 80 years old.
McRae is survived by his son Marcellus and his grandchildren Camden, Jensen and Holden. Donations in his memory can be made to Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an orphan elephant rescue and wildlife rehabilitation program in Kenya.
Cause of Death
Frank McRae, the actor who appeared in films such as “Licence to Kill” and “Last Action Hero,” has died. He was 80.
McRae died in Santa Monica, Calif. on April 29 as a result of a heart attack, his daughter-in-law confirmed to Variety.
The NFL player-turned-actor was born in Memphis, Tenn. A star athlete in high school, he went on to Tennessee State University as a double major in drama and history. McRae had a brief career as a professional football player and was the defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams.
Making the pivot to a new kind of stage, McRae found his calling in the entertainment industry. In his 30-plus years as a character actor, he appeared in over 40 movies. Standing at approximately six-and-a-half feet tall, McRae took advantage of scooping up tough guy roles in movies like “Hard Times,” “Big Wednesday” and “F.I.S.T.” with Sylvester Stallone. McRae would go on to appear in three more films with Stallone in the ’70s and ’80s, including “Paradise Alley,” “Lock Up” and “Rocky II.”
Cinema buffs were devastated over the athlete-cum-actor’s passing.
One fan tweeted, “RIP #FrankMcRae. A brilliantly versatile actor and professional American Football player, who appeared in countless great movies in the 1980s and 1990s. Everything from Sci-Fi to Action, Drama, and Comedy. Best known to #JamesBond Fans as Sharkey in #LicenceToKill (1989).”
James Bond’s official Twitter account also paid homage to McRae, writing: “We are sorry to hear that Frank McRae, who played Sharkey in Licence To Kill, has passed away. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”