March 18, 1944 |
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
McRae was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He graduated from Tennessee State University with a double major in drama and history. He was a defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears in the 1967 NFL season appearing in 6 games.
Among his acting roles are the history teacher, Mr. Teasdale, in Red Dawn (1984); bank robber Reed Youngblood in Dillinger (1973); meat-packing factory supervisor in Rocky II (1979); mechanic in Used Cars (1980); Hazel in Cannery Row (1982); Spanky in The Wizard (1989); James Bond's friend Sharkey in Licence to Kill (1989); inmate Eclipse in Lock Up (1989); a shouting police captain in 48 Hrs. (1982), a role he later parodied in Last Action Hero (1993) and Loaded Weapon 1 (1993); the train coachman in Tracks (1976); and former professional boxing champion Harry Noble in *batteries not included (1987).
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 cult classic 1941 (1979), and later as a "Walley World" security guard in National Lampoon's Vacation (1983). He played Jim, the mechanic, in the movie Used Cars. One of his more recent roles was Cookie in the Hallmark Channel original films Love's Long Journey and Love's Abiding Joy.
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