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 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).
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). One of his more recent roles was Cookie in the Hallmark Channel original films Love's Long Journey and Love's Abiding Joy.
- Cool Breeze (1972) - Barry, Mercer's Servant (uncredited)
- Shaft in Africa (1973) - Osiat
- Dillinger (1973) - Reed Youngblood
- Bank Shot (1974) - Hermann X
- Hard Times (1975) - Hammerman
- Walking Tall Part 2 (1975) - Steamer Riley
- Pipe Dreams (1976) - Moose
- Tracks (1976) - Train Coachman
- F.I.S.T. (1978) - Lincoln Dombrowsky
- Big Wednesday (1978) - Sergeant
- The End (1978) - Male Nurse
- Paradise Alley (1978) - Big Glory
- Norma Rae (1979) - James Brow
- Rocky II (1979) - Meat Foreman
- 1941 (1979) - Pvt. Ogden Johnson Jones
- City in Fear (1980) - Captain Madison
- Used Cars (1980) - Jim the Mechanic
- Cannery Row (1982) - Hazel
- 48 Hrs. (1982) - Captain Haden
- National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) - Grover
- Red Dawn (1984) - Mr. Teasdale
- *batteries not included (1987) - Harry Noble
- Farewell to the King (1989) - Tenga
- Licence to Kill (1989) - Sharkey
- Lock Up (1989) - Eclipse
- The Wizard (1989) - Spankey
- Another 48 Hrs. (1990) - Captain Haden (uncredited)
- Loaded Weapon 1 (1993) - Captain Doyle
- Last Action Hero (1993) - Lieutenant Dekker
- Lightning Jack (1994) - Mr. Doyle
- The Killing Jar (1997) - Det. Bernie Morris
- Mr. P's Dancing Sushi Bar (1998) - Bruce McFee
- Hijack (1999) - Roger Tate
- One Hell of a Guy(2000) - Moe
- G-Men from Hell (2000) - Lester
- Love's Long Journey (2005) - Cookie
- Love's Abiding Joy (2006) - Cookie
- "Frank McRae". NFL Player Profiles. Nfl.com. Retrieved 2015-07-12.
- "Frank McRae". The New York Times.
- Marill, Alvin H. (2010-10-01). Movies Made for Television, 2005-2009. Scarecrow Press. pp. 60–. ISBN 9780810876583. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
- Hibbin, Sally (1989). The Making of Licence to Kill. Salem House. pp. 56–. ISBN 9780881624533. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
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