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). 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). One of his more recent roles was Cookie in the Hallmark Channel original films Love's Long Journey and Love's Abiding Joy.
|1972||Cool Breeze||Barry, Mercer's Servant||uncredited|
|1973||Shaft in Africa||Osiat|
|1974||Bank Shot||Hermann X|
|Walking Tall Part 2||Steamer Riley|
|The End||Male Nurse|
|Paradise Alley||Big Glory|
|1979||Norma Rae||James Brow|
|Rocky II||Meat Foreman|
|1941||Pvt. Ogden Johnson Jones|
|1980||City in Fear||Captain Madison|
|Used Cars||Jim the Mechanic|
|48 Hrs.||Captain Haden|
|1983||National Lampoon's Vacation||Grover|
|1984||Red Dawn||Mr. Teasdale|
|1987||*batteries not included||Harry Noble|
|1989||Farewell to the King||Tenga|
|Licence to Kill||Sharkey|
|1990||Another 48 Hrs.||Captain Haden||uncredited|
|1993||Loaded Weapon 1||Captain Doyle|
|Last Action Hero||Lieutenant Dekker|
|1994||Lightning Jack||Mr. Doyle|
|1997||The Killing Jar||Det. Bernie Morris|
|1998||Mr. P's Dancing Sushi Bar||Bruce McFee|
|2000||One Hell of a Guy||Moe|
|G-Men from Hell||Lester|
|2005||Love's Long Journey||Cookie|
|2006||Love's Abiding Joy||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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