Frank McRae

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Frank McRae
Born (1944-03-18) March 18, 1944 (age 72)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1972-2006

Frank McRae (born March 18, 1944[1]) is an American film and television actor,[2][3] and a former professional football player.[4]

Early life[edit]

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.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Frank McRae". NFL Player Profiles. Retrieved 2015-07-12. 
  2. ^ "Frank McRae". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Marill, Alvin H. (2010-10-01). Movies Made for Television, 2005-2009. Scarecrow Press. pp. 60–. ISBN 9780810876583. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Hibbin, Sally (1989). The Making of Licence to Kill. Salem House. pp. 56–. ISBN 9780881624533. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 

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