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      Frank McRae

      Frank McRae

      Highest Rated: 94% Hard Times (1975)

      Lowest Rated: 6% Lightning Jack (1994)

      Birthday: Mar 18, 1944

      Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

      Before venturing into comedies and action movies in the 1970s, beefy Frank McRae had been a defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears in 1967 (he played for three years) and later with the Los Angeles Rams. An injury knocked him out of the game for good and he started auditioning for movie work. His ambition to make it in the movies was not a foolhardy endeavor. During the off-season with the Bears, he had studied under famed Method-acting teacher Lee Strasberg, so he was more than equipped to brave the turbulent waters of Hollywood. He was cast as convict Reed Youngblood in John Milius's two-fisted 1973 gangster picture "Dillinger," forging a long relationship with the notoriously right-wing filmmaker. Through the years, Milius would cast McRae in three more films, including the surfing coming-of-age story "Big Wednesday," the anti-Communist action film "Red Dawn" (he's the first casualty of the invasion), and the war picture "Farewell to the King." He also landed small roles in several Walter Hill films, such as "Hard Times," and most memorably as the loudmouthed police chief in the action buddy comedy "48 Hrs.." McRae later parodied that performance in the failed Arnold Schwarzenegger blockbuster, "The Last Action Hero." His performances in Steven Spielberg's raucous World War II comedy "1941," Robert Zemeckis's comedic satire "Used Cars," and the comedy classic "National Lampoon's Vacation" (as the thoroughly freaked out security guard at Wally World), all show this reliable actor at his best. Frank McRae died on April 29, 2021 in Santa Monica, CA at the age of 78.

      Highest rated movies

      Hard Times
      Dillinger 48 HRS.
      Norma Rae
      Licence to Kill
      Used Cars
      Cannery Row
      Rocky II

      Photos

      BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED, Frank McRae, 1987, © Universal BANK SHOT, Joanna Cassidy, Sorrell Booke, George C. Scott, Frank McRae, Don Calfa, Bibi Osterwald, Bob Balaban, 1974. BANK SHOT, front from left: George C. Scott, Frank McRae, 1974 BANK SHOT, from left: George C. Scott, Bob Balaban, Frank McRae, 1974 BANK SHOT, Sorrell Booke, Bob Balaban (top), Frank McRae, George C. Scott, 1974 LOCK UP, Frank McRae, Sylvester Stallone, 1989, (c)TriStar Pictures BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED, Frank McRae, Elizabeth Pena, Jessica Tandy, Hume Cronyn, Dennis Boutsikaris, 1987, (c)Universal Pictures LOCK UP, Sylvester Stallone, Frank McRae, 1989, (c)TriStar Pictures BANK SHOT, Sorrell Booke, Joanna Cassidy, George C. Scott, Frank McRae, Don Calfa, Bob Balaban (hidden), Bibi Osterwald, 1974. CANNERY ROW, M. Emmett Walsh (center), Frank McRae (right), 1982, (c)MGM CANNERY ROW, Frank McRae (second from left), M. Emmet Walsh (center), 1982, (c)MGM FAREWELL TO THE KING, Frank McRae, Nigel Havers, 1989, (c)Orion Pictures BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED, Michael Carmine, Jessica Tandy, Frank McRae, Hume Cronyn, Dennis Boutsikaris, Elizbeth Pena, 1987. ©Universal CANNERY ROW, Frank McRae (second from left), M. Emmet Walsh (center), 1982, (c)MGM BANK SHOT, Joanna Cassidy, George C. Scott, Frank McRae, Bob Balaban, Don Calfa, 1974.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bad Labor Richie (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet 86% Love's Long Journey Cookie (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 33% Hijack Roger Tate (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 21% Houdini Usher (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 56% The Killing Jar Det. Bernie Morris (Character) - 1997
      6% 46% Lightning Jack Mr. Doyle (Character) $15.3M 1994
      40% 48% Last Action Hero Lt. Dekker (Character) - 1993
      21% 50% National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 Captain Doyle (Character) $28.0M 1993
      No Score Yet 20% Sketch Artist Milon (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Columbo: A Bird in the Hand Lt. Robertson (Character) - 1992
      55% 55% Farewell to the King Sgt. Tenga (Character) $2.0M 1989
      31% 50% Lock Up Eclipse (Character) $20.3M 1989
      79% 61% Licence to Kill Sharkey (Character) $34.7M 1989
      67% 64% *batteries not Included Harry Noble (Character) $32.9M 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shooting Stars Tubbs (Character) - 1983
      92% 69% 48 HRS. Haden (Character) - 1982
      75% 71% Cannery Row Hazel (Character) - 1982
      77% 69% Used Cars Jim (Character) - 1980
      No Score Yet No Score Yet City in Fear Captain Madison (Character) - 1980
      71% 82% Rocky II Meat Foreman (Character) - 1979
      91% 79% Norma Rae James Brown (Character) - 1979
      40% 44% Paradise Alley Big Glory (Character) - 1978
      94% 81% Hard Times Hammerman (Character) - 1975
      No Score Yet 28% Bank Shot Hermann X (Character) - 1974
      93% 75% Dillinger Reed Youngblood (Character) - 1973
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Snatched Cheech (Character) - 1973

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 79% Columbo Lt. Robertson (Guest Star) 1992
      97% No Score Yet Hill Street Blues Jerome Simmons (Guest Star) 1985
      100% 81% Wonder Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1978