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‘James Bond,’ ‘Final Action Hero’ actor Frank McRae dead at 80

Frank McRae, the ’80s and ’90s motion star who appeared in movies equivalent to “License To Kill” and “Final Action Hero,” died of a coronary heart assault on April 29, his daughter-in-law confirmed to Selection. He was 80.

The Memphis, Tennessee, native appeared in additional than 40 movies throughout his three-decade profession. Standing an imposing 6½ ft tall, McRae cornered the market on tough-guy characters in movies starting from “Massive Wednesday” to “48 Hrs.,” and even “Nationwide Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1.”

The performer is probably greatest identified for enjoying the James Bond ally Sharkey within the 1989 spy flick “License To Kill.” He additionally memorably appeared as Dekker within the 1993 motion film parody “Final Action Hero” alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Frank McRae and Sylvester Stallone in "Lockup" (1989).
Frank McRae and Sylvester Stallone in “Lock Up” (1989).
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Earlier than appearing, McRae had a quick stint within the NFL, the place he performed defensive deal with for the Chicago Bears and the Los Angeles Rams, Selection reported.

Cinema buffs had been devastated over the athlete-cum-actor’s passing.

One fan tweeted, “RIP #FrankMcRae. A brilliantly versatile actor {and professional} American Soccer participant, who appeared in numerous nice films within the 1980s and 1990s. Every little thing from Sci-Fi to Action, Drama and Comedy. Greatest identified to #JamesBond Followers as Sharkey in #LicenceToKill (1989).”

From left: George C. Scott, Bob Balaban and Frank McRae in "The Bank Shot" (1974)
(From left) George C. Scott, Bob Balaban and Frank McRae in “The Financial institution Shot” (1974)
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“Not Frank McRae! The quintessential indignant police chief in 48 Hours, Final Action Hero and Nationwide Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1. Terrific as Bond’s ally in Licence To Kill, too,” wrote one other crestfallen commenter.

James Bond’s official Twitter account additionally paid homage to McRae, writing: “We’re sorry to listen to that Frank McRae, who performed Sharkey in Licence To Kill, has handed away. Our ideas are along with his household and associates.”

The late actor is survived by his son Marcellus and his grandchildren Camden, Jensen and Holden.

Frank McRae in "Batteries Not Included" (1987)
Frank McRae in “*Batteries Not Included” (1987)
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