Frank McRae, star of such movies as *batteries not included, License to Kill, Last Action Hero, has passed away at the age of 80 from a heart attack. He’s one of those actors who you know, but can’t place where you’ve seen him. He was well known playing the large yelling police captain…here he is, parodying himself in Nation Lampoons Loaded Weapon 1.
He was an NFL player who turned to acting. A star athlete in high school, he then went to Tennessee State University as a double major in drama and history. He had a brief career as a pro-football player, playing as a defense tackle for the LA Rams and Chicago Bears.
He turned to acting around 1973, in movies like Shaft in Africa and Dillinger, where he played Reed, who helps Dillinger escape from prison. According to IMdb, ‘he got the roll in Dillinger by standing in the production executives’ parking space until he was granted a meeting.’
He was one of those familiar faces that would turn up in a lot of movies, but you might not have been able to place his name, but always seemed like a genuinely nice guy. He retired from acting around 2006. He is survived by his son Marcellus and his grandchildren Camden, Jensen and Holden.
Donations in Frank McRae’s memory can be made to Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an orphan elephant rescue and wildlife rehabilitation program in Kenya.