James Bond star Frank McRae has died aged 80: actor and former football player dies of heart attack
- The actor died of a heart attack on April 29, his stepdaughter confirmed
- Frank was best known for his role as a friend of famous spy Sharkey in License to Kill from 1989 and played professional football in the 1960s.
- Fans paid tribute to the ‘wonderful, versatile and charismatic’ actor on social media
James Bond star Frank McRae has died aged 80.
The actor died of a heart attack in Santa Monica on April 29, his stepdaughter confirmed to Variety.
Screen star Frank was best known for his role as a friend of famed spy Sharkey in License to Kill in 1989 and previously played defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams in the 1960s. .
Tragic: James Bond star Frank McRae has died aged 80 (pictured in 1993)
The official James Bond Twitter account paid tribute on Thursday, writing: ‘We are sorry to hear that Frank McRae, who played Sharkey in License To Kill, has passed away. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.
Fans of the movie star shared their condolences on social media, writing: “ RIP the irreplaceable Frank McRae – 1944 – 2021. Such a wonderful actor who uplifted every scene and every movie he appeared in.
‘#LastActionHero #LicenceToKill #LockUp # 48Hrs # Rocky2 # FrankMcRae.RIP #FrankMcRae. A brilliantly versatile actor and professional American football player, who appeared in countless major films in the 1980s and 1990s.
“Everything from science fiction to action, drama and comedy. Best known to #JamesBond fans as Sharkey in #LicenceToKill (1989).
Heartbreaking: The actor died of a heart attack in Santa Monica on April 29, his stepdaughter (pictured at Paradise Alley in 1978) confirmed
‘Our hearts are with his family and friends’: James Bond’s official Twitter account paid tribute on Thursday
“Sad to hear that Frank McRae has passed away. His character Sharkey was one of the strengths of License to Kill; charismatic and provided great comic relief. #RIPFrankMcRae #JamesBond.
“Not Frank McRae! The quintessential Angry Chief of Police in 48 Hours, Last Action Hero and the Loaded Weapon of National Lampoon 1. Excellent as a Bond ally in License To Kill, too. (sic)
The late performer is survived by his son Marcellus and his grandchildren Camden, Jensen and Holden.
Frank entered the theater industry when he played bank robber Reed Youngblood in the 1973 film Dillinger, after a brief stint in the sport.
The thespian went on to play the angry police captain Haden in a 48 Hrs comedy film. in 1982, who emulated Lieutenant Dekker 11 years later in Last Action Hero alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The ex-sportsman’s biggest role to date was in the sixteenth episode of the 007 series with Timothy Dalton – the fourth actor to play the secret agent.
Frank has also appeared in four films with Sylvester Stallone, including FIST (1978), Paradise Alley (1978), Rocky II (1979) and Lock Up (1989).
Since playing Cookie in made-for-television films Love’s Long Journey and Love’s Abiding Joy in 2005 and 2006 respectively, the Memphis native has kept a relatively low profile onscreen.
One of his last jobs saw him playing the character of General Jagger Daniels in the animated film The 500 Foot Sister two years before his death.
‘Rest in peace, the irreplaceable Frank McRae’: fans of the movie star shared their condolences on social media