Frank McRae, an NFL player-turned-actor who appeared in the James Bond
film Licence to Kill and in The Last Action Hero, died April 29 of a heart attack
in Santa Monica, He was 80.
The news was confirmed by his daughter-in-law, Suzanne McRae.
Frank McRae made six appearances for the Chicago Bears in the 1967 season as a
The actor starred as bank robber Reed Youngblood in the 1973 movie Dillenger but
is widely known for his role as Sharkey in the 1989 James Bond movie Licence to Kill.
The official James Bond Twitter account posted earlier today:
“We are sorry to hear that Frank McRae who played Sharkey in Licence to Kill has
passed away. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
Robert Davi, who played villain Franz Sanchez in the Bond movie, tweeted:
“Saddened to hear the passing of Frank McRae – a gentle soul. I remember his sense
of humor and joy while we filmed Licence to Kill. Condolences to his family and friends.”
McRae also appeared as the Walley World theme park security guard in the 1983 film National Lampoon’s Vacation.
He featured opposite Sylvester Stallone in four films: crime drama F.I.S.T, Paradise Alley, 1979 movie Rocky II and Lock-Up.