Frank McRae

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 ... Read more »
Born: 06/02/1942

Filmography

Actor (40)

Love's Abiding Joy 2006 (Movie)

Cookie (Actor)

ER 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Houdini (TNT) 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Nick Nolte 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. P's Dancing Sushi Bar 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lightning Jack 1994 (Movie)

Mr Doyle (Actor)

Last Action Hero 1993 (Movie)

Dekker (Actor)

National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 1993 (Movie)

Captain Doyle (Actor)

The Sketch Artist 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Poochinski 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Farewell to the King 1989 (Movie)

Sergeant Lionel Tenga (Actor)

Licence to Kill 1989 (Movie)

Sharkey (Actor)

Lock Up 1989 (Movie)

Eclipse (Actor)

The Wizard 1989 (Movie)

Spanky (Actor)

Batteries Not Included 1987 (Movie)

Harry Noble (Actor)

Red Dawn 1984 (Movie)

Mr Teasdale (Actor)

National Lampoon's Vacation 1983 (Movie)

Grover (Actor)

48 HRS. 1982 (Movie)

Captain Haden (Actor)

Cannery Row 1982 (Movie)

Hazel (Actor)

Used Cars 1980 (Movie)

Jim--the Mechanic (Actor)

1941 1979 (Movie)

Ogden Johnson Jones (Actor)

Norma Rae 1979 (Movie)

James Brown (Actor)

Rocky II 1979 (Movie)

Meat Foreman (Actor)

Big Wednesday 1978 (Movie)

Sergeant (Actor)

F.I.S.T. 1978 (Movie)

Lincoln Dombrowsky (Actor)

Paradise Alley 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

The End 1978 (Movie)

Male Nurse (Actor)

Pipe Dreams 1976 (Movie)

Moose (Actor)

The Orphan and the Dude 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Bank Shot 1973 (Movie)

Herman X (Actor)

Dillinger 1973 (Movie)

Reed Youngblood (Actor)

Asteroid (TV Show)

Actor

City in Fear (TV Show)

Actor

Columbo: A Bird in the Hand (TV Show)

Actor

Hostage Flight (TV Show)

Actor

Love's Long Journey (TV Show)

Actor

One Hell of a Guy (TV Show)

Actor

Shooting Stars (TV Show)

Actor

Snatched (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

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