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Overview (3)

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Died in Santa Monica, California, USA  (heart attack)
Height 6' 5½" (1.97 m)

Mini Bio (1)

African-American former NFL player, with plenty of height and built like an ox, Frank McRae scored over 40 film appearances predominantly as physically imposing men and authority figures, sometimes in quite comedic roles. McRae first came to attention playing a grinning jail inmate, "Reed Youngblood," helping Warren Oates escape in Dillinger (1973), and then quickly notched up minor tough guy parts in several films including Hard Times (1975), F.I.S.T. (1978) and Big Wednesday (1978). However, not to be typecast, McRae played some light-hearted & comedic performances in National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), *batteries not included (1987) and as a foul-mouthed mechanic in the hilarious Used Cars (1980). He also turned in a quite funny role in Loaded Weapon 1 (1993), and as Arnold Schwarzenegger's long-suffering police captain in Last Action Hero (1993).

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Family (1)

Children Marcellus

Trade Mark (1)

Playing a yelling police captain

Trivia (5)

Built like a solid oak, he later turned actor and found himself well-suited for roles in Sylvester Stallone's boxing films, particularly a more affecting role in Paradise Alley (1978), and other rugged fare.
Got his part in Dillinger (1973) by standing in a production executive's parking space until he was granted a meeting.
A star athlete in high school, McRae graduated from Tennessee State with a double major in drama and history. Had a brief career as a defensive tackle in the NFL, playing in 6 games for the Chicago Bears in 1967.
Has played a police captain four times: 48 Hrs. (1982), Another 48 Hrs. (1990), Loaded Weapon 1 (1993), and Last Action Hero (1993).
There was a character named Frank McRae in Flight of the Intruder (1991) (played by Ving Rhames).

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