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Frank McRae

Highest Rated: 93% Dillinger (1973)

Lowest Rated: 6% Lightning Jack (1994)

Birthday: Mar 18, 1944

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA

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. Frank McRae died on April 29, 2021 in Santa Monica, CA at the age of 78.

Highest rated movies

48 HRS. Dillinger
Hard Times
Norma Rae
Licence to Kill
Used Cars
Cannery Row
Rocky II




No Score Yet No Score Yet Bad Labor Richie (Character) - 2018
No Score Yet 86% Love's Long Journey Cookie (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 40% Hijack Roger Tate (Character) - 1999
No Score Yet 21% Houdini Usher (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 62% The Killing Jar Det. Bernie Morris (Character) - 1997
6% 46% Lightning Jack Mr. Doyle (Character) $15.3M 1994
21% 49% National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 Captain Doyle (Character) $28M 1993
40% 47% Last Action Hero Lt. Dekker (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Columbo: A Bird in the Hand Lt. Robertson (Character) - 1992
No Score Yet 18% Sketch Artist Milon (Character) - 1992
23% 50% Lock Up Eclipse (Character) $20.3M 1989
77% 61% Licence to Kill Sharkey (Character) $34.7M 1989
55% 55% Farewell to the King Sgt. Tenga (Character) $2M 1989
60% 64% *batteries not Included Harry Noble (Character) $32.9M 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shooting Stars Tubbs (Character) - 1983
93% 69% 48 HRS. Haden (Character) - 1982
71% 71% Cannery Row Hazel (Character) - 1982
77% 69% Used Cars Jim (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet City in Fear Captain Madison (Character) - 1980
89% 79% Norma Rae James Brown (Character) - 1979
71% 82% Rocky II Meat Foreman (Character) - 1979
40% 44% Paradise Alley Big Glory (Character) - 1978
92% 81% Hard Times Hammerman (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 28% Bank Shot Hermann X (Character) - 1974
93% 74% Dillinger Reed Youngblood (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Snatched Cheech (Character) - 1973


No Score Yet No Score Yet Asteroid Unknown (Character) 1997
No Score Yet 83% Columbo Lt. Robertson (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hill Street Blues Jerome Simmons (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wonder Woman Unknown (Guest Star) 1978


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