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Frank McRae dead: James Bond star dies aged 80

James Bond star Frank McRae has died (Picture: Eon Productions & United Artists)

Former NFL-player turn actor Frank McCrae has died aged 80.

The star appeared on James Bond film License to Kill in 1989 as Sharkey, as well as Last Action Hero alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger.

His death was confirmed to Variety by his daughter-in-law Suzanne McRae who said the star died from a heart attack in Santa Monica on April 29.

Before his career in Hollywood, McRae – who stood at a burly six-and-a-half feet tall – was an NRL player for the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams as a defensive tackle.

The star’s first credited role was in the 1973 TV movie Snatched, before he went on to appear in more than 40 films across his lengthy career in front of the screen.

License to Kill was perhaps his best-known role in which he played a close friend of Timothy Dalton’s 007 and Felix Leiter (David Hedison). Sadly, as Bond fans will recall, the fisherman pays the price for his links to the suited and booted spy.

The official James Bond account shared a tribute as a statement read on Twitter: ‘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.’

He’s also remembered as the exasperated police captain, Lieutenant Dekker, in Last Action Hero, who was often going up against Arnie’s action hero parody, Jack Slater.

McRae also appeared in Hard Times, Norma Rae, Red Dawn, Big Wednesday and starred alongside action stalwart Sylvester Stallone in films including Paradise Alley, Lock Up and Rocky II.

His impressive acting CV also sported National Lampoon’s Vacation, 1941, Loaded Weapon, Batteries Not Included and Used Cars, while he appeared in TV series Magnum, P.I. and Quiuncy M.E. Clearly finding a niche in police tales, he played a police captain on screen four separate times from 1982 to 1983.

McRae is survived by son Marcellus, daughter-in-law Suzanne, and three grandchildren: Camden, Jensen, and Holden.

It’s been reported donations his memory can be made to Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya.


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