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James Bond actor, Frank McRae, dies aged 8o


American National Football League player-turned-actor, Frank McRae has died of heart attack in Santa Monica.

He died aged 80.

The news was confirmed by his daughter-in-law, Suzanne McRae.

After his football career, McRae became an actor in the entertainment industry, appearing in more than 40 movies.

Yahoo Entertainment recalled some of his biggest movie roles which include Last Action Hero with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hard Times, Norma Rae, Red Dawn, Big Wednesday and F.I.S.T. with Sylvester Stallone, with whom he also appeared in Paradise Alley, Lock Up and Rocky II.

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McRae also appeared in the 1989 James Bond film ‘Licence to Kill’ as Sharkey, a close friend of Timothy Dalton’s Agent 007 and David Hedison’s Felix Leiter.

Aside from his tough-guy roles, McRae also was in the comedy films National Lampoon’s Vacation, 1941, Loaded Weapon, Batteries Not Included and Used Cars.

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He also appeared next to opposite George C. Scott in ‘Bank Shot’ (1974).

His television credits include guest roles on such hit series as Hill Street Blues; Police Story, The Rockford Files, Magnum, P.I. and Quincy M.E.Survivors include his son, Marcellus, daughter-in-law Suzanne, and three grandchildren: Camden, Jensen, and Holden.

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McRae, who was born in Memphis, attended Tennessee State University as a double major in drama and history, then moved on to the NFL as a defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Rams.

Donations in his memory can be made to Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, an orphan elephant rescue and wildlife rehabilitation program in Kenya.