James Bond movie star Frank ‘Sharkey’ McRae has died. The actor and former football player’s daughter-in-law confirmed the death which occurred on 29 April. Frank also played professional football for the Chicago Bears and the Los Angeles Rams in the 60s.
James Bond star Frank McRae best known for his role as the famous spy’s friend Sharkey in 1989’s Licence to Kill has died from a heart attack aged 80. James Bond’s official Twitter account paid tribute on Thursday, writing:
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.
Fans paid tribute to the ‘wonderful, versatile and charismatic’ actor on social media. Read some of the eulogies:
Sad to hear Frank McRae has passed away. His character Sharkey was one of the highlights of Licence to Kill; charismatic and provided great comic relief. #RIPFrankMcRae #JamesBond.
Another fan said: Not Frank McRae! The quintessential angry police chief in 48 Hours, Last Action Hero and National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1. Terrific as Bond’s ally in Licence To Kill, too.’ (sic)
The late performer is survived by his son Marcellus and his grandchildren Camden, Jensen and Holden.