James Bond star Frank McRae who played Sharkey in License To Kill dies aged 80

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James Bond actor Frank McRae, best known for playing Sharkey in 1989's Licence To Kill, has died at 80.

The star's daughter-in-law confirmed to Variety that the star passed away from a heart attack in Santa Monica on April 29.

The official Twitter account for the James Bond film franchise paid tribute to the late thespian, tweeting on Thursday: "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."

Before Frank began his successful career in Hollywood, he enjoyed a good run playing for the Chicago Bears and the Los Angeles Rams in the sixties.

The former footballer made his acting debut playing a bank robber Reed Youngblood in the 1973 flick Dillinger alongside Warren Oates.

He added to his acting credentials with roles in the comedy film 48 hours in 1982 and 1993's Last Action Hero – the latter of which he starred alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Frank's defining role came against 007 actor Timothy Dalton in the sixteenth instalment of the Bond franchise, License To Kill.

After keeping a low profile in the last few years, one of Frank's final gigs was as a voice actor for the 2018 animated film The 500 Foot Sister.

Tributes poured in on social media from far and wide.

Actor and director Robert Davi tweeted: "Saddened to hear of the passing of FRANK McRae a gentle soul – I remember his sense of humor and joy while we filmed License to Kill! Condolences to family and friends."

Another person tweeted: "Frank McRae ruled. All-time character actor. It was always a delight seeing him pop up in movies. I especially love his delivery of "He treated me like a dog, Mr. Wally!" in Vacation. Also great in Used Cars and 48 Hrs. He will be missed."

A third wrote: "Frank Mcrae who played Sharkey in Licence To Kill has passed away. Even with limited screen time, he managed to portray one of James Bond's most likeable allies. #RIPFrankMcrae @007."

Frank is survived by his son Marcellus and his grandchildren Camden, Jensen and Holden.

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