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R. Lee Ermey, star of 'Full Metal Jacket', has died

16 April 2018, 12:24 | Winston Chapman

R. Lee Ermey’s Sgt. Hartman berating Matthew Modine’s Pvt. “Joker” in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket

R. Lee Ermey’s Sgt. Hartman berating Matthew Modine’s Pvt. “Joker” in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket

Ermey's long-time manager Bill Rogin shared the sad news on Twitter.

According to a statement that his manager posted on Facebook, Ermey died from complications from pneumonia.

It was Ermey's military experience and persona that landed him dozens of authority-figure roles over a almost 40-year film and television acting career.

"It's with deep disappointment that I remorse to tell you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") handed away this morning from problems of pneumonia", Mr Rogin tweeted. Ermey, a retired U.S. Marine and an honorary gunnery sergeant, served as a drill instructor during his tenure in the U.S. Marine Corps.

There is a quote made famous in Full Metal Jacket.

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It's gone down in history as one of the film's most iconic scenes. After some minor film parts, the actor was meant to advise on another movie as well: Full Metal Jacket. 'They didn't know what he was going to say, and we could see how they reacted. Kubrick' Full Metal Jacket production hired Ermey as a technical advisor but the legendary director ultimately hired him for the role after watching an instructional tape that showed the war veteran berating some of the film's extras. He was generous to everyone around him.

Although Ermey identified himself as a political independent, many of his views aligned closely with the Republican party. Please support your men and women in uniform. He starred in a series of other movies over the years, including Mississippi Burning, Prefontaine, Fletch Lives, and a remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Ermey also lent his voice as the plastic toy soldiers' leader in Toy Story. His full name was Ronald Lee Ermey.

Ermey is survived by his wife Nila of more than 40 years.

Ermey was born March 24, 1944, in Emporia, Kansas, and moved with his family to Toppenish, Washington, when he was 14, where he became a "troublemaker and a bit of a hell-raiser", according to the Civilian Marksmanship Program's online magazine.



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