R. Lee Ermey, 'Full Metal Jacket' sergeant dies at 74

R. Lee Ermey, 'Full Metal Jacket' star, dead at 74

Beloved actor and television star R. Lee Ermey, who portrayed the tough-as-nails "Gunnery Sergeant Hartman" in the movie "Full Metal Jacket", has died at 74.

Ermey's death came from complications with 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.

Ermey's manager said the actor passed away following "complications of pneumonia" in a statement on the actor's Twitter account. "He will be greatly missed by all of us".

Ermey was in the military for 11 years as a staff sergeant and honorary gunnery sergeant and served as a drill instructor in the Marine Corps.

And fans are remembering him by replaying the famous scene from Full Metal Jacket, in which he punishes the new Marines when one of them is caught with a doughnut. He has also contributed many iconic and indelible characters on film that will live on forever.

Ermey was originally meant to function only as a technical adviser to Kubrick, but when Kubrick was impressed by an instructional tape Ermey put together in which he went on long rants at extras, he instead cast him in the role of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. Lowery says watching Apocalypse and Full Metal Jacket were hard for him because of what the war was like. "My demeanor happens to be a bit more authoritative and film directors, producers want to capitalize on that".

According to Kubrick, Ermey also had a awful vehicle accident one night in the middle of production and was out for four and half months with broken ribs. According to his manager and others close to him, Ermey was a "family man with a kind and gentle soul" and a person who cared deeply for others. Please support your men and women in uniform.

Ermey also lent his voice as the plastic toy soldiers' leader in Toy Story.

One of six boys, he was born Ronald Lee Ermey in Emporia, Kansas, on March 24, 1944.

Ermey is survived by his wife of 43 years, Nila Ermey, and their four children.



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