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

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

Actor R. Lee Ermey, who is perhaps best known for his role as Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, has passed away from pneumonia complications. According to a statement that his manager posted on Facebook, Ermey died from complications from pneumonia.

US President George W. Bush (left) shakes hands with US actor and Marine Corps veteran R Lee Ermey after speaking to Veterans of Foriegn Wars at the VFW convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, 22 August 2005. He spent a year and two months in Vietnam from 1968 and was released from active military duty due to medical reasons in 1972.

Ermey also lent his distinctive voice to animated characters, such as the plastic toy soldier in Pixar's Toy Story films, and played many military and police roles on television. He portrayed a First Air Cavalry chopper pilot in Apocalypse Now, while also serving as a technical advisor to Francis Ford Coppola.

R. Lee rose to fame as callous Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in the 1987 film Full Metal Jacket. And, it is extremely hard to truly quantify all of the great things this man has selflessly done for, and on behalf of, our many men and women in uniform. It's a total bummer knowing that there won't be any more Ermey roles to look forward to.


There is a quote made famous in Full Metal Jacket.

The role, for which Ermey earned a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor, launched a career that included nearly 60 movies, flicks like "Mississippi Burning", "Se7en", "Leaving Las Vegas", "Man of the House" and the remake of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness. They didn't know what he was going to say, and we could see how they reacted. He came up with about 150 pages of insults.

All told, Ermey had roles in some 60-plus films, as well as several voice credits, including "The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy", "SpongeBob SquarePants", "The Simpsons", and "Family Guy". These include Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey, where he talked about the development of the different types of weapons, and the History Channel show Mail Call, in which he provided his knowledge about modern and historic military issues.

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