Lee Ermey, hard-nosed marine sergeant in 'Full Metal Jacket,' dies at 74

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

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

R. Lee Ermey, the Golden Globe-nominated actor best known for his role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in "Full Metal Jacket", has died, according to a tweet signed by his manager and posted to Mr. Ermey's Twitter account.

Ermey's manager and publicist Bill Rogin, confirmed his death from complications due to pneumonia, according to a Facebook announcement on Sunday.

Ronald Lee Ermey joined the United States Marine Corps at 17 and served in aviation support before becoming a drill instructor. Additionally, he served 14 months in the Vietnam War and completed two tours in Okinawa, Japan. Ermey enjoyed a long and productive career portraying military and law enforcement roles. Ermey had a small part in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, before landing a bigger role in Full Metal Jacket. This was a rarity for Kubrick, but everything from Ermey's undeniably original insults to his real life experiences proved to the auteur that he was the only man for the job.

In his function as a drill teacher breaking in new Marines at boot camp on Parris Island, S.C., Ermey roared his method into movie historical past by berating his unlucky prices. He was medically discharged in 1972.

"He will be greatly missed by all of us..." Those roles included Sheriff Hoyt in 2003's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", and a police captain in "Se7en". He provided voices for characters in Disney Pixar's Toy Story and Spongebob Squarepants.

In recent years, Ermey, an NRA board member, claimed he had been blackballed by Hollywood for his disapproval of President Obama. From 2002 to 2009, Ermey hosted the history channel series Mail Call, where he read and answered viewer questions regarding weapons, equipment, customs, and terminology used by the USA military now and in the past. "I've accomplished over 70 characteristic movies", he stated. "They will destroy you". They're hateful people (who) don't just not like you, they want to take away your livelihood. that's why I live up in the desert on a dirt road.

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