Full Metal Jacket Star R. Lee Ermey Dies at 74

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

Thirty years after leaving the Marine Corps, Ermey received an honorary post-service promotion to gunnery sergeant for his continued support to Americans in the military.

Ermey carved his place into cinema history with his memorable portrayal of foul-mouthed Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Kubrick's 1987 Vietnam War drama, and he would go on to play tough-as-nails authority figures from coaches to colonels to sheriffs and generals over a almost four-decade career in film and television.

He was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actor for his powerful performance in the movie.

In a statement on Twitter, Bill Rogin said Ermey had died due to complications from pneumonia. "He will be greatly missed by all of us", he wrote.

While studying at the University of Manila in Philippines, Ermey was cast as a chopper pilot in "Apcalypse Now", where he also served as a technical advisor to director Francis Ford Coppola. He was generous to everyone around him.

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On top of his voice acting, he hosted two programs for the History Channel: "Mail Call", in which he provided expertise on military issues, both modern and historic, and "Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey", which focused on the development of different types of weapons. 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.

There is a quote made famous in Full Metal Jacket. It's actually the Riflemen's Creed. "There are many like it, but this one is mine, '" Rogin added. And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness.

Although Ermey identified himself as a political independent, many of his views aligned closely with the Republican party. "I've accomplished over 70 characteristic movies", he stated.

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". His full name was Ronald Lee Ermey.

He is survived by his wife, Marianila Ermey; his brothers Jack Ermey and Terry Ermey; his children Kim Bolt, Rhonda Chilton, Anna Liza Cruz, Betty Ermey, Evonne Ermey and Clinton Ermey; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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