R. Lee Ermey dies at 74

R. Lee Ermey dies at 74

R. Lee Ermey, a former drill instructor who became a Marine Corps icon for his portrayal of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman aka "The Gunny" in the 1972 film "Full Metal Jacket, is dead, his manager said". Rogin said the actor died on Sunday.

Ermey's first acting role was as a helicopter pilot in Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now.

He served 14 months in Vietnam, completed two tours in Japan, and had spent 11 years in the military before he retired and ventured out to Hollywood.

But his most memorable interpretation and one that made him world famous is that of grumpy and brutal Sergeant Hartman in metallic jacket, shot by Stanley Kubrick in 1987, in which he tries to convert inexperienced recruits in Marines prepared for combat.

"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, "Rogin said in a statement issued on Facebook".

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Ermey's manager, posting to the actor's Twitter account, said he died from "complications of pneumonia". Kubrick was usually not very keen on actors improvising in his films, but he was so taken with Ermey that he allowed him to improv and write much of his own dialogue for the part.

Ermey's career post-Full Metal Jacket was prolific, with around 60 film roles and a host of TV appearances to his credit. Although he was initially hired as an advisor, Kubrick was so impressed with a tape that he had recorded Ermelo himself that included him in cast. Another role he landed around that same time also hit close to home, playing a Marine drill instructor in Sidney Furie's The Boys in Company C.

Ermelo was nominated to Golden Globe for best Actor for his performance in metal Jacket. "They're driving us into bankruptcy so that they can impose socialism on us, and that's exactly what they're doing, and I'm sick and damn exhausted of it and I know you are too".

"And I love sunshine, I don't know about you". He voiced the animated character of Sarge in the movie Toy Story. 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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