Full Metal Jacket Actor R. Lee Ermey Actor Passes Away At 74


Deadline reports that Ermey's death was announced on social media by his long time manager, Bill Rogan.

R. Lee Ermey gets a surprise hug from 4-year-old Bryant Teat, who ran up to Ermey and hugged him after Ermey signed an autograph in Hoover, Ala., in 2012. Additionally, he served 14 months in the Vietnam War and completed two tours in Okinawa, Japan. Ermey, a retired U.S. Marine and an honorary gunnery sergeant, served as a drill instructor during his tenure in the U.S. Marine Corps. Although he is probably best known for his role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, Ermey made a career of bringing no-nonsense military personnel to life on the big screen.

Kubrick told Rolling Stone that 50 percent of Ermey's dialogue in the film was his own. Kubrick hired him as a technical adviser before he cast him as the drill instructor. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman of Full Metal Jacket fame was a hard and principled man. He was given a medical discharge in 1972. He said, "do it and do it right, that's all I care about".

"He will be greatly missed by all of us..."

He had over 60 film and television credits, including working as a voice actor in "SpongeBob SquarePants" and "Family Guy". "Lee came up with, I don't know, 150 pages of insults".

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Columnist Glen Macnow said: "RIP R. Lee Ermey, who was terrific in Se7en, Mississippi Burning, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Simpsons and - especially - Full Metal Jacket".

An outspoken conservative, Ermey spoke to Fox Information in 2016 about being "blackballed" from Hollywood over his political opinions.

"Do you realize I have not done a movie in five to six years? Why?"

Ermey also hosted the History Channel series Mail Call and Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey and was a board member for the National Rifle Association, as well as a spokesman for Glock. 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.