R. Lee Ermey, 'Full Metal Jacket' sergeant dies at 74

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Actor, television personality and former U.S. Marine Corps gunnery sergeant R. Lee Ermey attends the 2016 National Shooting Sports Foundation's Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show to promote his Outdoor Channel show "Gunnytime with R. Lee Ermey" at the Sands Expo and Convention Center on January 19, 2016, in Las Vegas.

Full Metal star R. Lee Ermy has died aged 74 from complications of pneumonia.

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.


The actor was known for playing military and law-enforcement figures, including the voice of Sarge, the leader of the little green army men in the Toy Story movies; Sheriff Hoyt in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake franchise; and a police captain in Se7en (1995). 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. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the always incredible R. Lee Ermey has passed away. He has meant so much to so many people.

"I used a quote of his from Full Metal Jacket for my senior year quote in high school, it's safe to say the yearbook committee didn't publish it". He was initially presupposed to be a technical adviser, however Kubrick supplied him the function of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman after seeing a demo tape of Emery railing at extras.

Ermey was an awesome actor who was in several films and "Full Metal Jacket" was not the only one. It's actually the Riflemen's Creed. Ermey wasn't originally going to act in the movie, he was hired on as a consultant, but a training video that he made convinced Kubrick to cast him in one of the most iconic roles in movie history.


The Kanas native was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his memorable performance in "Full Metal Jacket", in which he immortalized lines such as: "What is your major malfunction?"

What do you know R. Lee Ermey from?

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.


Rogin continued to say that R. Lee Ermey will be missed and also added that nobody was prepared for his death.

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