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Lee Ermey from 'Full Metal Jacket' Dies at 74

16 April, 2018, 09:13 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • R. Lee Ermey, 'Full Metal Jacket' star, dead at 74

United States actor and retired Marine R. Lee Ermey, best known for his role as foul-mouthed Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket", has died, his manager said Sunday.

Ermey's longtime manager announced the news via a tweet to Ermey's official Twitter account.

The decorated former real-life Marine Corps drill instructor served in Vietnam and loaned his knowledge and experience to add realism to movies that include "Apocalypse Now" and "The Boys In Company C", according to the Hollywood Reporter. He spent 14 months in Vietnam beginning in 1968 before moving to Okinawa.

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".

"Gunnery Sergeant Hartman of Full Metal Jacket fame was a hard and principled man", Rogin told Task & Purpose in a statement. Like with many people, he first caught my attention as the drill sergeant in Full Metal Jacket - I'd be quoting lines of his for many, many years.

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Ermey was best known for his role in "Full Metal Jacket". There are many Gunny's, but this one was ours.

Ermey was originally meant to function only as a technical adviser to Kubrick, but when Kubrick was impressed by an instructional tape Ermey put together in which he went on long rants at extras, he instead cast him in the role of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness.

"We lined them all up and did an improvisation of the first meeting with the drill instructor".

The role made an impression on viewers, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination and paved way for more film opportunities. "Lee came up with, I don't know, 150 pages of insults", Kubrick said. He provided voices for characters in Disney Pixar's Toy Story and Spongebob Squarepants. 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 US military now and in the past.

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

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