R. Lee Ermey, famous for his tough-guy role in 'Full Metal Jacket,' dies at 74

R. Lee Ermey, famous for his tough-guy role in 'Full Metal Jacket,' dies at 74

R. Lee Ermey, the character actor famous for his bristling, Golden Globe-nominated role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's 1987 film Full Metal Jacket, has died at age 74.

Ronald Lee Ermey was himself a Marine for 11 years (who retired in 1971), a staff sergeant who served in Vietnam and Okinawa, Japan, and was later awarded the honorary rank of gunnery sergeant.

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).

His manager, Bill Rogin, shared the news of Ermey's death on social media Sunday night, and said the actor died from complications of pneumonia.

"It is extremely difficult 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 wrote. "He has also contributed many iconic and indelible characters on film that will live on forever.

"Please support your men and women in uniform. That's what he wanted most of all. Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed."

Born Ronald Lee Ermey
March 24, 1944
Emporia, Kansas, U.S.
Died April 15, 2018 (aged 74)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, voice actor, drill instructor
Years active 1978–2018
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) m. 1975; his death 2018)
Children 4
Military career
Nickname(s) "The Gunny"
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1961–1972
Rank USMC-E6.svg Staff Sergeant
USMC-E7.svgGunnery Sergeant (Honorary)
Unit India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion
Marine Wing Support Group 17
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Meritorious Unit Commendation
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross

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