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R. Lee Ermey, drill instructor in "Full Metal Jacket", dead at 74

R. Lee Ermey, drill instructor in

"It is with great sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ('The Gunny') passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia".

Ermey's manager and publicist Bill Rogin, confirmed his death from complications due to pneumonia, according to a Facebook announcement on Sunday. "He will be greatly missed by all of us", Rogin's message said.

Ermey also lent his distinctive voice to animated characters, such as the plastic toy soldier in Pixar's Toy Story films, and played many military and police roles on television. 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. When the news first hit the Internet, some people wondered if it was a hoax, but The Hollywood Reporter is sharing that R. Lee Ermey really did pass away on April 15, 2018.

"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". After being hired as a technical advisor for "Full Metal Jacket", Ermey was instead moved to a speaking role after proving just how well he could yell at subordinates. It's actually the Riflemen's Creed. "There are many like it, but this one is mine" to describe Ermey.




Ermey studied criminology and drama at the University of Manila after his time in the military, and launched his acting career as a Marine in 1978's The Boys in Company C.

Actor R Lee Ermey, known for his role as foul-mouthed Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Vietnam War film Full Metal Jacket, has died aged 74. However, Stanley Kubrick was so impressed by an instructional tape that Ermey put together that he not only cast him, but even let him improvise much of his own dialogue. Ermey appeared in over 60 films in his lifetime.

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

What do you know R. Lee Ermey from? 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. It's no stretch at all for me to say Hoyt is more terrifying than the other characters in the film, including Leatherface.