Ac­tor’s roles true to life

Windsor Star - - YOU -

R. Lee Ermey, a for­mer Marine who made a ca­reer in Hol­ly­wood play­ing hard-nosed mil­i­tary men like Gun­nery Sgt. Hart­man in Stan­ley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, has died. Ermey’s long­time man­ager Bill Ro­gin says he died April 15 from pneu­mo­nia-re­lated com­pli­ca­tions. He was 74. Ermey 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?” His first film credit was as a he­li­copter pilot in Fran­cis Ford Cop­pola’s Apoc­a­lypse Now, quickly fol­lowed by a part in The Boys in Com­pany C as a drill in­struc­tor.

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