‘Full Metal Jacket’ star R. Lee Ermey passes away at age 74 from com­pli­ca­tions of pneu­mo­nia

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US ac­tor and re­tired Marine R. Lee Ermey, best known for his role as foul-mouthed Gun­nery Sergeant Hart­man in Stan­ley Kubrick’s film Full Metal Jacket (1987), has died, his man­ager said on Sun­day. He was 74.

Man­ager Bill Ro­gin said the Golden Globe nom­i­nee Ermey died from com­pli­ca­tions of pneu­mo­nia.

“It is with deep sad­ness that I re­gret to in­form you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morn­ing from com­pli­ca­tions of pneu­mo­nia,” he said in a state­ment on Twit­ter.

“He will be greatly missed by all of us. Sem­per Fi, Gunny. God­speed,” he wrote, ref­er­enc­ing the motto of the US Marine Corps, in which Ermey served from 1961 to 1971, when he was med­i­cally dis­charged.

Born in Em­po­ria, Kansas in 1944, Ermey bagged his first act­ing role while study­ing drama at the Uni­ver­sity of Manila in the Philip­pines, land­ing a part as a he­li­copter pilot in Apoc­a­lypse Now (1979).

He went on to ap­pear in some 60 films, of­ten in mil­i­tary-re­lated roles.

Ermey also lent his voice to the likes of the Toy Story films as the gung ho plas­tic sol­dier Sarge, and The Simp­sons.

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