Full Metal Jacket star, Ermey, dies at 74

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Wash­ing­ton: US 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 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 Marines 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.

A board mem­ber of the pow­er­ful Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion, Ermey also hosted weapons- re­lated TV shows such as the His­tory Chan­nel's Lock n' Load with R. Lee Ermey and Gun­nyTime with R. Lee Ermey on the Out­door Chan­nel.

Marine R. Lee Ermey

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