R. lee ermey, 74, known for playing drill sergeant in ‘Full Metal Jacket’
R. Lee Ermey, an actor whose barking, foulmouthed drill sergeant in “Full Metal Jacket” highlighted a decadeslong career in which he frequently portrayed authority figures, died Sunday morning. He was 74.
His longtime manager, Bill Rogin, said Ermey had died from complications of pneumonia at a hospital in Santa Monica, California.
Ermey, who was nicknamed the Gunny, earned a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor with his performance as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in “Full Metal Jacket,” Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 film.
In a memorable opening monologue, Ermey’s character berates fear-stricken military recruits, hurling an avalanche of verbal insults that are both inventive and demeaning. His eyes bulging and his jaw square, he renames one recruit “Private Snowball,” knees another in the groin and chokes a third to stop him from smiling.