R. lee ermey, 74, known for play­ing drill sergeant in ‘Full Metal Jacket’

The Republican Herald - - OBITUARIES - by Matt steVens

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.

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