R. Lee Ermey, 'Full Metal Jacket' sergeant dies at 74

R. Lee Ermey dead: 'Full Metal Jacket' actor passes away at 74

R. Lee Ermey Cause of Death: How Did the Actor Die?

He also acted as a military consultant to director Francis Ford Coppola on the movie, a role he was only originally hired for by Kubrick on Full Metal Jacket.

IMDb says Ermey served 14 months in Vietnam and later served two terms in Japan before injuries forced him into retirement.

"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", Rogin wrote.

R. Lee Ermey, a native of Emporia, Kan., remembered by many for his performance as a hard-charging and relentless gunnery sergeant in the movie Full Metal Jacket, has died, according to his longtime manager. Given the choice of jail time or the military, he opted for the Marine Corps, serving as a drill instructor in San Diego in the 1960s. It's said that Ermey wrote much of his characters extensive speeches, in which he goaded the troops-in particular Vincent D'Onofrio's dimwitted Private "Gomer Pyle" Lawrence. If you thought he was motivating in Full Metal Jacket you should have seen him on the firing line when points mattered.

Born in Kansas in 1944, Ermey gained his first appearing position whereas learning drama on the College of Manila within the Philippines, touchdown an element as a helicopter pilot within the 1979 traditional Apocalypse Now.

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Kubrick told Rolling Stone Ermey ad libbed around half of his dialogue.

"In the course of hiring the Marine recruits, we interviewed hundreds of guys". He was also a drill instructor for the Marines.

The 1987 film's Sgt. Hartman's no-nonsense style was so memorable film audiences couldn't believe they were watching a novice actor. Lee came up with, I don't know, 150 pages of insults'.

The part earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Some of his other film credits include Mississippi Burning, Fletch Lives, Se7en, the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Toy Story, and Prefontaine. Ermey also hosted documentary shows on the military including "Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey" on the History Channel and "GunnyTime" on the Outdoor Channel.

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