Actor R Lee Ermey, known for his role as foul-mouthed Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Vietnam War film Full Metal Jacket, has died aged 74. "My demeanor happens to be a bit more authoritative and film directors, producers want to capitalize on that".
In addition to his role in Stanley Kubrick's Oscar-nominated film, which earned him a best supporting actor Golden Globe nod, Ermey had several other mostly authority figure roles to his credit, including Sheriff Hoyt in 2003's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", a police captain in "Se7en", and the voice of the plastic army men's leader Sarge in "Toy Story". He was initially presupposed to be a technical adviser, however Kubrick supplied him the function of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman after seeing a demo tape of Emery railing at extras. "I had one thing unsavory to say concerning the president's administration, and although I did vote for him the primary time round, I used to be blackballed".
Ermey has died from complications of pneumonia. Please support your men and women in uniform.
Bill Rogin first announced R. Lee Ermey's death through his official Twitter page and then later took to Facebook to post a tribute to the late actor and military veteran. The judge gave Ermey a simple choice between jail or the military.
At the age of 17, R. Lee Ermey joined the United States Marine Corps and went through training in San Diego, California in 1961. He also hosted military documentary shows like the History Channel's Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey, and GunnyTime on the Outdoor Channel.
Ronald Lee Ermey served as a marine for eleven years. Ermey spent 14 months in Vietnam and was later discharged due to medical injuries suffered.
One of his first appearances on the big screen was in the 1979 movie Apocalypse Now, where he starred as a helicopter pilot. Ermey was a staunch conservative, but admitted to voting for Barack Obama. In 2010, he told TMZ he was sacked from a Geico commercial for saying President Obama "impose socialism" on the U.S. He later apologized for the remarks.
Rest in peace, Mr. Ermey.
One person wrote: "God never takes someone early, they're just needed in heaven for a higher objective, godspeed R. Lee Ermey".