R. Lee Ermey, famous for his tough-guy role in 'Full Metal Jacket,' dies at 74

From the article:

R. Lee Ermey, the character actor famous for his bristling, Golden Globe-nominated role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 film Full Metal Jacket, has died at age 74.

Ronald Lee Ermey was himself a Marine for 11 years (who retired in 1971), a staff sergeant who served in Vietnam and Okinawa, Japan, and was later awarded the honorary rank of gunnery sergeant,

The actor was known for playing military and law-enforcement figures, including the voice of Sarge, the leader of the little green army men in the Toy Story movies; Sheriff Hoyt in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake (2003), and a police captain in Se7en (1995).

His manager, Bill Rogin, shared the news of Ermey’s death on social media Sunday night, and said the actor died from complications of pneumonia.



Sorry to hear this. 74 isn’t that old.


I think Art Bell was only 72.

That movie was disturbing. A good cast.
May he rest in peace.


Ironically I just watched (again) the first half of Full Metal Jacket the other night. It is really two movies. And the first half is the best because of Ermey. He was hired as a consultant for the movie but he was so good they ended up using him as an actor.

Too disturbing for me.

At first I thought you meant Art Howe, former Mets manager. He’s still alive at 71 however.

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