On Sunday, April 15, "Full Metal Jacket" actor dies from pneumonia complications. R. Lee Ermey was 74 years old.
“It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning,” his manager, Bill Rogers, wrote on Twitter. "Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed.”
The Kansas native spent over a decade in the United States Marine. He was a staff sergeant and honorary gunnery sergeant before he turned to the silver screen in "Full Metal Jacket."
In the 1987 film, Ermey is known for his classic, yet hilarious, lines, such as "What is your major malfunction numbnuts?” and “Five-foot-nine, I didn’t know they stacked (censored) that high!”
“They had already hired another actor to play Gunnery Sgt. Hartman, but Marines don’t just say ‘Oh’ and give up,” Ermey told "DoD News" in 2009. “We continue to march and we attack until we achieve our goal and we accomplish our mission.”
Ermey was able to convince and impress director Stanley Kubrick to give him the role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman which later brought Ermey a Supporting Actor nomination at the Golden Globes.
The war veteran had more than 60 film credits over his acting career which included roles in "Toy Story," "Apocalypse Now, and "Mississippi Burning."
However, his role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman was the character that made him a household name across America. Gun enthusiasts and people of the military, among others, appreciated Gunny and his quick-witted dialogue. He will be missed.
Please keep the Ermey family in your prayers during this difficult time.
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