Famous Actor R. Lee Ermey, Of Full Matel Jacket, Dies At 74

Posted by Sumaiya Ghani in Heartbreaking On 16th April 2018

Actor R. Lee Ermey died aged 74 on 15th April 2018 leaving us all shocked and sad. This talented actor was mainly famous for his military roles but in real life, he was a kind and gentle soul. The actor died due to complications in Pneumonia.

Actor R. Lee Ermey passed away at the age of 74.

Actor R. Lee Ermey, who was very famous for his role as foul-mouthed Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, has died at the age of 74.

The actor's longtime manager, Bill Rogin, broke this sad news through his statement on Twitter.


Ermey was born in 1944.

He tweeted: "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. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Semper Fi, Gunny. God speed."

Ermey was born in Kansas in 1944, he joined the Marine corps as a staff sergeant in the 1960s and early 1970s. He also served as a real life drill instructor. Ermey got a life-changing role in Stanley Kubrick's 1987 film Full Metal Jacket, which resulted in him being nominated for the golden globe awards.

Ermey was initially hired as technical advisor.

Ermey was at first hired as a technical advisor but after seeing his excellent acting skills, Kubrick offered him the role in the movie.

Ermey played many police and military roles in his career. Not many people know this but he also has lent his unique voice to our favorite animated characters such as plastic toy soldier from Pixar's Toy Story films.


The real Lee Ermey was a family man, and a kind and gentle soul.

He was also the board member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), the powerful US gun lobby group.

His manager Bill Rogin also posted on Facebook saying: "It is extremely difficult to truly quantify all of the great things this man has selflessly done for, and on behalf of, our many men and women in uniform.

"Gunnery Sergeant Hartman of Full Metal Jacket fame was a hard and principled man," he wrote. "The real R Lee Ermey was a family man, and a kind and gentle soul."

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