'Full Metal Jacket' star R. Lee Ermey, dies aged 74

Actor R. Lee Ermey dies at 74 following pneumonia battle

R. Lee Ermey, the actor best known for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in "Full Metal Jacket", died Sunday from complications of pneumonia. "My demeanor happens to be a bit more authoritative and film directors, producers want to capitalize on that".

Ermey later drew on his military experience for his breakout role in Stanley Kubrick's 1987 film Full Metal Jacket, winning a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of a hardened drill instructor putting young Marine Corps recruits through basic training.

"But Ermey's legacy extends far beyond his iconic roles". 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. "There are many like it, but this one is mine, '" Rogin added. Ermey, or Gunny as friends and family called him, reportedly passed away earlier this morning due to complications with pneumonia. Please support your men and women in uniform.

"He will probably be vastly missed by all of us", Rogin wrote.

"Basically a silver-haired judge... gave me a choice. Lee came up with, I don't know, 150 pages of insults".

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Ermey, born in Kansas on March 24, 1944, enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1961 at age 17. Ermey joined the Marine Corps. and was stationed in San Diego as a drill instructor.

However Ermey did not get his large break till eight years later, in Kubrick's personal tackle Vietnam.

After being medically discharged as an E-6 after in 1972 after a tour in Vietnam, Ermey reportedly struggled with his transition to civilian life.

R. Lee Ermey was cast in his first movie while he was attending the University of Manila in the Philippines.

Ermey's credits include Apocalypse Now, The Boys in Company C, Full Metal Jacket, The Frighteners, Mississippi Burning, Dead Man Walking, Leaving Las Vegas, Sommersby, Toy Story and two Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies. He was later fired from his Geico commercials for saying that Obama was destroying the country. Rest in Peace, R. Lee Ermey. Bill Rogin, the long-time manager for Ermey, also confirmed Ermey's death in a Twitter post on the evening of April 15, 2018.

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