Actor R. Lee Ermey dead at 74

  • Actor R. Lee Ermey dead at 74

Actor R. Lee Ermey dead at 74

Ermey, a Kansas native, served as a drill instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego between 1965 and 1967, and he also served a 14-month stint in Vietnam before he was medically discharged in 1972.

Deadline reports that Ermey's death was announced on social media by his long time manager, Bill Rogan.

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

The role, for which Ermey earned a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor, launched a career that included nearly 60 movies, flicks like "Mississippi Burning", "Se7en", "Leaving Las Vegas", "Man of the House" and the remake of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre".

Nila Ermey grew up in the Philippines about as far from Hollywood as possible, but she would end up spending her life near the bright lights of show business after meeting a fugitive whorehouse owner named R. Lee Ermey.

Regarding his most famous role in "Full Metal Jacket", Ermey told the Spokesman Review that he did not really like that character, because "I'm basically a nice person". He was generous to everyone around him.

In his function as a drill teacher breaking in new Marines at boot camp on Parris Island, S.C., Ermey roared his method into movie historical past by berating his unlucky prices. Those who knew the actor said he was a loving and devoted family man, caring deeply for his wife and their four children. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman of Full Metal Jacket fame was a hard and principled man. That's what he wanted most of all.

His first film role was as a First Air Cavalry chopper pilot in "Apocalypse Now" in 1979.

"I used a quote of his from Full Metal Jacket for my senior year quote in high school, it's safe to say the yearbook committee didn't publish it". It's actually the Riflemen's Creed. Please support your men and women in uniform. There are many Gunny's, but this one was OURS.

There are many Gunny's, but this one was OURS.

The role made an impression on viewers, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination and paved way for more film opportunities.

Mr. Ermey also hosted two programs on the History Channel including "Mail Call" where he answered questions about the military and "Lock N' Load" which featured various types of weapons. And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness.