Friday, 16 November, 2018

Full Metal Jacket Actor R. Lee Ermey Passes Away At 74

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Melinda Barton | 16 April, 2018, 15:33

Actor and retired US Marine R Lee Ermey - finest recognized for his position as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's Full Steel Jacket - has died, his supervisor has mentioned.

Following his death at the weekend, a statement was released by his longtime manger, Bill Rogin. "He will be greatly missed by all of us", he wrote. Lyon County History Center Director Greg Jordan had a chance to meet Ermey as part of Camp Tribute activities and the taping of Ermey's TV show Mail Call at the old Historical Society building. Ermey was originally brought on by Kubrick to act as a technical advisor, but Kubrick was so impressed at Ermey's rants that he cast him as Full Metal Jacket's famous drill sergeant. Posted to Vietnam, he spent 14 months in country before switching yo be a staff sergeant in Okinawa before he was discharged on medical grounds.

If you thought he was motivating in Full Metal Jacket you should have seen him on the firing line when points mattered. Ermey appeared in over 60 films in his lifetime.

"There's no doubt his Marine Corp training benefited him with his second career as an actor", wrote Modine, who played Private James T. "Joker" Davis in the film. "He has also contributed many iconic and indelible characters on film that will live on forever."Please support your men and women in uniform".

His manager said that while his characters were often hard-nosed and principled, the real Ermey was a family man and "a kind and gentle soul". It's actually the Riflemen's Creed. He had a series of other small roles until his casting in 1987's Full Metal Jacket.

One of his most unforgettable scenes is when he hones in on the overweight Private Pyle (Vincent D'Onofrio). There are many like it, but this one is mine'.

He also starred in "Se7en", "Apocalypse Now", the remake of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Mississippi Burning". And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness. That's what he wanted most of all.

Born in Kansas in 1944, Ronald Lee Ermey developed a reputation in his early days as a hellraiser, arrested for criminal mischief twice by the time he was 17.