Tue 17 Apr, 2018 08:27 am
R. Lee Ermey, actor in 'Full Metal Jacket,' dies at 74
R. Lee Ermey, the actor known for his Golden Globe-nominated role as an intimidating
drill sergeant in "Full Metal Jacket," died Sunday at the age of 74, according to his manager.
Ermey died from complications of pneumonia, said Bill Rogin, his manager, in a post on
Twitter. CNN's calls and emails to Rogin were not returned.
Ermey played the role of the tough Gunnery Sgt. Hartman, who trains a new group of
recruits in the 1987 film "Full Metal Jacket." He received a Golden Globe best supporting
actor nomination in the movie directed by Stanley Kubrick.
The Vietnam veteran brought authenticity to the role after having served in the Marine
Corps from 1961 to 1972. He spent two years as a drill instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit
Depot San Diego and rose to the rank of staff sergeant. He was medically retired for injuries
in 1971 and in 2002 he received an honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant, according to a
biography on his website.
"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," Rogin said in a statement issued
He was totally believable in that movie.
and his self-deprecating humor was quite evident in Mail Call...
my favorite gunnery sergeant
Good as Gregory House's father on "House, MD."