"Full Metal Jacket" actor R. Lee Ermey has died


He also played track and field coach and Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman in "Prefontaine", General Kramer in Toy Soldiers and Mayor Tilman in Mississippi Burning.

R. Lee Ermey, a native of Emporia, Kan., remembered by many for his performance as a hard-charging and relentless gunnery sergeant in the movie Full Metal Jacket, has died, according to his longtime manager. "He will be greatly missed by all of us", Rogin's message said. "Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed". He served 14 months in Vietnam, and became a staff sergeant in Okinawa, before he was medically discharged in 1972 due to injuries.

The behind-the-scenes story goes that Ermey was originally hired to advise and train the actor who would play the Full Metal Jacket role, but Kubrick was so impressed by what he saw, he offered Ermey the part. As an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment, Ermey also served as a board member of the National Rifle Association.

"Right here you're all equally nugatory", Ermey/Hartman says by the use of introduction.

Ermey's tough-guy persona on television and in movies contrasted his real life. He was later awarded the honorary rank of gunnery sergeant.

However having turned Non-public Pyle right into a killing machine, Hartman is helpless when his personal creation turns in him, gunning him down the night time after boot camp commencement.

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He remained one of the few conservative voices in Hollywood.

"I've had a really fruitful profession". From 2002 to 2009, Ermey hosted the history channel series Mail Call, where he read and answered viewer questions regarding weapons, equipment, customs, and terminology used by the USA military now and in the past.

Truly, he corrected, "I am an Impartial, however I stated one thing unhealthy concerning the president".

He was a board member of powerful United States gun lobby group the National Rifle Association. Is there a film quote that particularly stands out for you? "They will destroy you".

"They taught me how to be an honorable human being".