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R. Lee Ermey, Full Metal Jacket star, dead at 74

R. Lee Ermey, Full Metal Jacket star, dead at 74
From CBC - April 16, 2018

R. Lee Ermey, a former Marine who made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men like Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket,has died.

Ermey's longtime manager Bill Rogin says he died Sunday morning from pneumonia-related complications. He was 74.

The Kansas native was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his memorable performance in Full Metal Jacket,in which he immortalized lines such as: "What is your major malfunction?"

His co-stars Matthew Modine and Vincent D'Onofrio tweeted their condolences Sunday evening.

Born Ronald Lee Ermey in 1944, Ermey served 11 years in the Marine Corps and spent 14 months in Vietnam and then in Okinawa, Japan, where he became staff sergeant. His first film credit was as a helicopter pilot in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now,which was quickly followed by a part in The Boys in Company Cas a drill instructor.

He raked in more than 60 credits in film and television across his long career in the industry, often playing authority figures in everything from Se7ento The Texas Chainsaw Massacreremake.

The part he would become most well-known for, in Full Metal Jacket,was not even originally his. Ermey had been brought on as a technical consultant for the 1987 film, but he had his eyes on the role of the brutal gunnery sergeant and filmed his own audition tape of him yelling out insults while tennis balls flew at him. An impressed Kubrick gave him the role.

"A terrible loss"

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