Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

R. Lee Ermey Cause of Death: How Did the Actor Die?

R. Lee Ermey Cause of Death: How Did the Actor Die?

He then channeled that experience into his role as the petrifying Senior Drill Instructor Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's 1987 Vietnam classic Full Metal Jacket, who would shriek at his recruits and bully them into becoming combat-ready Marines. Additionally, he served 14 months in the Vietnam War and completed two tours in Okinawa, Japan.

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

R Lee Ermey, who was best known for his unforgiving role in Full Metal Jacket, has died. Ermey was nominated for a Golden Globe award for the role.

"It's with deep disappointment that I remorse to tell you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") handed away this morning from problems of pneumonia", Mr Rogin tweeted. The Corps later bestowed an honorary gunnery sergeant rank upon Ermey.

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And fans are remembering him by replaying the famous scene from Full Metal Jacket, in which he punishes the new Marines when one of them is caught with a doughnut. Kubrick was usually not very keen on actors improvising in his films, but he was so taken with Ermey that he allowed him to improv and write much of his own dialogue for the part. The actor, marine and former drill instructor appeared in more than 70 films. When giving orders to clean the barracks latrine, Ermey's character said: "I want that head so sanitary and squared away that the Virgin Mary herself would be proud to go in there and take a dump". Ermey had dramatic roles in other movies like Apocalypse Now, Leaving Las Vegas, Se7en and Dead Man Walking along with comedic roles in films like Saving Silverman.

One of six boys, he was born Ronald Lee Ermey in Emporia, Kansas, on March 24, 1944. "My demeanor happens to be a bit more authoritative and film directors, producers want to capitalize on that".

Ermey also lent his voice as the plastic toy soldiers' leader in Toy Story. These include Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey, where he talked about the development of the different types of weapons, and the History Channel show Mail Call, in which he provided his knowledge about modern and historic military issues. Please support your men and women in uniform.

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