R. Lee Ermey, Actor In ‘Full Metal Jacket,’ Dies At 74

“He has also contributed many iconic and indelible characters on film that will live on forever.”
The US Army tweeted: “Rest In Peace, Gunny. We are grateful for your service to our country and for supporting our servicemembers. Semper Fi.”
Ermey appeared in movies such as “Dead Man Walking,” “Seven,” “Prefontaine” and “Leaving Las Vegas.”
He did voice-overs and lighter content, lending his voice to “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy,” as well as the “Toy Story” movies, where he voiced Sergeant or just “Sarge,” the green Army soldier. And he had two programs on the History Channel: “Mail Call” — in which he answered questions about the military — and “Lock N’ Load with R. Lee Ermey,” focusing on weapons.
Ermey was born in Emporia, Kansas, on March 24, 1944.
After serving in the Marines, he enrolled at the University of Manila in the Philippines by using his G.I. bill benefits and he studied drama. “Apocalypse Now” was being filmed in the area and that’s where Ermey had his first featured role in an acting career that spanned both film and television, according to his website.
“The real R. Lee Ermey was a family man, and a kind and gentle soul. He was generous to everyone around him. And, he especially cared deeply for others in need,” Rogin said in a statement.
“Please support your men and women in uniform. That’s what he wanted most of all.”

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