R. Lee Ermey, star of 'Full Metal Jacket', has died

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Ermey later drew on his military experience for his breakout role in Stanley Kubrick's 1987 film Full Metal Jacket, winning a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of a hardened drill instructor putting young Marine Corps recruits through basic training.

"It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia", Mr Rogin tweeted.

Thirty years after leaving the Marine Corps, Ermey received an honorary post-service promotion to gunnery sergeant for his continued support to Americans in the military.

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He was best known for portraying Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in "Full Metal Jacket". If you thought he was motivating in Full Metal Jacket you should have seen him on the firing line when points mattered. Francis Ford Coppola hired him for an uncredited role as a helicopter pilot in 1979's Apocalypse Now.

Ermey was originally meant to function only as a technical adviser to Kubrick, but when Kubrick was impressed by an instructional tape Ermey put together in which he went on long rants at extras, he instead cast him in the role of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. During his almost 40-year career as an actor, he appeared in 60 films, often in roles related to army and some of great renown such as Texas massacre, Leaving Las Vegas, Seven, Mississippi in flames and death penalty, among or titles. Ermey appeared in over 60 films in his lifetime.

"Kubrick ate it up", Ermey said. "My demeanor happens to be a bit more authoritative and film directors, producers want to capitalize on that".

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Mr. Ermey also hosted two programs on the History Channel including "Mail Call" where he answered questions about the military and "Lock N' Load" which featured various types of weapons.

Regarding his most famous role in "Full Metal Jacket", Ermey told the Spokesman Review that he did not really like that character, because "I'm basically a nice person". "There are many like it, but this one is mine" to describe Ermey.

Mr. Ermey's other notable roles include turns in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Se7en", as well as the voice of Sarge, the leader of the plastic army men of "Toy Story". And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness.

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