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R. Lee Ermey

  • Birthplace: Emporia, Kansas
  • Birthday: March 24
Date of passing: 
April 15, 2018

Obituary

Obituary: 

R. Lee Ermey was an American actor.

He achieved his greatest fame when he played Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in the 1987 film Full Metal Jacket, which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Ermey drew on his real-life experience as a United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and drill instructor for the role.

His other film credits include Mississippi Burning, Prefontaine, the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Fletch Lives and Se7en.

R. Lee Ermey was an American actor.

He achieved his greatest fame when he played Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in the 1987 film Full Metal Jacket, which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Ermey drew on his real-life experience as a United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and drill instructor for the role.

His other film credits include Mississippi Burning, Prefontaine, the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Fletch Lives and Se7en.

Ermey hosted two programs on the History Channel: Mail Call, in which he answered viewers' questions about various military issues both modern and historic; and Lock n' Load with R. Lee Ermey, which concerned the development of different types of weapons. He also hosted GunnyTime on the Outdoor Channel.

He also had a substantial voiceover career, playing the lead of the green plastic Army solders in the Toy Story films along with a role in SpongeBob SquarePants, among others, and voice roles in multiple video games.

Ermey died April 15, 2018, in Santa Monica, California. He was 74.

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R. Lee Ermey

R. Lee Ermey

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