US News R. Lee Ermey, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ star, dead at 74

05:10  16 april  2018
05:10  16 april  2018 Source:   New York Daily News

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

  R. Lee Ermey, ‘Full Metal Jacket’ star, dead at 74 R. Lee Ermey, the actor best known as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in “Full Metal Jacket,” died Sunday from complications of pneumonia. He was 74.“He will be greatly missed by all of us,” his longtime manager, Bill Rogin, said in a statement. “Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed.”Ermey, who often played military or police roles in film and television, grew up in Toppenish, Wash., and enlisted in the Marines at just 17 after his second arrest for criminal mischief. © Michael Buckner/Getty Images LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 05: Actor R.

Golden Globe Best Supporting Actor nominee, and Boston Society of Film Critics Award Winner for Best Supporting Actor in director, Stanley Kubrick's “ Full Metal Jacket ”, R . Lee Ermey , after more Ermey starred in “Saving Silverman”, with Jason Biggs, Jack Black, Steve Zahn and Amanda Peet.

Of all the memorable aspects of Kubrick’s film, perhaps the most talked about is the story of R Lee Ermey , who played the role of foul-mouthed drill instructor Gunnery Sergeant Hartman. He was never meant to star in ' Full Metal Jacket '.

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R. Lee Ermey, the tough-talking Marine Corps sergeant turned actor best known for his role as a foul-mouthed Vietnam-era drill instructor in “Full Metal Jacket,” died Sunday from complications of pneumonia. He was 74.

“He will be greatly missed by all of us,” his longtime manager, Bill Rogin, said in a statement. “Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed.”

Ermey, who often played military or police roles in film and television, grew up in Toppenish, Wash., and enlisted in the Marines at just 17 after his second arrest for criminal mischief.

Man in his 40s is shot dead by police after making threats and claiming he had a gun near a petrol station in east London

  Man in his 40s is shot dead by police after making threats and claiming he had a gun near a petrol station in east London The Metropolitan Police said firearms officers were called at 3.50am to reports of a man in his 40s making threats with a gun. When they arrived at the house in Collier Row, the man had left, and was still armed, police said. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited At 4.45am, the man was then shot dead by officers at the Esso petrol station near Collier Row Road and Lodge Lane.He was pronounced dead at the scene at 05:17hrs.Road closures remain in place around the scene.

R . Lee Ermey , a former drill insructor who became a Marine Corps icon for his portrayal of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman aka "The Gunny" in the 1972 film " Full Metal Jacket , is dead , his manager said. He was 74 .

Full Metal Jacket (1987). ADs. Start streaming download HD. Director: Stanley Kubrick Writers: Gustav Hasford (novel), Stanley Kubrick (screenplay) Stars : Matthew Modine, R . Lee Ermey and Vincent D’Onofrio.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 05: Actor R. Lee Ermey arrives at the premiere of New Line's © Michael Buckner/Getty Images LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 05: Actor R. Lee Ermey arrives at the premiere of New Line's "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on October 5, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

A staff sergeant who also served as a drill instructor, he spent 14 months in Vietnam beginning in 1968 and was given a medical discharge in 1972.

While studying at the University of Manila in the Philippines, Ermey was cast in a small role as a chopper pilot in the 1979 Vietnam War epic “Apocalypse Now,” where he also served as a technical adviser to director Francis Ford Coppola.

But Stanley Kubrick was the first to see Ermey’s true on-screen potential. After being hired as a technical adviser for 1987’s “Full Metal Jacket,” Ermey was given the memorable role of crusty, no-nonsense Gunnery Sergeant Hartman after he showed Kubrick he was a natural at yelling at recruits.

Man in his 40s is shot dead by police after making threats and claiming he had a gun near a petrol station in east London

  Man in his 40s is shot dead by police after making threats and claiming he had a gun near a petrol station in east London The Metropolitan Police said firearms officers were called at 3.50am to reports of a man in his 40s making threats with a gun. When they arrived at the house in Collier Row, the man had left, and was still armed, police said. © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited At 4.45am, the man was then shot dead by officers at the Esso petrol station near Collier Row Road and Lodge Lane.He was pronounced dead at the scene at 05:17hrs.Road closures remain in place around the scene.

R Lee Ermey , who played the iconic drill sergeant in ' Full Metal Jacket ,' claims he was fired by Geico for his vocal opposition to the Obama Administration. 'Gunny,' a retired US Marine, starred in a single commercial for the insurance company in 2010 in which he hilariously demonstrated why a former drill

R . Lee Ermey is an older gentleman made up of about 35% badassery, 39% win, and 26% anger. His roles include: Angry Yelling Army Guy in Full Metal Jacket . Dead Angry Yelling Army Guy in The Frighteners.

R Lee Ermey and Producer Tobe Hooper during Los Angeles Premiere of New Line Cinema's 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre © getty R Lee Ermey and Producer Tobe Hooper during Los Angeles Premiere of New Line Cinema's 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

“I'd say 50% of Lee’s dialogue, specifically the insult stuff, came from Lee,” Kubrick told Rolling Stone in 1987.

“We lined (the actors) up and did an improvisation of the first meeting with the drill instructor. They didn’t know what he was going to say, and we could see how they reacted. Lee came up with, I don’t know, 150 pages of insults.”

The role, which earned Ermey a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor, kickstarted a long career that included nearly 60 movies, including “Mississippi Burning,” “Se7en” and “Leaving Las Vegas.”

He was also the voice of the plastic soldiers’ leader in the animated “Toy Story.”

In 2015, Ermey hosted the Outdoor Channel’s “Gunny Time,” a series about military weapons of the past, present and future.

Thirty years after leaving the Marine Corps, Ermey received an honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant for his continued support of the U.S. military.

Vincent D'Onofrio, who played Gomer Pyle in "Full Metal Jacket," mourned his co-star's death on Twitter.

"Ermey was the real deal. The knowledge of him passing brings back wonderful memories of our time together," he wrote.

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More than 100 people have been killed after an Algerian military plane crashed near the country's capital, state radio says.More than 100 people have been killed after an Algerian military plane crashed near the country's capital, state radio says.

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