Print Edition - 2018-04-17  |  Life & Style

Full Metal Jacket Ermey dies

- BBC, LOS ANGELES

Apr 17, 2018-Actor R Lee Ermey, known for his role as foul-mouthed Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Vietnam War film Full Metal Jacket, has died aged 74. The former US Marine turned award-winning actor played a host of military men during his career.

Ermey’s manager, posting to the actor’s Twitter account, said he died from “complications of pneumonia.” “He will be greatly missed by all of us,” the message read. “Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed.”

Born in 1944 in Kansas, Ermey was a staff sergeant in the marine corps in the 1960s and early 1970s, serving tours in Japan and Vietnam. He also served as a real-life drill instructor. 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. One popular story about Ermey is that he was initially hired as a technical advisor, but Kubrick was so impressed with his demonstration of a drill instructor’s role that he was offered the part.

Ermey played many military and police roles on film and television. He featured in Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now and lent his distinctive voice to animated characters, such as the plastic toy soldier in Pixar’s Toy Story films.

 

Published: 17-04-2018 07:37

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