Full Metal Jacket's R. Lee Ermey Dies at 74

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Apr 16, 2018 02:10 PM EST

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Full Metal Jacket's R. Lee Ermey Dies at 74
R. Lee Ermey, best known for his role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in "Full Metal Jacket", died Sunday from complications of pneumonia. He was 74.

Ermey's Manager,  Bill Rogin, posted the news on social media saying on Twitter  "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. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed." He also posted on Facebook, expanding on his thoughts. "He will be greatly missed by all of us. It is a terrible loss that nobody was prepared for. He has meant so much to so many people. And, it is extremely difficult to truly quantify all of the great things this man has selflessly done for, and on behalf of, our many men and women in uniform. He has also contributed many iconic and indelible characters on film that will live on forever. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman of Full Metal Jacket fame was a hard and principled man. 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." He went on to say, "There are many Gunny's, but this one was OURS. And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness. Please support your men and women in uniform. That's what he wanted most of all."

Ermey was a Marine and Vietnam Veteran who had served from 1961 to 1972. He was medically retired due to injuries he sustained in 1971. He had also received an honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant in 2002.

His iconic role of Gunnery Sgt. Hartman earned him a Golden Globe best supporting actor nomination.

Ermey is survived by his wife, Nila Ermey, and their four children. 
 


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