‘Full Metal Jacket’ actor R. Lee Ermey dies at age 74

R. Lee Ermey, a former Marine Corps drill trainer known to millions of moviegoers as the sadistic Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket, inch died Sunday morning, according to their longtime manager. He was 74.

In a statement posted on Tweets, Bill Rogin said Ermey experienced died due to complications from pneumonia.

“He will be significantly missed by all of us, ” Rogin wrote. “Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed. ”

A Kansas native, Ermey enrolled in the Marine Corps in 1961 at age 17. He served intended for 11 years, including 14 weeks in Vietnam, before he has been discharged in 1972. He offered as a technical adviser in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1979 Vietnam Battle epic, “Apocalypse Now, ” by which he also had a small function as a helicopter pilot.

But Ermey did not get his big break till eight years later, in Kubrick’s own take on Vietnam. He has been originally supposed to be a technical mechanic, but Kubrick offered him the particular role of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman after seeing a demo video tape of Ermey railing at bonuses while tennis balls flew on him.

In his role as a drill trainer breaking in new Marines from boot camp on Parris Island, T. C., Ermey roared his method into film history by berating his unfortunate charges.


“Here you are all equally useless, ” Ermey/Hartman says by way of launch. “And my orders are in order to weed out all non-hackers which do not pack the gear to provide in my beloved Corps. Do you maggots understand that? ”

The main target of Ermey’s wrath is the unfortunate, overweight Personal Pyle, played by Vincent D’Onofrio.

“Were you born a fat, slimy, scumbag puke piece of s—, inch Private Pyle, or did you need to work on it? ” the gunnery sergeant asks in one scene.

But getting turned Private Pyle into a eliminating machine, Hartman is helpless whenever his own creation turns on him, gunning him down the night after bootcamp graduation after Hartman asks: “What is your major malfunction, numbnuts? inch

Kubrick told Rolling Stone that 50 % of Ermey’s dialogue in the movie was his own.

“In the course of employing the marine recruits, we evaluated hundreds of guys. We lined all of them up and did an improv of the first meeting with the drill down instructor. They didn’t know what this individual was going to say, and we could observe how they reacted. Lee came up with, I actually don’t know, 150 pages of insults, ” Kubrick said.

D’Onofrio and “Full Metal Jacket” co-star Matthew Modine tweeted their condolences late Weekend, with Modine quoting the poet Dylan Thomas.

“Full Metal Jacket” earned Ermey a Golden Globe nomination, in addition to a career playing authority figures — from Mayor Tilman in 1988’s “Mississippi Burning” to little eco-friendly army man Sarge in the a lot more family-friendly “Toy Story. ”

In all, Ermey racked up more than 60 credit in television and film, which includes apperances in “Se7en, ” “Prefontaine, ” and “Toy Soldiers. inch He also hosted  the History Station series “Mail Call” and “Lock N’ Load with R. Shelter Ermey. ”

An outspoken conservative, Ermey talked to Fox News in 2016 about being “blackballed” from Hollywood over his politics views.

“I’ve had a very fruitful profession. I’ve done over 70 function films, ” he said. “I’ve done over 200 episodes associated with [Outdoor Channel series ‘GunnyTime’]… and then [Hollywood] found out that I’m the conservative. ”

Actually, he corrected, “I’m an Independent, but I said some thing bad about the president. I had some thing unsavory to say about the president’s management, and even though I did vote for your pet the first time around, I was blackballed. ”

Ermey, who had been an NRA board member, mentioned at the time that his association with all the organization and his disapproval of Leader Obama cost him acting careers.

“Do you realize I have not done a show in five to six yrs? Why? Because I was totally blackballed by the… liberals in Hollywood, inch he alleged. “They can damage you. They’re hateful people [who] don’t just not just like you, they want to take away your livelihood… essential I live up in the wilderness on a dirt road… I do not have to put up with their crap. ”

“He is going to be greatly missed by all of us, inch Rogin told The Associated Push Sunday. “It is a terrible reduction that nobody was prepared to get. ”

Rogin says that while his heroes were often hard and principled, the real Ermey was a family guy and a kind and gentle spirit who supported the men and women whom serve.

Fox News’ Sasha Savitsky and The Associated Press contributed for this report.