R. Lee Ermey, best known for his Golden Globe-nominated portrayal of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in “Full Metal Jacket,” has died from complications of pneumonia. R. Lee Ermey passed away at the age of 74.
His manager, Bill Rogin, announced today:
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.
Ermey was a former USMC Staff Sergeant and honorary Gunnery Sergeant. During his service he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan for one year until 1968, when he was moved to Vietnam and spent 14 months in country.
Next to Stanley Kubrick’s Oscar-nominated film, “Full Metal Jacket“, he had several other roles to his credit, including “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre“, “Se7en,” “Toy Story,” “Apocalypse Now,” and many more actor and voice acting roles.