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Actor, US Marine R. Lee Ermey has died, manager says

Actor, US Marine R. Lee Ermey has died, manager says

A Sunday statement from the actor's manager, Bill Rogin, said Ermey "passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia".

A veteran in the US Marine Corps, doing 14 months in Vietnam and completing two tours in Okinawa, Japan, Ermey put his real-life experience into his movie roles. He was also a drill instructor for the Marines. Continued the Rogin's tweet, "Semper Fi, Gunny". As the story famously goes, he recorded an instructional video for whoever was going to be cast as Sgt. Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, and Stanley Kubrick decided that he was ideal for the role. "Apocalypse Now" was being filmed in the area and that's where Ermey had his first featured role in an acting career that spanned both film and television, according to his website. "You're too nice". That was very insulting to me, because I consider myself one of the foulest suckers in the world", he told NBC interviewer Bobbie Wygant shortly after the film's release. 'They didn't know what he was going to say, and we could see how they reacted.

Following Full Metal Jacket's success Ermey earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

The actor was known for playing military and law-enforcement figures, including the voice of Sarge, the leader of the little green army men in the Toy Story movies; Sheriff Hoyt in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake franchise; and a police captain in Se7en (1995). He also hosted Mail Call and Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey for the History Channel, and GunnyTime for the Outdoor Channel.

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Ermey also reportedly served as a spokesperson for GLOCK, Victory Motorcycles, SOG Specialty Knives & Tools, Rugged Ridge and Tru Spec Apparel.

Ermey is survived by his wife of 43 years, Nila Ermey, and their four children.

Ermey had retired as a Staff Sergeant but was made an honorary Gunny by the Commandant of the Marine Corps General James L. Jones for his service to the Corps in 2002, the only time that has been done.

His supervisor mentioned that whereas his characters have been usually hard-nosed and principled, the actual Ermey was a household man and "a sort and delicate soul". It is a bad loss that nobody was prepared for.

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