R. Lee Ermey, star of 'Full Metal Jacket', has died

R. Lee Ermey, star of 'Full Metal Jacket', has died

R. Lee Ermey, the Marine Corps sergeant-turned-actor famous for his role in Full Metal Jacket has died at the age of 74 from complications of pneumonia.

Born Ronald Lee Ermey in 1944, Ermey served 11 years in the Marine Corps and spent 14 months in Vietnam and then in Okinawa, Japan, where he became staff sergeant.

The news was announced by Ermey's manager Bill Rogin via Ermey's official Twitter account. "He will be greatly missed by all of us", the statement reads.

Ermelo, nicknamed Gunny ( gunner), was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant in 2002 once retired, making him first retired military in history of Marines to be ascended to that date.

He also did voice overs and lighter content, lending his voice to "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy", as well as the "Toy Story" movies, where he voiced Sergeant or just "Sarge", the green Army soldier.

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The Kansas native was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his memorable performance in "Full Metal Jacket", in which he immortalized lines such as: "What is your major malfunction?"

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". He had a number of small roles before landing the role in 1987's "Full Metal Jacket".

Ermey's death came from complications with pneumonia.

He said he went to the military after appearing in court for the second time, where the judge gave him a choice between prison or joining the armed forces. Ermey had dramatic roles in other movies like Apocalypse Now, Leaving Las Vegas, Se7en and Dead Man Walking along with comedic roles in films like Saving Silverman. "He loved it. He just let me go insane". It is a bad loss that nobody was prepared for. He has also contributed many iconic and indelible characters on film that will live on forever. "He has meant so much to so many people", Rogin told Task & Purpose in a statement.

He is survived by his wife, Marianila Ermey; his brothers Jack Ermey and Terry Ermey; his children Kim Bolt, Rhonda Chilton, Anna Liza Cruz, Betty Ermey, Evonne Ermey and Clinton Ermey; and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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