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« on: April 15, 2018, 06:02:47 PM »
'Full Metal Jacket' actor R. Lee Ermey dies at age 74 - Fox News

R. Lee Ermey, a former Marine Corps drill instructor known to millions of moviegoers as the sadistic Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," died Sunday morning, according to his longtime manager. He was 74.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Bill Rogin said Ermey had died due to complications from pneumonia.
"He will be greatly missed by all of us," Rogin wrote. "Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed."
A Kansas native, Ermey enlisted in the Marine Corps and age 17 and spent 14 months in Vietnam before he was discharged in 1972. He served as a technical adviser in Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 Vietnam War epic, "Apocalypse Now," in which he also had a small role as a helicopter pilot.
But Ermey didn't get his big break until eight years later, in Kubrick's own take on Vietnam. He was originally supposed to be a technical adviser, but Kubrick offered him the role of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman after seeing a demo tape of Emery railing at extras.
In his role as a drill instructor breaking in new Marines at boot camp on Parris Island, S.C., Ermey roared his way into film history by berating his unfortunate charges.
"Here you are all equally worthless," Ermey/Hartman says by way of introduction. "And my orders are to weed out all non-hackers who do not pack the gear to serve in my beloved Corps. Do you maggots understand that?"
The main target of Ermey's wrath is the unfortunate, overweight Private Pyle, played by Vincent D'Onofrio.
"Were you born a fat, slimy, scumbag puke piece of s---," Private Pyle, or did you have to work on it?" the gunnery sergeant asks in one scene.
But having turned Private Pyle into a killing machine, Hartman is helpless when his own creation turns in him, gunning him down the night after boot camp graduation.
"Full Metal Jacket" earned Ermey a Golden Globe nomination, as well as a career playing authority figures -- from Mayor Tilman in 1988's "Mississippi Burning" to a toy soldier sergeant in the more family-friendly "Toy Story."
An outspoken conservative, Ermey spoke to Fox News in 2016 about being "blackballed" from Hollywood over his political views.
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« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2018, 09:14:16 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2018, 09:55:37 PM »
For a grumpy old guy he sure was likable. His tongue in cheek no nonsense demeanor will be missed. R.I.P. indeed.

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« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2018, 01:39:51 AM »
R.I.P., Gunny!  You'll be missed.

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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2018, 04:41:05 AM »
lees passing will be be missed indeed
cause our armed forces sorely need
some old school gunnery sargents like he portrayed
and drill sargents as well.
peace be with you gunny, SEMPER FI

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« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2018, 11:01:46 AM »
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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2018, 09:21:59 PM »
Just found this thread. Sorry to hear of his passing. I really enjoyed his acting and TV show.

Twelve years in the corps, and 14 mo in 'Nam. Normal tour back then was 13 months. Anybody know what he was doing the rest of his service?

(EDIT: Never mind, there's a Wiki page on him.)
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« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2018, 05:11:28 AM »

  His toughest battle was with the Hollywood elite who continuously tried to scuttle his acting career and blackballed him from getting work right from the very beginning of his career after appearing "Full metal jacket" the word got out that he was a staunch Constitutional Conservative, and proud of it,  but his fans loved him and his grizzly hard nosed character.
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