Sad news from America: Actor Lee Ermey, known as the brutal drill sergeant in the war movie “Full Metal Jacket,” died on the weekend.
Lee Ermey is dead. As his longtime manager Bill Rogin announced on the actor’s Twitter account, the ex-soldier died on Sunday as a result of pneumonia. He was 74 years old.
Statement from R. Lee Ermey’s long time manager, Bill Rogin: R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He wants to be deeply missed by all of us. Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/vf4O78JKmb – R. Lee Ermey (@RLeeErmey) April 15, 2018
On Facebook, Rogin added that Ermey, in the role of drill instructor Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, looked tough, but in reality he was a kind, kind person.
In Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket” on the training and deployment of US Marines in the Vietnam War, Lee Ermey shone in the eighties as a sadistic superior, brutally killing recruits. The gig earned him a Golden Globe nomination.
As Drill-Instructors Gunnery Sergeant Hartman: Lee Ermey starred in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket”. (Source: imago)
Ermey belonged to the US Navy even in the sixties. Director Francis Ford Coppola hired him as a consultant for his war movie “Apocalypse Now” and gave him a role as a helicopter pilot. The military instructor then starred in dozens of productions, including the films “Mississippi Burning”, “Switchback – Merciless Flight” and “Michael Bay’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” In the Pixar animation “Toy Story” he gave his voice to the leader of the toy soldiers.