Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

R. Lee Ermey dead: 'Full Metal Jacket' actor passes away at 74

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Nicole Thomas | 16 April, 2018, 13:04

Posted to Vietnam, he spent 14 months in country before switching yo be a staff sergeant in Okinawa before he was discharged on medical grounds.

Ermey's manager said the actor passed away following "complications of pneumonia" in a statement on the actor's Twitter account.

Ermey died Sunday morning from pneumonia-related complications. Thus was presented to his recruits sergeant, left innumerable phrases for memory, most of m directed to "private Pyle", interpreted by Vincent D'Onofrio, who suffered verbal and physical abuses on part of his superior.

All told, Ermey had roles in some 60-plus films, as well as several voice credits, including The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, SpongeBob SquarePants, The Simpsons, and Family Guy. Ermey was originally hired as only a technical advisor on the film, but Kubrick was so impressed with Ermey he cast the Marine in the film, replacing actor Tim Colceri.

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Rogin quoted one of the famous lines from "Full Metal Jacket": "This is my rifle".

Kubrick later estimated that the actor wrote around half of his entire dialogue through ad libbing. We lined them all up and did an improvisation of the first meeting with the drill instructor, ' he said. "I think we can't just ignore terrorism, we cant just turn our back on it and expect it to go away". He came up with about 150 pages of insults. Kubrick ultimately made a decision to use him in the final film, which earned Ermey a Golden Globe nomination.

Some of his other notable film roles include The Frighteners, Se7en, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), and Fletch Lives.

In a four-decade acting profession, he played with a helicopter pilot "Apocalypse Today", depicted authoritarian characters like may or Tillman in "Mississippi Burning" and did voiceovers for characters such as the green plastic soldier "Sarge" in "Toy Story". From 2002 to 2009, Ermey hosted the history channel series Mail Call, where he read and answered viewer questions regarding weapons, equipment, customs, and terminology used by the USA military now and in the past.

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