R. Lee Ermey aka, 'The Gunny' has passed away

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Ermey was a beloved actor, Marine and staple of American culture.

Ermey had been brought on as a technical consultant for the 1987 film, but he had his eyes on the role of the brutal gunnery sergeant and filmed his own audition tape of him yelling out insults while tennis balls flew at him.

R. Lee Ermey shot to fame with his role in the Stanley Kubrick cult classic Full Metal Jacket. "Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed".

R. Lee Ermey, the real-life military veteran who turned maggots into Marines in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket", died Sunday morning from complications from pneumonia, according to a statement from his longtime manager posted to the actor's official Twitter account. He was generous to everyone around him. And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness. It's said that Ermey wrote much of his characters extensive speeches, in which he goaded the troops-in particular Vincent D'Onofrio's dimwitted Private "Gomer Pyle" Lawrence. He chose the Marine Corps. and served as a drill instructor in San Diego in the mid 1960s. Afterwards, he served at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan before getting shipped off to Vietnam in 1968.


There are many Gunny's, but this one was OURS.

Born in Emporia, Kansas in 1944, Ermey bagged his first acting role while studying drama at the University of Manila in the Philippines, landing a part as a helicopter in Apocalypse Now (1979).

Matthew Modine, his Full Metal Jacket co-star, quoted poet Dylan Thomas as he remembered the actor. "My demeanor happens to be a bit more authoritative and film directors, producers want to capitalize on that". Please support your men and women in uniform. He also was in "Mississippi Burning", "Dead Man Walking" and was the voice of "Seargeant" in the Toy Story movies.

A board member of the powerful National Rifle Association, Ermey also hosted weapons-related TV shows such as the History Channel's Lock n' Load with R. Lee Ermey and GunnyTime with R. Lee Ermey on the Outdoor Channel.

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