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'Full Metal Jacket' actor R. Lee Ermey dies at age 74
« on: April 15, 2018, 05:51:21 PM »
http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/04/15/full-metal-jacket-actor-r-lee-ermey-dies-at-age-74.html

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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.

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 Ermey 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.



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Re: 'Full Metal Jacket' actor R. Lee Ermey dies at age 74
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2018, 11:22:53 PM »
I remember waking up on weekends watching his show on the history channel "Mail Call"

Fun memories and  sorry to seem him pass. 

I wasn't a big fan of Full Metal Jacket, seemed like half of the movie was just him screaming lol. :blushing:

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Re: 'Full Metal Jacket' actor R. Lee Ermey dies at age 74
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