If you have ever seen a film or tv show dealing with the military you know who R. Lee Ermey. The famous character actor passed away over the weekend at the age of 74.
R. Lee Ermey will best be remembered for playing hard-nosed military men throughout his acting career, such as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket.
Ermey died Sunday from pneumonia-related complications, according to his long-time manager Bill Rogin. Ermey was 74.
Rogin wrote on Ermey’s Twitter account:
“It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed.”
Ermey voiced the little green army man Sarge in the Toy Story films. He also played track and field coach and Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman in Prefontaine, General Kramer in Toy Soldiers and Mayor Tilman in Mississippi Burning.
Ermey also hosted the History Channel series Mail Call and Lock N’ Load with R. Lee Ermey and was a board member for the National Rifle Association, as well as a spokesman for Glock.