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.
Ronald Lee Ermey was born in Emporia, Kansas, on March 24, 1944. "Godspeed", Rogin wrote on Twitter. He recounted how he had a "little juvenile problem with the law" and enlisted at 17 with his mother's signature. This was a rarity for Kubrick, but everything from Ermey's undeniably original insults to his real life experiences proved to the auteur that he was the only man for the job. "He loved it. He just let me go insane".
"Right here you're all equally nugatory", Ermey/Hartman says by the use of introduction. "That's all I cared about too, was getting it right". Ermey would go on to have a long and distinguished acting career, rarely deviating from the role as a hard-nosed military figure.
Ermey explained that he was doing some "black marketing" and attracted the attention of local authorities, so he escaped the heat and high-tailed it to the Philippines. "I've accomplished over 70 characteristic movies", he stated. He appeared in more than 55 films, including Roughnecks, X-men 3, Se7en, Mississippi Burning and a remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He hosted "Mail Call", answering viewers' questions about the military on the History Channel from 2002 to 2009. They didn't know what he was going to say, and we could see how they reacted. It is a awful loss that nobody was prepared for.
"It is extremely hard to truly quantify all of the great things this man has selflessly done for, and on behalf of, our many men and women in uniform". Kubrick' Full Metal Jacket production hired Ermey as a technical advisor but the legendary director ultimately hired him for the role after watching an instructional tape that showed the war veteran berating some of the film's extras.