American actor R. Lee Ermelo, known for his memorable performance of tough and fearsome sergeant Hartman of metal jacket and who served in U.S. Marines during Vietnam war, has died this Sunday at 74 years because of pneumonia.
Ermey was a former United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and honorary gunnery sergeant, and served as a drill instructor during his tenure from 1961-1972.
"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", reads the update, which is signed by Bill Rogin.
"He can be enormously missed by all of us".
Rogin quoted one of the famous lines from "Full Metal Jacket": "This is my rifle". He was generous to everyone around him.
According to Kubrick, Ermey also had a awful vehicle accident one night in the middle of production and was out for four and half months with broken ribs.
There are many Gunny's, but this one was OURS. And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness. That's what he wanted most of all. Early roles included a drill instructor in "The Boys in Company C" (1978) and a helicopter pilot in "Apocalypse Now" (1979), also serving as a consultant to director Francis Ford Coppola. Please support your men and women in uniform.
It wasn't until 1987 when he secured himself a much bigger role in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket. He has over 124 credits on his resume - including movies, television, and video games - with his last being a return to his Toy Story character, Sarge, for the game Disney Magic Kingdom in 2016.
Ermey also played roles in Mississippi Burning, Se7en, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. His full name was Ronald Lee Ermey.
Ermey was born March 24, 1944, in Emporia, Kansas, and moved with his family to Toppenish, Washington, when he was 14, where he became a "troublemaker and a bit of a hell-raiser", according to the Civilian Marksmanship Program's online magazine.