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Posted: 16 April 2018 - 04:50 AM                                    
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Full Metal Jacket drill instructor R Lee Ermey dies aged 74
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The former US Marine turned award-winning actor played a host of military men during his career.

Ermey's manager, posting to the actor's Twitter account, said he died from "complications of pneumonia".

"He will be greatly missed by all of us," the message read. "Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed."

Born in 1944 in Kansas, Ermey was a staff sergeant in the marine corps in the 1960s and early 1970s, serving tours in Japan and Vietnam. He also served as a real-life drill instructor.

Ermey later drew on his military experience for his breakout role in Stanley Kubrick's 1987 film Full Metal Jacket, winning a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of a hardened drill instructor putting young marine corps recruits through basic training.

One popular story about Ermey is that he was initially hired as a technical advisor, but Kubrick was so impressed with his demonstration of a drill instructor's role that he was offered the part.

Ermey's Full Metal Jacket co-stars Matthew Modine and Vincent D'Onofrio were among those to pay tribute to the actor.

Modine used the motto of the US Marine Corps 'Semper Fidelis' - meaning always faithful or always loyal - in his Twitter tribute.

He also quoted lines from Dylan Thomas' poem Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.




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Posted: 7 May 2018 - 12:29 AM                                    
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I was saddened to hear this news. He was such a character.
After looking into the many behind the scenes videos about Full Metal Jacket, and also seeing Ermey's interviews, it just showed me how cool the guy was.

Also, I loved the show "Lock n' Load with R. Lee Ermey" (on youtube too).



 
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Posted: 7 May 2018 - 05:32 AM                                    
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I really enjoyed his roles and his shows. He seemed like a genuinely good guy.



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At first I was like. Don't know this guy. But by going through some of the cast members of Grounded For Life, especially Mike Vogel I found out R. Lee Ermey was actually the sheriff in Texas Chainsaw Massacre after I found Vogel was in it as well. It's weird how you find out about some things.



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