‘Full Metal Jacket’ actor R. Lee Ermey dead at 74


Remembering R. Lee Ermey

Actor R. Lee Ermey, famous for his role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in “Full Metal Jacket” died Sunday. He was 74. 

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Ermey, known for his military and authoritarian roles, served 11 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he became staff sergeant and later was given the honorary rank of gunnery sergeant.

After injuries forced him to retire, Ermey studied acting. His most famous role was in Stanley Kubrick's 1987 war drama "Full Metal Jacket," for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe award, according to the Internet Movie Database.

He also appeared in "Se7en," "Mississippi Burning" and a remake of "Texas Chainsaw Massacre."

Fans of "The Gunny" as well as other actors and celebrities took to social media to share their condolences Sunday.



R. Lee Ermey

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 05: Actor R. Lee Ermey arrives at the premiere of New Line's "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on October 5, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

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