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Actor R. Lee Ermey, famous for his role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in “Full Metal Jacket” died Sunday. He was 74.
Statement from R. Lee Ermey's long time manager, Bill Rogin:— R. Lee Ermey (@RLeeErmey) April 15, 2018
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. pic.twitter.com/vf4O78JKmb
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.
#SemperFidelis Always faithful. Always loyal.— Matthew Modine (@MatthewModine) April 15, 2018
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
RIP amigo. ✌🏽PVT. Joker #FullMetalJacket @RLeeErmey @StanleyKubrick @vincentdonofrio @ViKu1111 pic.twitter.com/AYbWQmLxy1
RIP, Gunny. A Marine veteran and a great supporter of our military. 🇺🇸 Semper Fi. https://t.co/gR9jLA1a4S— U.S. Army North (@USArmyNorth) April 16, 2018
RIP @RLeeErmey you were an incredible man and a wonderful, generous actor. You will be missed.— Matt Bomer (@MattBomer) April 15, 2018
Well today we lost a legend and a great American. I am proud to have had R. Lee Ermey as a… https://t.co/HhTKOxDupF— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) April 15, 2018
We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of R. Lee Ermey, who was a treasured member of our television family on Outdoor Channel & Sportsman Channel. His enthusiasm for life is the legacy we will forever remember. - OSG President & CEO, Jim Liberatore https://t.co/GXgYUzYPAu— Outdoor Channel (@OUTDChannel) April 16, 2018