R. Lee Ermey dead: 'Full Metal Jacket' actor passes away at 74

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R. Lee Ermey, who played the hard-nosed drill instructor Gunnery Sgt Hartman in the cult Stanley Kubrick film, died this mroning from pneumonia-related complications aged 74.

Deadline reports that Ermey's death was announced on social media by his long time manager, Bill Rogan.

His manager posted to his official Twitter account saying quote "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", the tweet reads.

And fans are remembering him by replaying the famous scene from Full Metal Jacket, in which he punishes the new Marines when one of them is caught with a doughnut. He was generous to everyone around him. "I'd go up and down the ranks, dressing down each individual with the most intimidating insults I could come up with", Ermey said. Semper Fi, Gunny. Good luck, "Rogin has written in reference to slogan of Marine Corps, in which Ermelo served 1961 to 1971, when he was discharged for health reasons".

His first film credit was as a helicopter pilot in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, which was quickly followed by a part in The Boys in Company C as a drill instructor.

But it was his role as drill instructor Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket (1987) that earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness.

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The death of Ermey - who received an honorary promotion to the rank of Gunnery Sergeant in 2002 - was also marked by a tweet from the United States army. "My demeanor happens to be a bit more authoritative and film directors, producers want to capitalize on that". Please support your men and women in uniform.

Ermey often played police or military characters in movies and television.

Mr. Ermey's other notable roles include turns in "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Se7en", as well as the voice of Sarge, the leader of the plastic army men of "Toy Story".

Ermey ad-libbed about 50 percent of his lines in Full Metal Jacket.

Ronald Lee Ermey was born in Emporia, Kansas, on March 24, 1944.

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