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'Full Metal Jacket' actor dies at 74

Ermey died from complications of pneumonia, according to Bill Rogin, his manager

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'Full Metal Jacket' actor dies at 74

Ermey died from complications of pneumonia, according to Bill Rogin, his manager

16 April 2018 Monday 14:15
'Full Metal Jacket' actor dies at 74

R. Lee Ermey, the actor known for his Golden Globe-nominated role as an intimidating drill sergeant in "Full Metal Jacket," died Sunday at the age of 74, according to a statement from his manager.

Ermey died from complications of pneumonia, according to Bill Rogin, his manager, in a post on Twitter.

Ermey played the role of the tough Gunnery Sgt. Hartman who trains a new group of recruits in the 1987 film "Full Metal Jacket."

He received a Golden Globe best-supporting-actor nomination for his role in the movie directed by Stanley Kubrick.

The Vietnam veteran brought authenticity to the role after having spent 11 years in the Marine Corps from 1961 to 1972.

He spent two years as a drill instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant.

He was medically retired for injuries in 1971 and in 2002 he received an honorary promotion to Gunnery Sergeant, according to a biography on his website.

"It is extremely difficult to truly quantify all of the great things this man has selflessly done for, and on behalf of, our many men and women in uniform," Rogin said in a statement issued on Facebook.

"He has also contributed many iconic and indelible characters on film that will live on forever."

CNN

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