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R. Lee Ermey, Star of Full Metal Jacket, Dies at 74

The official R. Lee Ermey Twitter account has announced that actor R. Lee Ermey has died.

Ermey's most pivotal movie role came with Full Metal Jacket, in which he starred as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, breaking in new Marines at boot camp on Parris Island.

"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", reads the update, which is signed by Bill Rogin. "Godspeed", he added, referencing the motto of the US Marines Corps, by which Ermey served from 1961 to 1971 when he was medically discharged.

His breakout role was in Stanley Kubrick's 1987 film Full Metal Jacket. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for the memorable role, which featured oft-quoted lines like "What is your major malfunction".

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Ermey's first acting role was as a helicopter pilot in Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now. Some of his other film credits include Mississippi Burning, Fletch Lives, Se7en, the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Toy Story, and Prefontaine. From 1965 to 1967, he was a drill instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

Ermey also hosted the History Channel series "Mail Call" and "Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey" and was a board member for the National Rifle Association, as well as a spokesman for Glock.

"He can be enormously missed by all of us". When giving orders to clean the barracks latrine, Ermey's character said: "I want that head so sanitary and squared away that the Virgin Mary herself would be proud to go in there and take a dump". It is a awful loss that nobody was prepared for. And, it is extremely hard 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. His rank at that time was staff sergeant, but years later he was given the honorary rank of gunnery sergeant - the same rank he had in Full Metal Jacket. "That's what he wanted most of all".

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