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R. Lee Ermey has passed away at age 74 due to pneumonia

16 April 2018

R. Lee Ermey, the gruff character actor probably most remembered for his scene-stealing, vulgar-laced turn in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, has died at age 74. "My demeanor happens to be a bit more authoritative and film directors, producers want to capitalize on that".

"Full Steel Jacket" earned Ermey a Golden Globe nomination, in addition to a profession enjoying authority figures - from Mayor Tilman in 1988's "Mississippi Burning" to a toy soldier sergeant within the extra family-friendly "Toy Story". After being hired as a technical advisor for "Full Metal Jacket", Ermey was instead moved to a speaking role after proving just how well he could yell at subordinates. It's no stretch at all for me to say Hoyt is more terrifying than the other characters in the film, including Leatherface. In the post, Rogan stated that the cause of death was complications from pneumonia. Please support your men and women in uniform. "He will be greatly missed by all of us", the statement reads. The judge gave Ermey a simple choice between jail or the military. "Lee came up with, I don't know, 150 pages of insults". From 1965 to 1967, he was a drill instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

Mr. Ermey's 11-year career as a Marine was ended "by a rocket" in 1969, but he would not talk about the war for the Times article, saying: "If a person's wife and children were killed in a awful automobile accident, 20 years later it will bother him to talk about it". Ermey spent 14 months in Vietnam and was later discharged due to medical injuries suffered.

According to the Marine Times, he left the Marine Corps as a staff sergeant, and later received an honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant from then-Commandant Gen. James Jones in 2002.

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R. Lee Ermey was cast in his first movie while he was attending the University of Manila in the Philippines.

Ermey's first acting role was as a helicopter pilot in Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now. He was later fired from his Geico commercials for saying that Obama was destroying the country.

The clever, if profane, tirades were of his own invention, Mr. Ermey told The New York Times in 1987.

R. Lee Ermey has passed away at age 74 due to pneumonia