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R. Lee Ermey, 'Full Metal Jacket' Golden Globe nominee, dies at 74

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R. Lee Ermey

Ermey, that functioned in Vietnam, is best remembered as the drill sergeant in rsquo & Kubrick;s 1987 picture, that tried to reverse "rdquo & maggot; Critics like Joker, played with Matthew Modine, into Marines". He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan for one year until 1968, when he was moved to Vietnam and spent 14 months in country. According to a statement that his manager posted on Facebook, Ermey died from complications from pneumonia.

Full Metal Jacket wasn't R. Lee Ermey's first film (he actually had an uncredited role in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now in 1979, and was in Sidney J. Furie's The Boys in Company C before that) but his phenomenal turn in the movie earned him a Best Supporting Actor nomination at the 1988 Golden Globes, and turned him into a notable name. Kubrick' Full Metal Jacket production hired Ermey as a technical advisor but the legendary director ultimately hired him for the role after watching an instructional tape that showed the war veteran berating some of the film's extras.

"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.

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Eight years later, Ermey was cast in Full Metal Jacket, using his experience as a drill instructor to improvise most of his lines. Kubrick said at the time that 50 percent of the insulting dialogues were all Ermey's improvisation. Ermey, who was reportedly a critic of former president Barack Obama, said that his opposition to Obama and support of the NRA agenda cost him additional work in Hollywood. "Matter of fact, call me back, I'm ready to go".

"But Ermey's legacy extends far beyond his iconic roles". He appeared in more than 55 films, including Roughnecks, X-men 3, Se7en, Mississippi Burning and a remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

In addition to his acting, he hosted two programs for the History Channel: "Mail Call", in which he gave expertise on military issues, and "Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey", which focused on the development of weapons. He has meant so much to so many people. "There are many like it, but this one is mine" to describe Ermey.

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