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‘Full Metal Jacket’ actor R. Lee Ermey (The Gunny) dies at 74

Posted at 8:30 PM, Apr 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-16 00:46:42-04

The former “Gunny” from the well known movie Full Metal Jacket, R. Lee Ermey, died at the age of 74 on Sunday from complication of pneumonia.

His longtime manager Bill Rogin confirmed the news of the actor and Vietnam veteran’s death on Ermey’s official Twitter account.

A native of Kansas, Ermey served in the Vietnam War and became famous for playing Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, earning a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

His role as the hard-nosed military man helped him transition into other acting jobs, and even his own TV show on the History Channel called Mail Call.

Ermey also played roles in Mississippi Burning, Se7en, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He was also a voice actor for Toy Story, Sponge Bob and Rocket Power.