Lee Ermey, 'Full Metal Jacket' Gunnery Sergeant, Dies at 74

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Ermey was a beloved actor, Marine and staple of American culture.

Ermey additionally voiced the little inexperienced military man Sarge within the Toy Story movies and hosted a number of weapons-related TV reveals together with the Historical past Channel's Lock n' Load With R Lee Ermey.

Ermey, is a former United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and an honorary gunnery sergeant; during his tenure in the U.S. Marine Corps, he served as a drill instructor. He has meant so much to so many people.

R. Lee Ermey shot to fame with his role in the Stanley Kubrick cult classic Full Metal Jacket. He was eventually sent to Vietnam and served 14 months in that country.

While in the Philippines attending college, Ermey got his first taste of show business, playing a chopper pilot in Apocalypse Now while serving as a technical advisor on the film to director Francis Ford Coppola.

"Kubrick ate it up", Ermey said.

Ermey's Full Metal Jacket co-stars paid tribute to the veteran actor, as well, with Vincent D'Onofrio tweeting, "Ermey was the real deal". Please support your men and women in uniform.

He played several minor roles for nearly a decade before Kubrick asked him to work as a technical advisor on Full Metal Jacket (1987). And, he especially cared deeply for others in need. "There are many like it, but this one is mine". Ermey wasn't originally going to act in the movie, he was hired on as a consultant, but a training video that he made convinced Kubrick to cast him in one of the most iconic roles in movie history. That's what he wanted most of all.

The part he would become most well-known for, in Full Metal Jacket, wasn't even originally his. And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness.

Ermey also did voice-over work for video games such as "Crash Bandicoot" and appeared as the voice of the drill instructor in "Call of Duty: Ghosts", from the immensely popular COD series.

What was your favourite R. Lee Ermey movie? In 2010, he told TMZ he was sacked from a Geico commercial for saying President Obama "impose socialism" on the U.S. He later apologized for the remarks.