He was 74 years old.
Actor R. Lee Ermey, portraying Gunnery Sgt. Hartman, yells at new Marine recruits in this scene from the 1987 movie "Full Metal Jacket" directed by Stanley Kubrick. Beginning in 1968, he spent 14 months in Vietnam and then served another decade, based in Okinawa, Japan, as a staff sergeant. After some minor film parts, the actor was meant to advise on another movie as well: Full Metal Jacket.
His performance proved so iconic that it not only spawned many timeless quotes like 'What is your major malfunction?', but also earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
In a four-decade acting profession, he played with a helicopter pilot "Apocalypse Today", depicted authoritarian characters like may or Tillman in "Mississippi Burning" and did voiceovers for characters such as the green plastic soldier "Sarge" in "Toy Story".
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. "He will be greatly missed by all of us", his manager, Bill Rogin, wrote. 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". Ermey also hosted documentary shows on the military including "Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey" on the History Channel and "GunnyTime" on the Outdoor Channel. 'They didn't know what he was going to say, and we could see how they reacted. 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.
On May 17, 2002, he received an honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James L. Jones. And, he especially cared deeply for others in need... Please support your men and women in uniform.