Everybody’s favorite hard core kick ass Gunnery sergeant R. Lee Ermey has passed away. He will be greatly missed, by Marines and civilians alike, who embraced the charismatic Gunny for is lovable demeanor and his numerous movie roles.
After living in the Philippines and acting in several movies there, he began his American movie career in 1978 as Sgt. Loyce, in The boys in company C, he then appeared in an uncredited role in Apocalypse Now in 1979. His next military role was in the 1984 B movie Purple Hearts; but his most memorable role was as Gunnery sergeant Hartman in Full metal Jacket, in which he was nominated for a Golden globe. Personally I think he should have received an Oscar, although he was literally playing a part that he was perfectly suited for.
His filmography is long and varied and his voice work was featured in many animated series. There was no mistaking that booming voice of his and it will be sorely missed in this world. He was a source of pride for many old Marines and I am positive that I am not alone in this sentiment. So Semper fidelis and God bless Marine, I will miss you.