R. Lee Ermey, Who Created Indelible ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Drill Sergeant, Dies At 74

R. Lee Ermey, the real-life military veteran who turned maggots into Marines in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket,” died Sunday morning from complications of pneumonia, according to a statement from his longtime manager posted to the actor’s official Twitter account. He was 74.

R. Lee Ermey wearing a hat: FILE - In this June 15, 2014, file photo, actor and former Marine Corps drill instructor R. Lee Ermey meets with fans during an appearance at the new Field & Stream store in Millcreek Township, west of Erie, Pa. Ermey, a former marine who made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men like Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc FILE - In this June 15, 2014, file photo, actor and former Marine Corps drill instructor R. Lee Ermey meets with fans during an appearance at the new Field & Stream store in Millcreek Township, west of Erie, Pa. Ermey, a former marine who made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men like Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," has died. His longtime manager Bill Rogin says he died Sunday morning, April 15, 2018, from pneumonia-related complications. He was 74. (Jack Hanrahan/Erie Times-News via AP, File) R. Lee Ermey sitting at a table: R. Lee Ermey (left) in a scene from "Willard" © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc R. Lee Ermey (left) in a scene from "Willard"

Ermey carved his place into cinema history with his memorable portrayal of foul-mouthed Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Kubrick’s 1987 Vietnam War drama, and he would go on to play tough-as-nails authority figures, from coaches to colonels to sheriffs and generals, over a nearly four-decade career in film and television.

But his most recognizable turn by far remained the drill instructor hammering new U.S. Marine Corps recruits Joker (Matthew Modine) and Pyle (Vincent D’Onofrio) into battle-ready soldiers in “Full Metal Jacket,” a role punctuated by indelible and highly profane quotes that earned him a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor.

a man wearing a uniform: FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2012, file photo, R. Lee Ermey gets a surprise hug from 4-year-old Bryant Teat, who ran up to Ermey and hugged him after Ermey signed an autograph in Hoover, Ala. Ermey, a former marine who made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men like Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2012, file photo, R. Lee Ermey gets a surprise hug from 4-year-old Bryant Teat, who ran up to Ermey and hugged him after Ermey signed an autograph in Hoover, Ala. Ermey, a former marine who made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men like Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," has died. His longtime manager Bill Rogin says he died Sunday morning, April 15, 2018, from pneumonia-related complications. He was 74. (Joe Songer/AL.com via AP, File)

“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. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed,” manager Bill Rogin wrote Sunday afternoon.

Born Ronald Lee Ermey in Kansas in 1944, Ermey enlisted at the age of 17 and spent 11 years in the Marine Corps, receiving a post-retirement honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant in 2002. According to his official website, Ermey spent two years whipping new recruits into shape as a drill instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego before being deployed in 1968 to Vietnam, where he spent 14 months, and serving two tours in Okinawa.

a group of people standing together in uniform: FILE--Actor 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. Kubrick died Sunday, March 7, 1999 at his home in England, his family said. He was 70. (AP Photo) © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc FILE--Actor 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. Kubrick died Sunday, March 7, 1999 at his home in England, his family said. He was 70. (AP Photo)

His service experience helped inform his onscreen work in “Full Metal Jacket,” remembered as a rare instance in which Kubrick entertained improvisation on his sets.

As cinema lore goes, Ermey pursued and won the role after initially coming on as technical adviser, a role he played on Sidney J. Furie’s “The Boys in Company C,” Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” and Taylor Hackford’s “An Officer and a Gentleman,” the film that nabbed Louis Gossett Jr. the Academy Award for his supporting turn as a tough drill instructor.

Ermey went on to supporting turns in films including “Mississippi Burning,” “Fletch Lives,” “Toy Soldiers,” “On Deadly Ground,” “Se7en,” “Dead Man Walking,” “Man of the House,” 2003’s “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” remake and “The Watch.”

a man talking on a cell phone: FILE - In this May 15, 2006, file photo, retired Marine Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermey takes a break for a smoke outside New River Air Station's Staff NCO club in Jacksonville, N.C. Ermey, a former marine who made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men like Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc FILE - In this May 15, 2006, file photo, retired Marine Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermey takes a break for a smoke outside New River Air Station's Staff NCO club in Jacksonville, N.C. Ermey, a former marine who made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men like Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," has died. His longtime manager Bill Rogin says he died Sunday morning, April 15, 2018, from pneumonia-related complications. He was 74. (Randy Davey/The Jacksonville Daily News via AP, File)

Fans will also remember him voicing the Army leader Sarge in the “Toy Story” movies, playing Brisco County Sr. on “The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.,” and hosting “GunnyTime with R. Lee Ermey,” a weapons-focused docuseries that aired for three seasons on the Outdoor Channel through last fall.

R. Lee Ermey et al. wearing military uniforms: (FILES) In this file photo taken on August 22, 2005 US President George W. Bush (L) shakes hands with US actor and Marine Corps veteran R. Lee Ermey after speaking to Veterans of Foriegn Wars at the VFW convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. R. Lee Ermey passed away due to complications of pneumonia on April 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc (FILES) In this file photo taken on August 22, 2005 US President George W. Bush (L) shakes hands with US actor and Marine Corps veteran R. Lee Ermey after speaking to Veterans of Foriegn Wars at the VFW convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. R. Lee Ermey passed away due to complications of pneumonia on April 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Jim WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images a group of people riding on the back of a boat: R. Lee Ermey as Sheriff Hoyt in the © Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc R. Lee Ermey as Sheriff Hoyt in the "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning." Ermey died Sunday morning from complications from pneumonia, according to a statement from his longtime manager posted to the actor's official Twitter account. (Van Redin/New Line Cinema/TNS)

He had a sense of humor about himself, particularly in 2010 when false reports of his demise circulated online.

“It’s going to take a lot more than some internet rumor to kill this old Marine,” Ermey said in a statement that summer while in Washington in support of a bill to rename the Department of the Navy to include the Marine Corps. “I can state unequivocally that I am still alive.”

Jen Yamato is a Los Angeles Times writer.

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