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R. Lee Ermey, a former Marine Corps drill instructor known to millions of moviegoers as the sadistic Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," died Sunday morning, according to his longtime manager. He was 74. In a statement posted on Twitter, Bill Rogin said Ermey had died due to complications from pneumonia. "He will be greatly missed by all of us," Rogin wrote. "Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed." A Kansas native, Ermey enlisted in the Marine Corps and age 17 and spent 14 months in Vietnam before he was discharged in 1972. He served as a technical adviser in Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 Vietnam War epic, "Apocalypse Now," in which he also had a small role as a helicopter pilot. But Ermey didn't get his big break until eight years later, in Kubrick's own take on Vietnam. He was originally supposed to be a technical adviser, but Kubrick offered him the role of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman after seeing a demo tape of Emery railing at extras. In his role as a drill instructor breaking in new Marines at boot camp on Parris Island, S.C., Ermey roared his way into film history by berating his unfortunate charges. "Here you are all equally worthless," Ermey/Hartman says by way of introduction. "And my orders are to weed out all non-hackers who do not pack the gear to serve in my beloved Corps. Do you maggots understand that?" The main target of Ermey's wrath is the unfortunate, overweight Private Pyle, played by Vincent D'Onofrio. "Were you born a fat, slimy, scumbag puke piece of s---," Private Pyle, or did you have to work on it?" the gunnery sergeant asks in one scene. But having turned Private Pyle into a killing machine, Hartman is helpless when his own creation turns in him, gunning him down the night after boot camp graduation. "Full Metal Jacket" earned Ermey a Golden Globe nomination, as well as a career playing authority figures -- from Mayor Tilman in 1988's "Mississippi Burning" to a toy soldier sergeant in the more family-friendly "Toy Story." An outspoken conservative, Ermey spoke to Fox News in 2016 about being "blackballed" from Hollywood over his political views. "I've had a very fruitful career. I've done over 70 feature films," he said. "I've done over 200 episodes of [Outdoor Channel series 'GunnyTime']... and then [Hollywood] found out that I'm a conservative." Actually, he corrected, "I'm an Independent, but I said something bad about the president. I had something unsavory to say about the president's administration, and even though I did vote for him the first time around, I was blackballed." Ermey, who was an NRA board member, said at the time that his association with the organization and his disapproval of President Obama cost him acting jobs. "Do you realize I have not done a movie in five to six years? Why? Because I was totally blackballed by the ... liberals in Hollywood," he alleged. "They can destroy you. They're hateful people [who] don't just not like you, they want to take away your livelihood"

 

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Alfred E. Neuman

His yelling at Private Pyle were adlibs nonscripted.

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Best movie  D.I. ever.

 

 

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R. Lee Ermey, a former Marine Corps drill instructor known to millions of moviegoers as the sadistic Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," died Sunday morning, according to his longtime manager. He was 74.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Bill Rogin said Ermey had died due to complications from pneumonia.

He will be greatly missed by all of us," Rogin wrote. "Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed."

A Kansas native, Ermey enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1961 at age 17. He served for 11 years, including 14 months in Vietnam, before he was discharged in 1972. He served as a technical adviser in Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 Vietnam War epic, "Apocalypse Now," in which he also had a small role as a helicopter pilot.

But Ermey didn't get his big break until eight years later, in Kubrick's own take on Vietnam. He was originally supposed to be a technical adviser, but Kubrick offered him the role of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman after seeing a demo tape of Ermey railing at extras while tennis balls flew at him.

In his role as a drill instructor breaking in new Marines at boot camp on Parris Island, S.C., Ermey roared his way into film history by berating his unfortunate charges."Here you are all equally worthless," Ermey/Hartman says by way of introduction. "And my orders are to weed out all non-hackers who do not pack the gear to serve in my beloved Corps. Do you maggots understand that?"

The main target of Ermey's wrath is the unfortunate, overweight Private Pyle, played by Vincent D'Onofrio.

"Were you born a fat, slimy, scumbag puke piece of s---," Private Pyle, or did you have to work on it?" the gunnery sergeant asks in one scene.

But having turned Private Pyle into a killing machine, Hartman is helpless when his own creation turns on him, gunning him down the night after boot camp graduation after Hartman asks: "What is your major malfunction, numbnuts?"

Kubrick told Rolling Stone that 50 percent of Ermey's dialogue in the film was his own.

"In the course of hiring the marine recruits, we interviewed hundreds of guys. We lined them all up and did an improvisation of the first meeting with the drill instructor. They didn't know what he was going to say, and we could see how they reacted. Lee came up with, I don't know, 150 pages of insults," Kubrick said.

D'Onofrio and "Full Metal Jacket" co-star Matthew Modine tweeted their condolences late Sunday, with Modine quoting the poet Dylan Thomas.

Full Metal Jacket" earned Ermey a Golden Globe nomination, as well as a career playing authority figures -- from Mayor Tilman in 1988's "Mississippi Burning" to little green army man Sarge in the more family-friendly "Toy Story."

In all, Ermey racked up more than 60 credits in television and film, including apperances in "Se7en," "Prefontaine," and "Toy Soldiers." He also hosted the History Channel series "Mail Call" and "Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey."

An outspoken conservative, Ermey spoke to Fox News in 2016 about being "blackballed" from Hollywood over his political views.

"I've had a very fruitful career. I've done over 70 feature films," he said. "I've done over 200 episodes of [Outdoor Channel series 'GunnyTime']... and then [Hollywood] found out that I'm a conservative."

Actually, he corrected, "I'm an Independent, but I said something bad about the president. I had something unsavory to say about the president's administration, and even though I did vote for him the first time around, I was blackballed."

Ermey, who was an NRA board member, said at the time that his association with the organization and his disapproval of President Obama cost him acting jobs.

"Do you realize I have not done a movie in five to six years? Why? Because I was totally blackballed by the ... liberals in Hollywood," he alleged. "They can destroy you. They're hateful people [who] don't just not like you, they want to take away your livelihood ... that's why I live up in the desert on a dirt road ... I don't have to put up with their crap."

"He will be greatly missed by all of us," Rogin told The Associated Press Sunday. "It is a terrible loss that nobody was prepared for."

Rogin says that while his characters were often hard and principled, the real Ermey was a family man and a kind and gentle soul who supported the men and women who serve.

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Kahuna said:

Ermey spoke to Fox News in 2016 about being "blackballed" from Hollywood over his political views. .  .  "Do you realize I have not done a movie in five to six years? Why? Because I was totally blackballed by the ... liberals in Hollywood," he alleged. "They can destroy you. They're hateful people [who] don't just not like you, they want to take away your livelihood"

I did not know this.  I thought he had retired and that was why we don't see him in recent movies.  I hope he can R.I.P. and that there are no "hateful people" where he is now.

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Rest in peace Marine. You were one of the great ones.

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TequilaSunset

He lived a good life... RIP

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lamoe

His final rank while on active duty was Staff Sargent (E-6) and received a medical discharge in 1971

"On May 17, 2002, he received an honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant (E-7) by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James L. "

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R._Lee_Ermey

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Chris24

There is also an announcement on his public facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/R.Lee.Ermey/

RIP Gunny

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Mr. Mike

RIP Gunny.

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Mandingo

RIP Marine.............Thanks for every thing you protected us from Gunny!

 

Image result for a marine in heaven

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Other great movie DIs are Jack Webb in “The DI” and Lou Gosset in Officer and a Gentleman.

The first 45 minutes of FMG are magnificent!  RIP Marine, Semper Fi.

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lamoe

There are two ranks in the Corps that epitomize it's culture and best known to the general public thanks to Hollywood.

Sargent - Sgt. - E-5  - Sgt. Stryker - John Wayne - Sands of Iwo Jima

Gunnery Sargent - GySgt - E-7 - Gunney Highway - Clint Eastwood - Heartbreak Ridge

There are other ranks above Gunney but not very well know. Master Sergeant / First Sergeant (E-8), and Master Gunnery Sergeant / Sergeant Major (E-9) combat tactical vs technical

Depending on the conditions - war vs peace , duration - 2 vs 4 + years enlistment, function (attrition) - infantry - cook - mechanic - electronics, time in grade (up to a point),  and most importantly - performance scores, military and not surprisingly for the Corps, physical  ( PFT (physical fitness test)

All of the above come into play to advance in rank

E-3 - Lance Corporal - usually attainable - the first 3 ranks are automatic if you don't screw up

E-4 - Corporal - doable in 2 years but not likely

E-5 - Sargent - not very likely in less than 4 to 8 except in war time with large build up

E-7 - Gunnery Sargent - the holly grail of the Marine Corps - 12 to 24 - Ermey was E7 after 11

Rank vs time in is one way to determine a "Stolen Valor" AH.

 

 

 

 

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22 hours ago, lamoe said:

"Do you realize I have not done a movie in five to six years? Why? Because I was totally blackballed by the ... liberals in Hollywood," he alleged. "They can destroy you. They're hateful people [who] don't just not like you, they want to take away your livelihood"
 

I liked the guys work and am sorry he felt like this. But he was, essentially, a one note johnny onscreen.

"Don't be an actor that needs a film, be an actor a film needs."

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lamoe
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35 minutes ago, hoz said:

I liked the guys work and am sorry he felt like this. But he was, essentially, a one note johnny onscreen.

"Don't be an actor that needs a film, be an actor a film needs."

True, he was definitely a particular type of character actor but  with 60 movie roles and then zippo?

Given the malicious vindictiveness of the extreme left in Hollywood it is reasonable to believe his side rather than there were no roles for him.

"Don't be an actor Hollywood is afraid of"

Given that he was definitely an icon (Hollywood liking him or not), I wounder  how they will treat his memory at the Oscars?

Brief mention or montage from FMJ?

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delancey

I’d think saying something “unsavory” would not cause an industry wide conspiracy against his career because he presented himself publicly as very conservative when he was in demand. Maybe it was part of how he reconciled limited roles for not being versitile and for the effect of aging lessening demand? Or maybe he was blackballed. Just tossing out counterpoints. 

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