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Old 04-15-2018, 05:40 PM   #1
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Statement from R. Lee Ermey's long time manager, Bill Rogin: 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.

https://twitter.com/RLeeErmey/status/985651917870202883
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Old 04-15-2018, 06:00 PM   #2
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Too bad, he was awesome in full metal jacket
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Old 04-15-2018, 06:27 PM   #3
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Loved the story of how he got the role in FMJ.
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Goddam. Ermey was one of my favorite character actors, although he never varied much outside of his own persona. That opening scene in Full Metal Jacket is one of the greatest monologue performances I've ever seen. R.I.P.

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The guy had an actual interesting life

Enlisted in the Marines when he was 17, spent 14 months in Vietnam before he was invalided out of the Marines as a E6

He picked up roles here and there, the chopper pilot in Apocalypse now.

He was bought on board as a technical advisor for Full Metal Jacket, but was bought in to the Role of Hartman when he was seen arranging some extras.

That whole dialogue was a combination of his writing and improvisation. He made about 60 movies and I remember his role in Saving Silverman as he played their gay former coach and was hilarious.

RIP Staff Sergent.
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He was born to be in the military or play a military movie/TV role. Just had the face and voice. RIP
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Every kid that came into basic training was quaking in their boots, because they expected the full metal jacket experience. I was almost sorry to see them dissapointed.
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Loved his Drill Sergeant / Therapist Geico commercial from a few years back.

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He was also great in 'The Frighteners'

RIP Gunny.
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We should have hired him as an assistant coach for Glenny.

"Listen you maggots"!!! This is your stick and this is the ice, swing stick at the puck and SCORE it'd be nice.
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Gunnery Sgt. Hartman: You little scumbag! I've got your name! I've got your $$$! You will not laugh! You will not cry! You will learn to score on the power play and I will teach you!
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I just love that he was a consultant on Full Metal Jacket and basically berated the actor supposed to play the Gunnery Sgt and ended up just playing it himself.

You were amazing Lee.
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D'Onofrio tweeted that Ermey was the real deal and was wonderful to work with.
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Definately not safe for work. Sgt Hartman as Darth Vader

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