Ronald Lee Ermey was himself a Marine for 11 years (who retired in 1971), a staff sergeant who served in Vietnam and [1 9659006] Sarge of voice, including the little green army men of the leader, The actor was known for playing the military and law enforcement figures, according to Okinawa, Japan, and was later awarded the honorary rank of gunnery sergeant. Toy Story movies; Sheriff Hoyt in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake (2003); and a police captain in Se7en (1995).
“It is extremely difficult 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,” Rogin wrote. “He has also contributed many iconic and indelible letters on film that will live on forever.”
“Please support your men and women in uniform. That's what he wanted most of all. Semper Fi, Gunny Godspeed. “
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Ermy studied criminology and drama at the University of Manila after his time in the military, and launched his acting career as a Marine in 1978's The Boys in Company C. Francis Ford Coppola hired him for an uncredited role as a helicopter pilot in 1979's Apocalypse Now.
His big breakthrough came with Full Metal Jacket, for which he was initially hired to train the actor cast as the drill sergeant before being given the role himself.
On TV, Ermey's voice roles on The Simpsons (as Colonel Leslie Hapablap) and Family Guy.
Matthew Modine, his Full Metal Jacket co-star, quoted poet Dylan Thomas as he remembered the actor.
Donald J. Trump jr. hailed Ermey as “a legend and a great American.” [1 9659006] Rogin's full statement on Ermey's death:
“It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermeey (” The Gunny “) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be very missed by all of us It is a terrible loss He has so much to so many people And this is extremely difficult to truly quantify all of the great things this man has done for selflessly done, and on behalf of, many of our men and women in uniform. He has also contributed many iconic and indelible characters on film that will live on forever. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman of Full Metal Jacket fame was a hard and principled man The real R. Lee was a family man, and a kind and gentle soul. He was liberated
“There is a quote made famous in Full Metal Jacket.” It's really the Riflemen's Creed. 'This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine. '
“There are many gunny's, but this one was OURS. And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness. Please support your men and women in uniform.
“Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed.”
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