Actor, television personality and former U.S. Marine Corps gunnery sergeant R. Lee Ermey attends the 2016 National Shooting Sports Foundation's Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show to promote his Outdoor Channel show "Gunnytime with R. Lee Ermey" at the Sands Expo and Convention Center on January 19, 2016, in Las Vegas.
The Kanas native was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his memorable performance in "Full Metal Jacket", immortalizing lines like "What is your major malfunction?"
In addition to playing a member of the military in many of his films, army life was also a huge part of his own background. He was generous to everyone around him. It's said that Ermey wrote much of his characters extensive speeches, in which he goaded the troops-in particular Vincent D'Onofrio's dimwitted Private "Gomer Pyle" Lawrence.
Mr. Ermey also hosted two programs on the History Channel including "Mail Call" where he answered questions about the military and "Lock N' Load" which featured various types of weapons. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1961 - 1972 and climbed to the rank of Staff Sergeant. That's what he wanted most of all.
Born in Kansas in 1944, Ermey gained his first appearing position whereas learning drama on the College of Manila within the Philippines, touchdown an element as a helicopter pilot within the 1979 traditional Apocalypse Now. Afterwards, he served at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan before getting shipped off to Vietnam in 1968. Please support your men and women in uniform. There are many Gunny's, but this one was ours.
There are many Gunny's, but this one was OURS.
There is a quote made famous in Full Metal Jacket. And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness.
Ermey's Full Metal Jacket co-stars paid tribute to the veteran actor, as well, with Vincent D'Onofrio tweeting, "Ermey was the real deal". The actor starred in TV shows and more recently did voice work in commercials and video games. R. Lee Ermey lived an incredible life and did more in it than most. He was later fired from his Geico commercials for saying that Obama was destroying the country.