His longtime manager Bill Rogin confirmed the news on the actor and Vietnam veteran's death on Ermey's official Twitter account.
Ermey, that functioned in Vietnam, is best remembered as the drill sergeant in rsquo & Kubrick;s 1987 picture, that tried to reverse "rdquo & maggot; Critics like Joker, played with Matthew Modine, into Marines". Lyon County History Center Director Greg Jordan had a chance to meet Ermey as part of Camp Tribute activities and the taping of Ermey's TV show Mail Call at the old Historical Society building.
His supervisor mentioned that whereas his characters have been usually hard-nosed and principled, the actual Ermey was a household man and "a sort and delicate soul". The actor, marine and former drill instructor appeared in more than 70 films. 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. I am proud to have had R. Lee Ermey as a friend & teammate. I could pretty well go on and on. It is a awful loss that nobody was prepared for.
"He has meant so much to so many people and it is extremely hard 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".
It was Hartman's insatiable put-downs and insults - many of which Ermey ad-libbed himself - that stole the film and saw him revered in the film industry. And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness.
In addition to his role in Stanley Kubrick's Oscar-nominated film, which earned him a best supporting actor Golden Globe nod, Ermey had several other mostly authority figure roles to his credit, including Sheriff Hoyt in 2003's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a police captain in Se7en, and the voice of the plastic army men's leader Sarge in Toy Story. Please support your men and women in uniform.
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