Famous Actor, War Veteran Dies at 74 from Pneumonia Complications

April 16, 2018Apr 16, 2018

On Sunday, April 16, Golden Globe-nominated actor R. Lee Ermey passed away. The famous actor died at the age of 74.

Ermey was best known for his role as a drill sergeant in “Full Metal Jacket.” He played the role of Gunnery Sgt. Hartman who was training a group of recruits. The popular 1987 film earned him a Golden Globe nomination for the best supporting actor.

One of the reasons that fans loved Ermey’s performance in “Full Metal Jacket” was because of the authenticity he brought to the role. The actor was a war veteran himself.

Ermey spent 11 years in the Marine Corps serving his country from 1961 and 1972. The Vietnam War veteran also reportedly spent two of those years as a drill instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and later became a Staff Sergeant.

His time spent as a drill instructor and a staff sergeant helped him immensely with his role that he is most famous for. After spending several years in the Marine Corps, he was medically retired.

In 2002, Ermey earned an honorary promotion to Gunnery Sergeant. Many people issued honoring statements after the news of his death emerged.

Rogin said, “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…He has also contributed many iconic and indelible characters on film that will live on forever.”

The U.S. Army posted an honoring message on Twitter as well.

They said, “@RLeeErmey passed away at the age of 74. Rest In Peace, Gunny. We are grateful for your service to our country and for supporting our service members. Semper Fi.”


Beyond working as an actor on “Full Metal Jacket,” he also worked on other movies including “Dead Man Walking,” “Seven,” “Prefontaine,” and “Leaving Las Vegas.” Additionally, he worked as a voice actor on famous shows such as “Toy Story,” “The Simpsons,” and “Family Guy.”

Sadly, Ermey died after complications from pneumonia.

Rogin said, “The real R. Lee Ermey was a family man, and a kind and gentle soul. He was generous to everyone around him. And, he especially cared deeply for others in need…Please support your men and women in uniform. That’s what he wanted most of all.”

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