R. Lee Ermey was an American actor, you will know him best as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in the 1987 film Full Metal Jacket. He was nomination for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for the roll. Also he played a helicopter pilot in Apocalypse Now and the was the voice of “Sarge” the green army man, in the Toy Story movies.
Ermey was a real solider before he was ever an actor he served in United States Marine Corps as a staff sergeant and an honorary gunnery sergeant. During his tenure in the U.S. Marine Corps, he was drill instructor. Ermey was stationed Okinawa, Japan. where he met and married his long time wife.
Ermey died at a hospital in Santa Monica, California from complications related to pneumonia on the morning of April 15, 2018. He was 74 years old.
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