R. Lee Ermey, Character Actor Known for “Full Metal Jacket” and Other Military Roles, Dies at 74

Character actor R. Lee Ermey, best known for his supporting role as Gny. Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 Vietnam War film Full Metal Jacket, died on April 15 at age 74. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for that film. His first two roles were in other Vietnam War films: The Boys in Company C (1978) and Apocalypse Now (1979). Other notable films include Mississippi Burning (1988), Fletch Lives (1989), Abel Ferrara’s Body Snatchers (1993), On Deadly Ground (1994), Se7en (1995), Leaving Las Vegas (1995), Dead Man Walking (1995), The Frighteners (1996), Life (1999), and the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003). Some of his voice work included Sarge in the Toy Story films (1995, 1999, 2010), Starship Troopers (1997), Recess: School’s Out (2001), and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).


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