Marine vet, 'Full Metal Jacket' actor R. Lee Ermey dies at 74
R. Lee Ermey, the Vietnam veteran famous for playing a hard-bitten Marine Corps drill instructor in the Academy Award-nominated film “Full Metal Jacket,” has died at age 74.
His death was announced by longtime manager Bill Rogin, who tweeted Sunday evening that Ermey had succumbed to complications from pneumonia.
“He will be greatly missed by all of us. Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed,” Rogin tweeted.
“The Marine Corps saved my life back in ’61,” Ermey told Stars and Stripes during a trip to Japan and Okinawa in 2006. He recounted how he had a “little juvenile problem with the law” and enlisted at 17 with his mother’s signature.
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