Semper Fi, Marine: R. Lee Ermey Has Died [VIDEO]

Semper Fi, Marine: R. Lee Ermey Has Died [VIDEO]

Semper Fi, Marine: R. Lee Ermey Has Died [VIDEO]

The sad news broke today that retired Marine and actor R. Lee Ermey has passed away suddenly and unexpectedly.

Ermey’s manager broke the news, saying that the icon had passed away at age 74 from complications from pneumonia.

Everyone was quick to remember Ermey’s best moments from his acting career – most notably as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman from “Full Metal Jacket.” The story goes that Ermey was an advisor to the film’s director, Stanley Kubrick. And as a retired Marine and former drill instructor, Ermey knew exactly how a DI was supposed to sound. Kubrick decided to have Ermey play the role himself, and the rest is cinema history.

Thanks to his role in the movie, the Marines actually promoted Ermey after he had retired, so his rank now matched his nickname, in 2002. He is the only retiree the Marine Corps has ever promoted.

Ermey embraced his role, working on the History Channel’s shows “Mail Call” and “Lock ‘n Load,” and adding his voice to the “Toy Story” movie series as the Green Army Man character Sarge.

“Full Metal Jacket” earned Ermey a Golden Globe nomination, as well as a career playing authority figures — from Mayor Tilman in 1988’s “Mississippi Burning” to a toy soldier sergeant in the more family-friendly “Toy Story.”

An outspoken conservative, Ermey spoke to Fox News in 2016 about being “blackballed” from Hollywood over his political views.

“I’ve had a very fruitful career. I’ve done over 70 feature films,” he said. “I’ve done over 200 episodes of [Outdoor Channel series ‘GunnyTime’]… and then [Hollywood] found out that I’m a conservative.”

Actually, he corrected, “I’m an Independent, but I said something bad about the president. I had something unsavory to say about the president’s administration, and even though I did vote for him the first time around, I was blackballed.”

The memories are pouring in all over the internet right now.

Rest in peace, Gunny. You have earned it.

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