Now hear this… Powerhouse actor R. Lee Ermey has died at the age of 74.
The sad news of his passing due to complications with pneumonia has been confirmed via a tweeted statement from Ermey’s manager, Bill Rogin.
Statement from R. Lee Ermey's long time manager, Bill Rogin:
It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us.
Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed. pic.twitter.com/vf4O78JKmb
— R. Lee Ermey (@RLeeErmey) April 15, 2018
Perhaps most famous for his role as the terrifyingly full-on Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, it won’t come as any great surprise to anybody who has seen the film that Kansas-born Ermey was a former United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and honorary gunnery sergeant, and also served as a drill instructor. It likely also won’t surprise that Kubrick has since stated that Ermey inprovised much of his performance.
While often playing similar roles, Ermey popped up in various forms of entertainment.
Movie-wise he was seen in such dramas as Mississippi Burning, Toy Soldiers, Se7en and Dead Man Walking. Ermey also had a knack for comedy, appearing in such flicks as Fletch Lives with Chevy Chase, Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult alongside Leslie Nielsen and Peter Jackson’s 1996 paranormal comedy/horror outing The Frighteners – the latter in ghost form.
Fans of TV’s House may recall that Ermey also played the titular doctor’s father, which explained quite a bit about the curmudgeonly doc.
Ermey’s talents didn’t just stretch to “grown-up” outings, however, with him giving his unique voice to the character Sarge in the Toy Story films. Meanwhile, he also contributed to animated TV series including SpongeBob SquarePants, Kim Possible, Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesome, Family Guy and DC’s Batman:The Brave and the Bold. Ultimately, perhaps his most loved voiceover appearances were his two outings in The Simpsons, as the wonderfully named Colonel Leslie “Hap” Hapablap.
Even gamers haven’t escaped Ermey’s commanding presence, with him lending voice to everything from the predictable such as Call of Duty: Ghosts to the unexpected, in Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex.
Vale R. Lee Ermey.
The following video showing Ermey in full flight requires us to issue a HEAVY OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE WARNING.