R. Lee Ermey, an actor and retired Marine, prepares to interview Marines at Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, Calif.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Joshua Young

'Full Metal Jacket' sergeant R. Lee Ermey dies at 74

April 15, 2018 - 8:50 pm

By Lindsey Bahr,  AP Film Writer

LOS ANGELES — R. Lee Ermey, a former marine who made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men like Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," has died.

Ermey's longtime manager Bill Rogin says he died Sunday morning from pneumonia-related complications. He was 74.

The Kanas native was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his memorable performance in "Full Metal Jacket," immortalizing lines like "What is your major malfunction?" He also voiced the little green army man Sarge in the "Toy Story" films and played a helicopter pilot in "Apocalypse Now," among many other roles.

Rogin says that while his characters were often hard and principled, the real Ermey was a family man and a kind and gentle soul who supported the men and women who serve.

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