Actor R. Lee Ermey dead at 74

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R. Lee Ermey, the Vietnam veteran famous for playing a Marine Corps drill instructor in the Academy Award-winning film "Full Metal Jacket", has died at age 74.

Bill Rogin, the long-time manager for Ermey, also confirmed Ermey's death in a Twitter post on the evening of April 15, 2018. He was stationed in San Diego and Okinawa during his military career, which included 14 months in country during the Vietnam War. Beginning in 1961, Ermey served for about ten years before retiring on a medical disability. After being hired as a technical advisor for "Full Metal Jacket", Ermey was instead moved to a speaking role after proving just how well he could yell at subordinates.

Kubrick told Rolling Stone that 50 percent of Ermey's dialogue in the film was his own. He was initially presupposed to be a technical adviser, however Kubrick supplied him the function of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman after seeing a demo tape of Emery railing at extras.

A board member of the powerful National Rifle Association, Ermey also hosted weapons-related TV shows such as the History Channel's "Lock n' Load with R. Lee Ermey" and "GunnyTime with R. Lee Ermey" on the Outdoor Channel.

In 1972, R. Lee was medically discharged from marine duties due to injuries incurred during his service. He said, "do it and do it right, that's all I care about". They didn't know what he was going to say, and we could see how they reacted.

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"And I love sunshine, I don't know about you".

Ermey also lent his voice as the plastic toy soldiers' leader in Toy Story. From 2002 to 2009, Ermey hosted the history channel series Mail Call, where he read and answered viewer questions regarding weapons, equipment, customs, and terminology used by the US military now and in the past.

According to Fox News Ermey's conservative views led to him being "blackballed" in Hollywood. "They will destroy you".

"I had a family and had to make a living. I don't have to put up with their c-p".

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