American actor R. Lee Ermelo, known for his memorable performance of tough and fearsome sergeant Hartman of metal jacket and who served in U.S. Marines during Vietnam war, has died this Sunday at 74 years because of pneumonia.
In a statement posted on Facebook, Rogin wrote: "It is extremely hard to truly quantify all of the great things this man has selflessly done for, and on behalf of, our many men and women in uniform".
Ermey served in the Marines, where he was "a staff sergeant who served in Vietnam and Okinawa, Japan, and was later awarded the honorary rank of gunnery sergeant", USA Today reported.
Ermey joined the Marine Corps at age 17 in 1961. As the story famously goes, he recorded an instructional video for whoever was going to be cast as Sgt. Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, and Stanley Kubrick decided that he was flawless for the role.
His supervisor mentioned that whereas his characters have been usually hard-nosed and principled, the actual Ermey was a household man and "a sort and delicate soul". He also appeared in 70 feature films and numerous TV shows, most recently voicing Colonel Leslie Hapablap in The Simpsons. Ermey was originally brought on by Kubrick to act as a technical advisor, but Kubrick was so impressed at Ermey's rants that he cast him as Full Metal Jacket's famous drill sergeant.
R. Lee Ermey's Sgt. Hartman berating Matthew Modine's Pvt. When giving orders to clean the barracks latrine, Ermey's character said: "I want that head so sanitary and squared away that the Virgin Mary herself would be proud to go in there and take a dump". It is a awful loss that nobody was prepared for.
It's gone down in history as one of the film's most iconic scenes. He was generous to everyone around him. "There are many like it, but this one is mine". Some of his other films include Se7en, Dead Man Walking, Mississippi Burning, On Deadly Ground and the remakes of Willard and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Please support your men and women in uniform.