News

Legendary 'Full Metal Jacket' Actor Dies Suddenly at Age 74

Combined Shape

Best known for his role in “Full Metal Jacket,” news of R. Lee Ermey’s passing came as a shock to fans across on Sunday, April 15.

He was only 74 years of age. The news was released by his manager, Bill Rogin.

Ermey was famous for playing military personalities in movies and television, but for him, it wasn’t just acting.

He was also a former Marine Corps drill instructor, retiring after 11 years of service.

Trending:
US Chamber of Commerce Defies Biden, Calls for Termination of Weekly Unemployment Perk

Besides “Full Metal Jacket,” his other acting credits include “Mississippi Burning,” “Prefontaine,” and the remake of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

He also voiced the Army green solider from “Toy Story” and had voiced roles in “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

In a statement posted on Facebook, Rogin said Ermey passed away from complications from pneumonia.

“It is a terrible loss that nobody was prepared for,” wrote Rogin. “He has meant so much to so many people.”

“And, it is extremely difficult 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.”

“He has also contributed many iconic and indelible characters on film that will live on forever,” wrote Rogin.

He ended the heartfelt statement with, “Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed.”

Related:
Trump Blasts Oscars in New Statement

Our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →






We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

Tags:
Keeley worked for over twelve years as a project manager before taking the plunge and turning her growing side business of working in social media into a full-time job. She also has experience working in human resources, brand development, and serving as a board member for a non-profit. Keeley is a former Lifestyle Editor for the WesternJournal.com and now serves as the Director of Publishing Operations. She has been with the company since 2016.
Keeley worked for over twelve years as a project manager before taking the plunge and turning her growing side business of working in social media into a full-time job. She also has experience working in human resources, brand development, and serving as a board member for a non-profit. Keeley is a former Lifestyle Editor for the WesternJournal.com and now serves as the Director of Publishing Operations. She has been with the company since 2016.

Keeley is a proud parent, football fanatic, HGTV junkie, and has a weakness for Starburst Jelly Beans. Life verse: Jeremiah 29:11
Languages Spoken
English, Master of the 'Mom Voice'
Topics of Expertise
Faith, Human Interest and Useless Sports Knowledge




Conversation