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R. Lee Ermey
Ermey aboard USS Belleau Wood in 2005
Ronald Lee Ermey
March 24, 1944
Emporia, Kansas, U.S.
|Died||April 15, 2018 74) (aged|
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Resting place||Arlington National Cemetery|
|Occupation||Actor, voice actor, drill instructor, United States Marine|
Nila Ermey(m. 1975)
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Years of service||1961–1972|
|Unit||India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion|
Marine Wing Support Group 17
|Awards|| Meritorious Unit Commendation |
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross
Ronald Lee Ermey (March 24, 1944 – April 15, 2018) was an American actor, voice actor and Marine corps drill instructor. He achieved fame when he played Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in the 1987 film Full Metal Jacket , which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Ermey was also a United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and an honorary gunnery sergeant.
A drill instructor is a non-commissioned officer in the armed forces or police forces with specific duties that vary by country. For example, in the United States armed forces, they are assigned the duty of training new recruits entering the military.
Gunnery sergeant (GySgt) is the seventh enlisted rank in the United States Marine Corps, just above staff sergeant and below master sergeant and first sergeant, and is a staff non-commissioned officer (SNCO). It has a pay grade of E-7.
Full Metal Jacket is a 1987 war film directed, co-written, and produced by Stanley Kubrick and starring Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio and Adam Baldwin. The screenplay by Kubrick, Michael Herr, and Gustav Hasford was based on Hasford's novel The Short-Timers (1979). The storyline follows a platoon of U.S. Marines through their training, primarily focusing on two privates, Joker and Pyle, who struggle to get through boot camp under their abusive drill instructor, Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, and the experiences of two of the platoon's Marines in the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War. The film's title refers to the full metal jacket bullet used by soldiers. The film was released in the United States on June 26, 1987. It was the last of Kubrick's films to be released during his lifetime.
Ermey was often typecast in authority figure roles, such as Mayor Tilman in the film Mississippi Burning , Bill Bowerman in Prefontaine , Sheriff Hoyt in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, Jimmy Lee Farnsworth in Fletch Lives , a police captain in Se7en , plastic army men leader Sarge in the Toy Story films, Lt. "Tice" Ryan in Rocket Power , and a prison warden in an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants .
In television, film, and theatre, typecasting is the process by which a particular actor becomes strongly identified with a specific character; one or more particular roles; or, characters having the same traits or coming from the same social or ethnic groups. There have been instances in which an actor has been so strongly identified with a role as to make it difficult for them to find work playing other characters.
Mississippi Burning is a 1988 American crime thriller film directed by Alan Parker. The script by Chris Gerolmo is loosely based on the 1964 Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner murder investigation in Mississippi. The film stars Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe as two FBI agents assigned to investigate the disappearance of three civil rights workers in fictional Jessup County, Mississippi. The investigation is met with hostility by the town's residents, local police, and the Ku Klux Klan.
William Jay "Bill" Bowerman was an American track and field coach and co-founder of Nike, Inc. Over his career, he trained 31 Olympic athletes, 51 All-Americans, 12 American record-holders, 22 NCAA champions and 16 sub-4 minute milers. During his 24 years as coach at the University of Oregon, the Ducks track and field team had a winning season every season but one, attained 4 NCAA titles, and finished in the top 10 in the nation 16 times. As co-founder of Nike, he invented some of their top brands, including the Cortez and Waffle Racer, and assisted in the company moving from being a distributor of other shoe brands to one creating their own shoes in house.
Ermey hosted two programs on the History Channel: Mail Call , in which he answered viewers' questions about various military issues both modern and historic; and Lock n' Load with R. Lee Ermey , which concerned the development of different types of weapons. He also hosted GunnyTime on the Outdoor Channel.
History is a history-based digital cable and satellite television network that is owned by A&E Networks, a joint venture between Hearst Communications and the Walt Disney Television division of the Walt Disney Company. In addition to its self-named flagship channel, History provides sister channels such as History en Español and Military History.
Mail Call was a television program that appeared on the History Channel. It was hosted by R. Lee Ermey, a retired United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and honorary gunnery sergeant. The show debuted on August 4, 2002 as part of the "Fighting Fridays" lineup. Most episodes were 30 minutes, but from 2007 through the show's end in 2009 some episodes were 60 minutes.
Lock n' Load with R. Lee Ermey is a reality television series about the development of military weaponry throughout the centuries. Hosted by actor and former U.S. Marine drill instructor R. Lee Ermey, its one season originally aired on the History channel in 2009.
Ermey was born in Emporia, Kansas, on March 24, 1944 to John Edward and Betty (Pantle) Ermey.He grew up with five brothers on a farm outside of Kansas City, Kansas. In 1958, when Ermey was 14, he and his family moved to Zillah, Washington. As a teenager, Ermey often got in trouble with the authorities, and he was arrested twice for criminal mischief by age 17. After his second arrest, a judge gave him a choice between the military and jail; Ermey chose the military.
Emporia is a city in and the county seat of Lyon County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 24,916. Emporia lies between Topeka and Wichita at the intersection of U.S. Route 50 with Interstates 335 and 35 on the Kansas Turnpike. Emporia is also a college town, home to Emporia State University and Flint Hills Technical College.
Kansas City is the third-largest city in the State of Kansas, the county seat of Wyandotte County, and the third-largest city of the Kansas City metropolitan area. Kansas City, Kansas is abbreviated as "KCK" to differentiate it from Kansas City, Missouri, after which it is named. It is part of a consolidated city-county government known as the "Unified Government". Wyandotte County also includes the independent cities of Bonner Springs and Edwardsville. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 145,786 residents. It is situated at Kaw Point, which is the junction of the Missouri and Kansas rivers.
Zillah is a city in Yakima County, Washington, United States, with a population of 2,964 as of 2010 census.
In 1961, at age 17, Ermey enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and went through recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in San Diego, California.He served in the aviation support field for a few years before becoming a drill instructor in India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, where he was assigned from 1965 to 1967.
Marine Corps Recruit DepotSan Diego is a United States Marine Corps military installation in San Diego, California. It lies between San Diego Bay and Interstate 5, adjacent to San Diego International Airport and the former Naval Training Center San Diego. MCRD San Diego's main mission is the initial training of enlisted male recruits living west of the Mississippi River. Over 21,000 recruits are trained each year. The Depot also is the home to the Marine Corps' Recruiter School and Western Recruiting Region's Drill Instructors School.
Ermey then served in Marine Wing Support Group 17 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan.In 1968, he was ordered to South Vietnam with MWSG-17, and spent 14 months in country. The remainder of his service was on Okinawa, where he was advanced to staff sergeant (E-6). He was medically retired in 1972 because of several injuries. On May 17, 2002, he received an honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant (E-7) by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James L. Jones.
Marine Wing Support Group 17 (MWSG-17) was a United States Marine Corps aviation ground support unit based at Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Japan. They were composed of two squadrons that provided the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing and III Marine Expeditionary Force with complete airfield operation services, engineer and transportation support, medical assistance, food services, security support, and other direct combat and combat service support to the Aviation Combat Element. The Group was disbanded on 4 June 2012 and its subordinate units passed to other commands in 1st Marine Aircraft Wing.
Marine Corps Air Station Futenma or MCAS Futenma is a United States Marine Corps base located in Ginowan, Okinawa, Japan, 5 NM northeast of Naha, on the island of Okinawa. It is home to approximately 3,000 Marines of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing and other units, and has been a U.S. military airbase since the defeat of the Japanese Imperial Army in the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. Marine Corps pilots and aircrew are assigned to the base for training and providing air support to other land and sea-based Marines in Okinawa and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. MCAS Futenma is part of the Marine Corps Installations Pacific command.
Okinawa Prefecture is the southernmost prefecture of Japan. It encompasses two thirds of the Ryukyu Islands in a chain over 1,000 kilometres (620 mi) long. The Ryukyu Islands extend southwest from Kagoshima Prefecture in Kyushu to Taiwan. Naha, Okinawa's capital, is located in the southern part of Okinawa Island.
Ermey continued to visit Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in San Diego, California and Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in Beaufort, South Carolina to visit with and speak with recruits. Ermey filmed an episode of Mail Call at Parris Island.
Ermey was cast in his first film while attending the University of Manila in the Philippines, using his G.I. Bill benefits.He played a First Air Cavalry chopper pilot in Apocalypse Now , doubling as a technical advisor to director Francis Ford Coppola. Ermey then was cast as a Marine drill instructor in Sidney J. Furie's The Boys in Company C .
For the next few years, Ermey played a series of minor film roles until 1987, when he was cast as drill instructor Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket .Initially, he was intended to be only the technical advisor. Kubrick changed his mind after Ermey put together an instructional tape, in which he went on an extended tirade towards several extras, convincing Kubrick he was the right man for the role. Seeking authenticity for the film, Kubrick allowed Ermey to write or edit his own dialogue and improvise on the set, a notable rarity in a Kubrick film. Kubrick later indicated that Ermey was an excellent performer, often needing just two or three takes per scene, also unusual for a Kubrick film. Ermey's performance won critical raves and he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award as Best Supporting Actor.
Ermey later played a drill instructor in the pilot episode of Space: Above and Beyond and the ghost of a drill instructor in the film The Frighteners , both similar to his character in Full Metal Jacket.Ermey subsequently appeared in about 60 films, including Purple Hearts , Mississippi Burning , The Siege of Firebase Gloria , Dead Man Walking , Se7en , Fletch Lives , Leaving Las Vegas , Prefontaine , Saving Silverman , On Deadly Ground , Sommersby , Life , Man of the House , Toy Soldiers , and The Salton Sea , as well as the remake of Willard , and as an evil sadist in two The Texas Chainsaw Massacre films.
Ermey also lent his voice to The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy , Toy Story , Toy Story 2 , and Toy Story 3 , as well as Roughnecks and X-Men 3 . He usually appeared in a commanding military role, for shows such as Kim Possible , The Simpsons , Family Guy , SpongeBob SquarePants , Miami Vice , House , Scrubs , My Life as a Teenage Robot , and Invader Zim . In addition he hosted the documentary series Mail Call and Lock n' Load with R. Lee Ermey.
On December 14, 1994, Ermey played a sheriff in Tales from the Crypt , season six, episode nine, "Staired in Horror". He also played the role of Reverend Patrick Findley, a minister, on The X-Files season 3, episode 11, "Revelations". 's subject matter was dictated by viewer emails; one episode focused on an M1 Abrams tank, while others involved World War II secrets, and others focused on elements of medieval warfare. The set consisted of a military tent, other military gear and weapons, and a World War II jeep.On Mail Call , Ermey discussed weaponry, tactical matters, and military history. Mail Call
Ermey traveled to Kuwait in June 2003 during the first phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom to film mail distribution by the Defense Department to service personnel for an episode of Mail Call. According to a 2005 episode of Mail Call filmed at Whiteman Air Force Base, he was the 341st person to fly in the B-2 stealth bomber. He also guest-starred in the episode "Second Chance" of Human Target .
Ermey also made guest appearances on the television drama House, playing the role of Dr. Gregory House's father, who was a decorated naval aviator while serving in the Marine Corps ("Birthmarks", "Daddy's Boy"), and the sitcom Scrubs, playing the Janitor's father. He also voiced Wildcat in several episodes of Batman: The Brave and the Bold . In two episodes of The Simpsons entitled "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming" and "Waiting for Duffman", Ermey voiced Colonel Leslie "Hap" Hapablap.
In the episode of SpongeBob SquarePants "Inmates of Summer", he voiced an irate warden of a maximum-security island prison who demoralized the inmates whenever he could. In the episode of The Angry Beavers "Fancy Prance", he voiced the Lipizzaner stallions' instructor, Drill Sergeant Goonther.
In 2009, Ermey hosted a second History Channel show entitled Lock n' Load with R. Lee Ermey , which discussed the history of various weapons used by militaries of today.
In late 2010, Ermey starred in a GEICO commercial as a drill-instructor-turned-therapist who insults a client, in a parody of some of his iconic characters.Ermey was also featured each week on ESPN's College GameDay. His role was to insult the experts' incorrect picks from the previous week. In that same year, Ermey appeared in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Trophy" as a paroled sex offender.
In 2011, Ermey starred as a drill instructor on the X-Play special on Bulletstorm . In the Family Guy episode "Grumpy Old Man", Ermey guest-starred, again as a drill instructor.
Ermey served as host of GunnyTime, a program that debuted on Outdoor Channel in 2015.
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In 1993, Ermey played Lyle The Handyman in the full motion video game Mega-CD/Sega CD game Double Switch .
Ermey lent his voice to several video games, including Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel (as General Barnaky) and Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex (as Wa-Wa). He also made a cameo in Real War: Air, Land, Sea , a real-time strategy video game based on the official Joint Chiefs of Staff training game. In 2014, he did voice-over work for Call of Duty: Ghosts . His voice is also featured in the voice pack "Drill Instructor" for the Terran Republic in PlanetSide 2 .
Several characters have made references to Ermey and the character of Hartman. In the game Fallout 3 , a recruitable companion is named Sergeant RL-3, a modified military robot with a personality very similar to Ermey (the companion's name is a reference to Ermey's initials wherein the 3 is leetspeak for the letter E). In the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm expansion is a character named "Lieutenant Emry" that speaks some of Ermey's signature lines from Full Metal Jacket. In Half-Life: Opposing Force , the drill sergeant from the initial boot camp stage had dialogue and mannerisms very similar to Ermey's character in Full Metal Jacket.
Ermey was an official spokesman for Black Book (National Auto Research), Glock firearms, TRU-SPEC apparel, Tupperware, Victory Motorcycles, Hoover, SOG Specialty Knives, WD-40, Young Marines, and appeared in commercials for Coors Light, Dick's Sporting Goods, GEICO, and pistachio nuts. He provided the introduction for the Professional Bull Riders.He can be seen giving a service announcement for Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas, demanding that viewers be quiet during the film. He was a board member for the National Rifle Association.
Ermey married his wife, Nila, in 1975. They had four children.
Ermey was a co-founder of Bravery Brewing in Lancaster, California.
On May 17, 2002, Ermey received an honorary post-service promotion to gunnery sergeant (E-7) from the Commandant of the Marine Corps General James L. Jones in recognition of his continuing support to Americans in military service.
He conducted morale tours, visiting United States troops in locations such as Al Kut, Iraq, and Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, in which he filmed parts for his television show Mail Call. While at Bagram Airfield, he held a USO-type show in which he portrayed GySgt Hartman and conducted a comedy routine. He also did the same at Doha, Qatar and Camp Doha, Kuwait City, Kuwait, in 2003.
Ermey described himself as an independent. Ermey said in an interview earlier in 2015 that he supported Texas Senator Ted Cruz for President. He said, "You know what, I just watched Ted Cruz — I mean, what a tough act to follow. I'm not going to tell you who I'm going to vote for, but I'm going to let you guess [...] and the first two guesses don't count!" Ermey was a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.
Ermey died at a hospital in Santa Monica, California from complications related to pneumonia on the morning of April 15, 2018. He was 74 years old.His funeral was held in Arlington National Cemetery on Friday, January 18, 2019 where his ashes are buried.
Ermey was retroactively awarded the Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon after he retired from the military due to his prior service as a Marine Corps recruit training instructor. Ermey's military awards included:
|1st row||Meritorious Unit Commendation||Good Conduct Medal w/ two bronze stars||National Defense Service Medal|
|2nd row||Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal||Vietnam Service Medal w/ one silver star||Marine Corps Drill Instructor Ribbon|
|3rd row||South Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm||South Vietnamese Presidential Unit Citation||South Vietnamese Campaign Medal|
|Badges||Rifle Marksman Badge||Pistol Sharpshooter Badge|
|1978||The Boys in Company C||Staff Sergeant Loyce|
|1979||Apocalypse Now||Eagle Thrust Seven helicopter pilot||Uncredited|
|Up from the Depths||Lee|
|1987||Full Metal Jacket||Gunnery Sergeant Hartman||Credited as "Lee Ermey"|
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
|Miami Vice||Detective Sergeant Ernest Haskell||Episode: "Rising Sun of Death"|
|1988||Mississippi Burning||Mayor Tilman|
|1989||The Siege of Firebase Gloria||Sergeant Major Bill Hafner / Narrator||Uncredited screenwriter|
|Fletch Lives||Jimmy Lee Farnsworth|
|1990||Demonstone||Colonel Joe Haines|
|The Rift||Captain Phillips|
|The Take||Weller||Television film|
|I'm Dangerous Tonight||Lieutenant Ackman||Television film|
|83 Hours 'Til Dawn||Glen Fairling||Television film|
|1991||The Terror Within II||Von Demming|
|Toy Soldiers||General Kramer|
|True Identity||Houston's Boss||Uncredited|
|Body Snatchers||General Platt|
|The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.||Marshal Brisco County Senior||2 episodes|
|Double Switch||Lyle (the handyman)||Video Game|
|1994||French Silk||Chief Crowder||Television film|
|Chain of Command||Benjamin Brewster|
|On Deadly Ground||Stone|
|Rise and Walk: The Dennis Byrd Story||Mr. Byrd||Uncredited|
|Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult||Mess Hall Guard||Uncredited cameo|
|Love Is a Gun||Frank Deacon|
|Tales from the Crypt||Sheriff||Episode: "Staired in Horror"|
|1995||Murder in the First||Judge Clawson|
|Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back||Preacher Brian||Uncredited|
|Leaving Las Vegas||Conventioneer|
|Space: Above and Beyond||Sergeant Major Bougus||Television film|
|Under the Hula Moon||Lt. Col. J. P. McIntire|
|The X-Files||Reverend Findley||Episode: "Revelations"|
|Dead Man Walking||Clyde Percy|
|The Simpsons||Colonel Leslie "Hap" Hapablap||Voice|
Episode: "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming"
|1996||Soul of the Game||Wilkie||Television film|
|The Frighteners||The late Master Sergeant Hiles|
|Dead Men Can't Dance||Sen. Pullman T. Fowler|
|Weapons of Mass Distraction||Billy Paxton||Television film|
|Switchback||Sheriff Buck Olmstead|
|The Angry Beavers||Sergeant Goonther||Voice|
Episode: "Fancy Prance/H2Whoa!"
|Starship Troopers||News Announcer||Uncredited voice|
|Rough Riders||Secretary of State John Hay||2 episodes|
|1997–1998||Cracker||Lieutenant Fry||16 episodes|
|1998||The Sender||Colonel Rosewater|
|1999||You Know My Name||Nix||Television film|
|Life||Older Sheriff Pike|
|Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot||General Thorton||Voice|
|The Apartment Complex||Frank Stanton||Television film|
|Toy Story 2||Sarge||Voice|
|1999–2000||Roughnecks: STC||Sky Marshall Sanchez||Voice|
|2000||The Chaos Factor||Col. Ben Wilder|
|Skipped Parts||Caspar Callahan|
|Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins||Sarge||Voice|
|2001||Saving Silverman||Coach Norton|
|Recess: School's Out||Colonel O'Malley||Voice|
|Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel||General Barnaky||Voice|
|Real War: Rogue States||Briefings||Voice|
|Real War: Air, Land, Sea|
|Megiddo: The Omega Code 2||President Richard Benson|
|Scenes of the Crime||Mr. Parker|
Episode: "Mr. Saturday Knight"
|Taking Sides||General Wallace|
|On the Borderline||Captain Elias|
|Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex||Wa-Wa the Water Elemental||Voice|
|2002||Run Ronnie Run!||Lead Kidnapper||Cameo|
|The Salton Sea||Verne Plummer|
|Scrubs||Janitor's father||Episode: "My Old Man"|
|Frank McKlusky, C.I.||Jockey Master||Uncredited cameo|
|Invader Zim||Sergeant Hobo 678||Voice|
Episode: "HOBO 13/Walk for Your Lives"
|A.K.A. Birdseye||Sheriff Gathers|
|2003||Toy Story: Buzz Lightyear's Blast Up Together||Sarge||Voice|
Episode: "South of Friendship, North of Honor"
|The Texas Chainsaw Massacre||Sheriff Hoyt||Nominated – Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|Kim Possible||General Sims||Voice|
|The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy||Drill Sergeant||Voice|
Episode: "Bully Boogie/Here Thar Be Dwarves"
|Father of the Pride||Sergeant Bunny||Voice|
Episode: "One Man's Meat Is Another Man's Girlfriend"
|2005, 2008||House||John House||2 episodes|
|2005||Man of the House||Captain Nichols|
|2006||X-Men: The Last Stand||Sergeant||Voice cameo|
|The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning||Charlie Hewitt / Sheriff Hoyt|
|2007||SpongeBob SquarePants||Prison Warden||Voice|
Episode: "The Inmates of Summer"
|Eleventh Hour||Bob Henson||Episode: "Agro"|
|2009||Lock n' Load with R. Lee Ermey||Himself (host)||13 episodes|
|2009–2011||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Wildcat||Voice|
|2010||Toy Story 3||Sarge||Voice|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Walter Burlock||Episode: "Trophy"|
|2011||Family Guy||Drill Sergeant with Alzheimer's Disease||Voice|
Episode: "Grumpy Old Man"
|2012–2015||Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness||General Tsin (The Most Dangerous Po)||Voice|
|2013||Call of Duty: Ghosts||Drill Instructor DLC||Voice|
|2015–2017||GunnyTime||Himself (host)||31 episodes|
|2015||The Simpsons||Colonel Leslie "Hap" Hapablap||Voice|
Episode: "Waiting for Duffman"
|2016||Military Makeover||Himself (host)|
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