Tim Colceri

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Tim Colceri
Born (1951-06-15) June 15, 1951 (age 72)
Alma mater Arizona State University
Occupation(s)Film and television actor
Years active1983 – present
Military career
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branchFlag of the United States Marine Corps.svg  United States Marine Corps
Years of service1969–1971
Battles/wars Vietnam War

Tim Colceri (born June 15, 1951) is an American actor and comedian. He is most known for his role in the 1987 Stanley Kubrick film Full Metal Jacket , where he played the door gunner who uttered the much-quoted lines "Get some!" (adopted as the byline for the 2008 movie Tropic Thunder ) and "Ain't war hell?" He was originally cast to play Gunnery Sergeant Hartman but was removed from the role in favor of R. Lee Ermey. [1]



Early life and education

Colceri was born on June 15, 1951, in Canton, Ohio. When he was two years old, his parents moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he grew up. At age 18, Tim enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and spent 13 months in Da Nang, Vietnam.[ citation needed ] He was discharged on his twentieth birthday, and immediately enrolled at Arizona State University, majoring in physical education with his goal of being a wrestling coach.


Colceri became a professional golf player after graduating from college. Three years later, he cut a tendon in his little finger and was forced to find a new profession. He worked at the Victoria Station Restaurant near the Miami airport for three years, then got a job with Braniff Airlines as a flight attendant.

He got into acting through a friend who was taking an acting class and insisted he try acting.


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