Actor R Lee Ermey Dead At 74

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Actor R Lee Ermey Dead At 74

R. Lee Ermey, 'Full Metal Jacket' Actor, Dead at 74



R. Lee Ermey, 'Full Metal Jacket' Actor, Dead at 74



Vietnam War gunnery sergeant turned scene-stealing drill instructor dies from complications from pneumonia R. Lee Ermey, the gunnery sergeant turned acto…

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JohnRussell
1  seeder  JohnRussell    8 months ago

 
 
Greg Jones
1.1  Greg Jones  replied to  JohnRussell @1    8 months ago

Ermey kinda reminds me of my DI, who actually carried a swagger stick. A few unpleasant and uncomfortable episodes, but all in all, those were some of the best years and times of my life. RIP Sarge!

 
 
Paula Bartholomew
1.1.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1    8 months ago

I had one that not only carried a swagger stick, but it had notches in it.  I asked him what the notches were for and he told me "You don't want to know."  I am just lucky that I wasn't one of those notches.

RIP Drill Sergeant.  Your trainees were lucky to have you and so was Hollywood.

 
 
MrFrost
2  MrFrost    8 months ago

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One of my all time favorite actors.. Damn that sucks. RIP Gunny. 

 
 
TᵢG
3  TᵢG    8 months ago

Probably the best drill instructor actor ever.    Truly excellent.

 
 
TTGA
3.1  TTGA  replied to  TᵢG @3    8 months ago

Even higher ranking than that TiG.  In the mini series Rough Riders, he played Secretary of State, John Hay.  Of course, a Marine might consider that to be a step downward from being a Drill Instructor.

 
 
Sparty On
3.1.1  Sparty On  replied to  TTGA @3.1    8 months ago

Little known details of his movie career.  

He was a military advisor for the movie Apocalypses Now.   Look for him as he had a bit part as a helo pilot in that movie as well.

Also he was good in a lesser known movie from the late 70's.   The Boys of Company C.   A pretty good movie.

 

 
 
cjcold
3.1.2  cjcold  replied to  Sparty On @3.1.1    8 months ago

Always liked his TV show Mail Call.

 
 
Sparty On
3.1.3  Sparty On  replied to  cjcold @3.1.2    8 months ago

Yeah me to.  

Especially when he managed to worm his way behind the trigger of something that shot big and/or fast.

Like a kid in a candy store ...

 
 
Paula Bartholomew
3.1.4  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Sparty On @3.1.1    8 months ago

Any time that he did a part that required him to wear Class A's, he refused to wear any ribbon on them that he had not personally been awarded.

 
 
Sparty On
3.1.5  Sparty On  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @3.1.4    8 months ago

Yeah, he was a damn squared away Marine.

 
 
IceMan
3.1.6  IceMan  replied to  Sparty On @3.1.1    8 months ago

Speaking as a veteran of the Vietnam war(1967-1968) The Boys of Company C IMO was the most realistic movie ever made about our involvement in Nam.

 
 
Raven Wing
3.1.7  Raven Wing  replied to  IceMan @3.1.6    8 months ago

My Brother was a Disabled Veteran of the Vietnam War, and I agree that movie was very well made.

 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
3.1.8  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Sparty On @3.1.1    8 months ago

Also 90% of his lines in Full Metal Jacket are ad lib.  

 
 
epistte
3.1.9  epistte  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @3.1.8    8 months ago
Also 90% of his lines in Full Metal Jacket are ad lib.

In my first week at Parris Island, I was disappointed to learn that they don't talk to recruits that way. I was looking forward to it. The screaming when the DI got on the bus was the worst it got. 

The female DIs were stern but boring.

 
 
Paula Bartholomew
3.1.10  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Sparty On @3.1.5    8 months ago

My father was a MC DI.  He was before LE came along but would have loved knowing him.

 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
3.1.11  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  epistte @3.1.9    8 months ago

When I went through Basic Training (I'm Army) in 1991 they still talked like that.  Any physical contact was forbidden but they came pretty close to it.  

 
 
epistte
3.1.12  epistte  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @3.1.11    8 months ago

All we got was DIs in surround sound and extra PT. They didn't swear at us and we were never touched. As long as you didn't smile at them you were fairly safe. 

 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
3.1.13  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  epistte @3.1.12    8 months ago

We had tables, chairs, beds and equipment flying across the bay.  

 
 
epistte
3.1.14  epistte  replied to  Jeremy Retired in NC @3.1.13    8 months ago

I only ever saw a trash can and parts of a footlocker get kicked across the squad bay.  It was quite tame compared to what was possible.

 
 
IceMan
3.1.15  IceMan  replied to  epistte @3.1.9    8 months ago
The female DIs were stern but boring.

Evidently the female DIs didn't have the BALLS to speak to recruits like that, the male DIs definitely did. 

 
 
IceMan
3.1.16  IceMan  replied to  epistte @3.1.12    8 months ago
They didn't swear at us

You can bet your male counterparts were.

 
 
Ed-NavDoc
3.2  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  TᵢG @3    8 months ago

GySgt Ermy was not a "drill instructor actor". He was a drill instructor in real life during his time in the Marine Corps. He based his acting on real life experiences as a Staff Sargent  drill instructor while on active duty! Respect, salute, and RIP Gunny. Semper Fi!

 
 
Sparty On
3.2.1  Sparty On  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @3.2    8 months ago

Yeah i tell people that the boot camp scenes in FMJ are about as close to real boot camp as one can get without actually going through it.

I find myself subconsciously bracing whenever i watch it.   I know a lot of Marines do.

 
 
zuksam
3.2.2  zuksam  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @3.2    8 months ago
He was a drill instructor in real life during his time in the Marine Corps

I always imagined him going through his daily life yelling at everyone.

 
 
TᵢG
3.2.3  TᵢG  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @3.2    8 months ago

I am aware of his life prior to acting.

 
 
Ed-NavDoc
3.2.4  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  TᵢG @3.2.3    8 months ago

My apologies. Many people are not aware. My comment was not directed specifically so much to you but to people in general.

 
 
TᵢG
3.2.5  TᵢG  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @3.2.4    8 months ago

No worries.   

 
 
Thrawn 31
3.2.6  Thrawn 31  replied to  Sparty On @3.2.1    8 months ago

I never saw it before I went to MCRD San Diego, so when I watched it after I got back I was laughing so hard during that entire section of the movie. I didn't realize how funny the insults and everything else was until that movie made me start to think about it. I honestly saw some of the funniest shit in my life in boot. 

 
 
Sparty On
3.2.7  Sparty On  replied to  Thrawn 31 @3.2.6    8 months ago
I honestly saw some of the funniest shit in my life in boot.

Me too, i was constantly cracking up from the shit the training cadre would come up with.   They however did not think it was funny, that i thought it was funny.

I got really good at four count push ups .....

 
 
MrFrost
3.2.8  MrFrost  replied to  Sparty On @3.2.1    8 months ago
Yeah i tell people that the boot camp scenes in FMJ are about as close to real boot camp as one can get without actually going through it.

Exactly. The first 10 minutes of that movie always puts a big smile on my face....good times.

 
 
charger 383
4  charger 383    8 months ago

Will be missed

 
 
arkpdx
5  arkpdx    8 months ago

Excellent Marine! Excellent American! Honorable  man! 

Simper First Gunny! You will be missed! 

 
 
luther28
6  luther28    8 months ago

Brought reality to the role, that's for sure and certain.

 
 
JBB
7  JBB    8 months ago

Even playing the baddest of badasses Ermey managed to maintain that good natured twinkle in his eye...

 
 
Randy
8  Randy    8 months ago

All Basic Training was Psychological. Sure some branches had harder physical recruitment then others, but the true test was in the head. How well could you deal with a TI (or DI) screaming at you and calling you every name in the book with his nose 2 inches from yours and his breath in your mouth. Basic Training was a head game The physical part was actually fairly easy. If you just did for what you were told they built you up to do the next physical requirement. It was the head shit that they always you that they threw at you that they were looking for weakness in. Would you crack under pressure. They didn't give a fuck if you could do 50 push ups. What they cared about was did you flinch when the TI asked if it felt good when your mama sucked your dick. And did you answer "No Sir!" Not "She never did it!" or some such shit! Or when he asked if your sister's pussy was tight and you said "I don't know, Sir!" And you answered these questions with a perfectly straight face and at complete attention without moving a single muscle.  That's what they wanted more then how fast you could run a mile our how many push ups you could do. Fuck any moron could be taught to do those. Not any moron could be taught to do anything they are told to automatically, including kill, on command, But you were. That's what they really wanted. Basic Training change you into a different human being. Or changed into something that was not a human being.

RIP Bro!

 
 
epistte
8.1  epistte  replied to  Randy @8    8 months ago

How well could you deal with a TI (or DI) screaming at you and calling you every name in the book with his nose 2 inches from yours and his breath in your mouth.

We referred to it as Sergeants in surround sound when there was one at each ear and one in your face. The worst thing that you can do is smile or laugh.

 
 
Sparty On
9  Sparty On    8 months ago

RIP Brother .....

Semper Fi

 
 
Kathleen
10  Kathleen    8 months ago

Great actor, liked when he got is feathers ruffled. Rest in Peace.

 
 
Trout Giggles
11  Trout Giggles    8 months ago

Sir, RIP, Sir

 
 
badfish hαηd ⊕ƒ †hε Ωuεεη
12  badfish hαηd ⊕ƒ †hε Ωuεεη    8 months ago

I wish he had treated Private Pile better, I had high hopes for that soldier.

Always loved this guy!

 
 
IceMan
12.1  IceMan  replied to  badfish hαηd ⊕ƒ †hε Ωuεεη @12    8 months ago

When Sergeant Hartman was confronted with a hugely dangerous situation with Private Pyle instead of approaching it intelligently and with caution, as Joker did, he did the only thing he knew how to do: shout and insult people. It got his ass killed. He was a hard-ass DI that knew how to train recruits but he was dumb human being.

 
 
T.Fargo
13  T.Fargo    8 months ago

RIP Gunny.

 
 
Kavika
14  Kavika     8 months ago

14 months in country..

Semper Fi Gunny.

 
 
JohnRussell
15  seeder  JohnRussell    8 months ago

These are clips from "The Boys In Company C"

 
 
IceMan
15.1  IceMan  replied to  JohnRussell @15    8 months ago

Most realistic movie ever made about basic training and Vietnam

 
 
badfish hαηd ⊕ƒ †hε Ωuεεη
15.1.1  badfish hαηd ⊕ƒ †hε Ωuεεη  replied to  IceMan @15.1    8 months ago

Even more so than Starship Troopers?

 
 
ArkansasHermit-too
15.1.2  ArkansasHermit-too  replied to  IceMan @15.1    8 months ago
Most realistic movie ever made about basic training and Vietnam

Well, maybe. 

I wasn't going to mention it in this tribute thread for Gunny Ermey but, since you brought it up, every time I watched his DI I always put it up against Jack Webb's performance in the 1957 movie, "The DI".

Partially filmed at Camp Pendleton using real recruits for many of the parts.

Sure felt like my time at Parris Island in 1970.

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The 8 min Youtube compilation of chosen excerpts from the movie that I'm able to embed below, gives a nice taste of life as a Marine Corp. boot, but the TCM site has one titled, "We'd All Be Dead!", which captures the spirit of the story.

The crux of the story, producer, director and star Jack Webb as Sergeant Moore, berating his charges over a mistake made by Owens (Don Dubbins) in training, in The D.I., 1957, previously produced on television as The Murder Of A Sand Flea.

 
 
Raven Wing
15.1.3  Raven Wing  replied to  ArkansasHermit-too @15.1.2    8 months ago

I remember that movie. I was just a youngster at the time, but, I really did like that movie. I enjoyed watching Dragnet as well. Jack Webb was really a great actor. 

 
 
Thrawn 31
16  Thrawn 31    8 months ago

Man he was hilarious in that movie. I always tell everyone that if you want to know what boot is really like, don't bother watching the super sanitized documentaries they do from time to time, watch Full Metal Jacket. 

Rest well Gunny. 

 
 
1stwarrior
17  1stwarrior    8 months ago

Pulled out my old MCRD San Diego "Graduation Book" for Platoon 392/'64 - didn't find him anywhere in the 3rd Battalion.  My two DI's, GySgt Jessup and SSgt Swancutt, musta gone through bootcamp with Gunny 'cause they said almost the same identical things during our "orientation".  If Jessup had been a little taller and hairier, he and Gunny woulda been twins.

RIP Gunny - Semper Fi.

 
 
MrFrost
18  MrFrost    8 months ago

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Trout Giggles
18.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  MrFrost @18    8 months ago

most excellent

thanks for the giggle

 
 
IceMan
19  IceMan    8 months ago

Sign in the terminal at Anderson AFB Guam: 

Welcome To Guam you WILL ENJOY IT.

 
 
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