'Full Metal Jacket' star R. Lee Ermey dies at 74

Golden Globe-nominated actor R. Lee Ermey, who is best known for his role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," has died.

Brittany King

Former Marine Corps drill instructor, R. Lee Ermey, who rose to fame after playing the sadistic Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, died Sunday morning. He was 74.


The actor has died due to complications from pneumonia, according to a statement posted on Twitter by Ermey's longtime manager Bill Rogin.

Here you are all equally worthless. And my orders are to weed out all non-hackers who do not pack the gear to serve in my beloved Corps. Do you maggots understand that?

"It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia," the statement read. "He will be greatly missed by all of us. Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed."


Ermey, who was a Kansas native, enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1961 at age 17 and served for 11 years, including 14 months in Vietnam, before being discharged in 1972.