'Full Metal Jacket' actor R. Lee Ermey (The Gunny) dies at 74

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"He will be greatly missed by all of us", the tweet says. "Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed".

In a post on Facebook - since made inaccessible - his manager Bill Rogin said: "It is extremely hard 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". "There are many Gunny's, but this one was OURS", Rogin said.

After some minor film parts, the actor was meant to advise on another movie as well: Full Metal Jacket. And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness.

In addition to a long list of contributions to theatrical movies, Ermey also hosted two popular television shows on The History Channel "Mail Call" and "Lock n' Load", along with "Gunny Time" on the Outdoor Channel. This was a rarity for Kubrick, but everything from Ermey's undeniably original insults to his real life experiences proved to the auteur that he was the only man for the job.

Ermey, who typically played military roles in movies, enlisted in the Marine Corps at just 17 after his second arrest for criminal mischief. After that, he served as a technical advisor on Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, and had an uncredited role in the film. "That's what he wanted most of all".

Ronald Lee Ermey was himself a Marine for 11 years (who retired in 1971), a staff sergeant who served in Vietnam and Okinawa, Japan, and was later awarded the honorary rank of gunnery sergeant.

"Full Metal Jacket" earned Ermey a Golden Globe nomination, as well as a career playing authority figures - from Mayor Tilman in 1988's "Mississippi Burning" to a toy soldier sergeant in the more family-friendly "Toy Story". Please support your men and women in uniform. Lee Ermey, which focused on the development of different types of weapons. Ermey was a staunch conservative, but admitted to voting for Barack Obama. In 2010, he told TMZ he was sacked from a Geico commercial for saying President Obama "impose socialism" on the U.S. He later apologized for the remarks.

Although Ermey identified himself as a political independent, many of his views aligned closely with the Republican party.

Rest in peace, Mr. Ermey. His death was announced on his social media accounts by his longtime manager, Bill Rogin.

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