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Ronald Lee Ermey

Updated: Jun 1

March 24, 1944 | Emporia, Kansas, USA | #Actor #MarineCorpsVeteran #CharacterActor


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Ronald Lee Ermey, widely known as R. Lee Ermey, was an American actor and Marine Corps veteran, celebrated for his iconic portrayal of tough and authoritative characters on screen. Ermey's military background deeply influenced his acting career, lending authenticity and intensity to his performances.

 
 

Ermey gained widespread recognition for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket" (1987), a performance that earned him critical acclaim and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. His portrayal of the uncompromising drill instructor remains one of the most memorable and oft-quoted performances in cinema history.


Throughout his career, Ermey specialized in playing authority figures and military roles, appearing in numerous films and television shows. His distinctive voice and commanding presence made him a sought-after character actor, often cast in roles that demanded strength, discipline, and gravitas.


In addition to his acting career, Ermey was deeply committed to supporting military veterans and their families. He was involved in various charitable organizations and initiatives aimed at providing assistance and resources to those who served in the armed forces.


Ermey's legacy as both an actor and a Marine Corps veteran continues to be celebrated, with his contributions to film and his dedication to honoring military service leaving a lasting impact on audiences and veterans alike.


Top Movies and TV Shows:

1. Full Metal Jacket

2. Toy Story (voice of Sergeant)

3. Apocalypse Now

4. Se7en

5. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

See Ermey's Obituary


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