Golden Globe-nominated actor R. Lee Ermey, best known for his role as the incendiary and brutal Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s classic Full Metal Jacket has passed away at 74. The sad news was announced on his Twitter account by his long-time manager, who shared a photo of the actor.
Ermey wasn’t just an actor playing a hard-nosed drill sergeant, he had a long career in the Marines, which he joined at the age of 17. He rose to the rank of staff sergeant before being discharged due to multiple injuries he suffered during his service.