Sad news to report tonight, as legendary character actor R. Lee Ermey has passed away at the age of 74. The announcement came from Bill Rogin, the actor’s longtime manager. It reads:
“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. He will be greatly missed by all of us. It is a terrible loss that nobody was prepared for. He has meant so much to so many people. And, it is extremely difficult 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. He has also contributed many iconic and indelible characters on film that will live on forever. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman of Full Metal Jacket fame was a hard and principled man. The real R. Lee Ermey was a family man, and a kind and gentle soul. He was generous to everyone around him. And, he especially cared deeply for others in need.”
The statement continues:
“There are many Gunny’s, but this one was OURS. And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness. Please support your men and women in uniform. That’s what he wanted most of all.”
The actor will most likely be remembered most for his role in Full Metal Jacket, but had many other popular roles including Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning and Se7en. I personally will always remember his role as the coach in Saving Silverman. Either way, the film industry has lost a great talent tonight. R.I.P.