R. Lee Ermey, actor in 'Full Metal Jacket,' dies at 74

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(CNN) -- R. Lee Ermey, the actor known for his Golden Globe-nominated role as an intimidating drill sergeant in "Full Metal Jacket," died Sunday at the age of 74, according to a statement from his manager.

FILE - In this June 15, 2014, file photo, actor and former Marine Corps drill instructor R. Lee Ermey meets with fans during an appearance at the new Field & Stream store in Millcreek Township, west of Erie, Pa. Ermey, a former marine who made a career in Hollywood playing hard-nosed military men like Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," has died. His longtime manager Bill Rogin says he died Sunday morning, April 15, 2018, from pneumonia-related complications. He was 74. (Jack Hanrahan/Erie Times-News via AP, File)

Ermey died from complications of pneumonia, according to Bill Rogin, his manager, in a post on Twitter. CNN's calls and emails to Rogin were not returned.

Ermey played the role of the tough Gunnery Sgt. Hartman who trains a new group of recruits in the 1987 film "Full Metal Jacket." He received a Golden Globe best supporting actor nomination for his role in the movie directed by Stanley Kubrick.

The Vietnam veteran brought authenticity to the role after having spent 11 years in the Marine Corps from 1961 to 1972.

He spent two years as a drill instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was medically retired for injuries in 1971 and in 2002 he received an honorary promotion to Gunnery Sergeant, according to a biography on his website.



 
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