Character-actor Ronald Lee Ermey died at age 74.

The former US Marine Corps Staff Sergeant, who became famous with his role as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in the movie Full Metal Jacket, died from pneumonia on 15th April in Santa Monica, California.

The news of his death was brought to the public eye by Ermey’s manager, Bill Rogin, via Twitter; the reason for this tragedy: “complications of pneumonia”.

With more than 100 film and TV credits, Ermey had initially been hired as a technical advisor, due to his experience in the Vietnam war.

For his most famous role, as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, Ermey got nominated for a Golden Globe and won Best Supporting Actor award from The Boston Society of Film.

This role also gave Ermey his nickname “Gunny.”

Born in Kansas, Ermey served eleven years to the United States Marine Corps in the 60s and early 70s, taking tours in Japan and Vietnam.

R. Lee Ermey was also the voice behind the plastic toy soldier, Sarge, in the highly successful Pixar movies Toy Story. His voice also appears in animations like Kung Fu Panda, The Simpsons, Family Guy and SpongeBob SquarePants.

Ermey has done voiceovers for video games such as Call of Duty: Ghosts and Disney Magic Kingdom.

Ronald Lee Ermey is going to be known as a person with a very “colourful” speech, who supported the US military till his last day.

He will remain among us with his incredible work and roles.

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