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chas April 20th, 2018 02:24 PM

R.I.P.: R. Lee Ermey
 
R. Lee Ermey, a US Marine Drill Sgt. wounded several times in Viet Nam, played a military man (usually the typical tough Drill Instructor) in such films as The Boys In Company C, Apocalypse Now, and Full Metal Jacket (nominated for a Golden Globe for the latter). Yeah, that guy.

He later had many other roles, such as Briscoe County Sr. in the Bruce Campbell cult TV SciFi Western series Briscoe County Jr. RLE also hosted two History channel nonfiction shows, Mail Call and Lock and Load.

A USMC Staff Sgt., after his service he received an honorary promotion to Gunnery Sgt. in recognition of his many USO type appearances for our servicemen overseas.

Semper Fi, Gunny

japes April 20th, 2018 03:01 PM

Re: R.I.P.: R. Lee Ermey
 
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Originally Posted by chas (Post 2190057)
R. Lee Ermey, a US Marine Drill Sgt. wounded several times in Viet Nam, played a military man (usually the typical tough Drill Instructor) in such films as The Boys In Company C, Apocalypse Now, and Full Metal Jacket (nominated for a Golden Globe for the latter). Yeah, that guy.

He later had many other roles, such as Briscoe County Sr. in the Bruce Campbell cult TV SciFi Western series Briscoe County Jr. He also hosted two History Channel nonfiction shows, Mail Call and Lock and Load.

A USMC Staff Sgt., after his service he received an honorary promotion to Gunnery Sgt. in recognition of his many USO type appearances for our servicemen overseas.

Semper Fi, Gunny

Oh man...I hadn't heard. Thanks for posting.

Loved his movies but my all time favorite was one of his shows he had a garden where he grew watermelons and stuff that he called "the enemy". He'd use them for target practice. Thought that was funny.

Dad_Scaper April 20th, 2018 04:07 PM

Re: R.I.P.: R. Lee Ermey
 
Huh. I wouldn't have heard, Chas, if you didn't post. Thank you for sharing.

I am sure many readers already know that he broke into acting during the shoot of Full Metal Jacket. He was on set as a technical adviser for Stanley Kubrick, and he did the drill instructor bit - in Kubrick's eyes, at least - better than the actor they had on set for the role. The rest is history.

mac122 April 20th, 2018 06:07 PM

Re: R.I.P.: R. Lee Ermey
 
Don't forget Sarge, from Toy Story!

I especially enjoyed his Lock n' Load show on the History Channel. I think he must have been frightened attacked by a watermelon at an early age. :)


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