R. Lee Ermey, a former Marine Corps drilling instructor best known for his role in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," was buried at the Arlington National Cemetery on Friday with full military honors, the Institute said. Naval of the United States.
Ermey died on April 15, 2018, due to complications of pneumonia. He was 74 years old.
Before playing his famous role as the sadistic gunner sergeant. Hartman in the 1987 film, Ermey enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1961. The native of Kansas served for 11 years, including 14 months in Vietnam, before being medically released in 1972 due to injuries.
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Ermey had small roles in "Apocalypse Now" and "The Boys in Company C" before getting his big break in "Full Metal Jacket". Ermey was originally supposed to be a technical consultant, but Kubrick offered him the role of Gunnery Sgt. Hartman after watching a demonstration tape of the actor criticizing the extras while the tennis balls flew towards him.
"Full Metal Jacket" gave Ermey a Golden Globe nomination, as well as a career of authority figures, from Mayor Tilman in "Mississippi Burning" of 1988 to the small green army Sarge in the "Toy Story", more family.
Ermey appeared on several television shows and movies, and also presented the History Channel series "Mail Call" and "Lock N 'Load with R. Lee Ermey."
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He was an open supporter of the military.
"I was in the Vietnam era, so we were not very respected at all," Ermey told the US Naval Institute. UU In 2015. "In fact, that was the time when, when you came back from the war, they spat at you." . That was the hippie generation though. "There are still some problems, still some situations, and there are still some people in this world who simply refuse to support our beloved military."
Samuel Chamberlain and The Associated Press of Fox News contributed to this report.