Born In: Emporia, Kansas, U.S.
Very few actors have left such a long lasting impression with a single role as Ronal Lee Ermey did with his portrayal of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in the film, Full Metal Jacket. An immensely talented actor, he was a soldier working for the United States Marine Corps where he rose to the rank of a staff Sergeant. He was also bestowed with the honorary rank of Gunnery Sergeant by the Marine Corps for his outstanding services. After being discharged from military services, he started acting in films and soon rose to fame and received numerous awards and critical acclaim. His portrayal of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman was immensely appreciated and he soon became a household name. Though he could never match the success of this role in his later films, he ensured a permanent place in the hearts of the filmgoers. Alongside the success on the big screen, he also made guest appearances and hosted several television shows which made him a household name. He also lent his voice to several animated films and video games. With his scintillating performances and distinctive voice, he etched his name in the hearts of movie lovers.
Also Known As: Ronald Lee Ermey, The Gunny
Died At Age: 74
Spouse/Ex-: Nila Ermey (m. 1975)
Born Country: United States
place of death: Santa Monica, California, U.S.
U.S. State: Kansas
education: University of Manila
Around this time, he played the character of a Marine Drill instructor in 1987 film, The Boys in Company "C", which brought him into the limelight.
In the following years, he played a few minor roles including the role of a tough drill instructor in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket. The role won him great critical acclaim and a nomination for Golden Globe Award as Best Supporting Actor.
He acted in numerous films, including Purple Hearts, Mississippi Burning, The Siege of Firebase Gloria and Dead Man Walking.
He also became a part of shows such as Kim Possible, The Simpsons, and Family Guy and hosted a documentary series Mail Call and Lock N' Load. On the show, he discussed a variety of issues including weaponry, tactical matters, and military history.
He made a guest appearance in the super hit TV drama, House. He further worked as a voice actor in plenty of episodes of Batman: The Brave and the Bold. In an episode of The Simpsons titled "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming", he gave his voice to Colonel Leslie’s character.
In an episode (Inmates of Summer) of SpongeBob SquarePants, he contributed as a voice actor.
He also gave his voice to various video games, including Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel, Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex and more.
In 2009, he hosted the second History Channel show titled Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey, which discussed in detail, the history of various weapons used in the military.
He married Nila in 1975 with whom he had four children. They remained married until his death. He had two daughters from his previous marriage.
R. Lee Ermey died on April 15, 2018, from complications related to pneumonia, at a hospital in Santa Monica, California. He was 74.
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