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It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us. It is a terrible loss that nobody was prepared for. He has meant so much to so many people. And, it is extremely difficult to truly quantify all of the great things this man has selflessly done for, and on behalf of, our many men and women in uniform. He has also contributed many iconic and indelible characters on film that will live on forever. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman of Full Metal Jacket fame was a hard and principled man. The real R. Lee Ermey was a family man, and a kind and gentle soul. He was generous to everyone around him. And, he especially cared deeply for others in need.

There is a quote made famous in Full Metal Jacket. It's actually the Riflemen's Creed. "This is my rifle. There are many like it, but this one is mine."

There are many Gunny's, but this one was OURS. And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness. Please support your men and women in uniform. That's what he wanted most of all.

Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed.
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Re: R. Lee Ermey (FMJ's Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), 1944-2018, R.I.P.
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2018, 20:55:29 »
I recall I hadn't seen him in anything for a while then those Geico commercials came out.... :rofl:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38diGt3OMd0

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Re: R. Lee Ermey (FMJ's Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), 1944-2018, R.I.P.
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2018, 21:00:31 »
Jesus H Christ Gunny!!! RIP
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Re: R. Lee Ermey (FMJ's Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), 1944-2018, R.I.P.
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2018, 21:05:20 »
Sad to read of his passing.  The world will be a little more quieter without The Gunny to give us direction.  Thank you for all the enjoyment you gave me over the years.

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Re: R. Lee Ermey (FMJ's Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), 1944-2018, R.I.P.
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2018, 13:47:53 »
His first film always seems to have been forgotten: Boys in Company C.

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Re: R. Lee Ermey (FMJ's Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), 1944-2018, R.I.P.
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2018, 14:28:29 »
His first film always seems to have been forgotten: Boys in Company C.

There were some pretty good lines of his in "The Siege of Firebase Gloria".

RIP Gunny  :salute:

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Re: R. Lee Ermey (FMJ's Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), 1944-2018, R.I.P.
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2018, 16:08:52 »
His first film always seems to have been forgotten: Boys in Company C.

Actually, his first film was Apocalypse Now. He was one of the 1st Air Cav chopper pilots. Remember the beach scene? He was an actual USMC drill sgt in the 1960s.

I had a copy of all of his "Mail Call" shows.

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Re: R. Lee Ermey (FMJ's Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), 1944-2018, R.I.P.
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2018, 17:02:54 »
Actually, his first film was Apocalypse Now. He was one of the 1st Air Cav chopper pilots.
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Re: R. Lee Ermey (FMJ's Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), 1944-2018, R.I.P.
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2018, 17:54:54 »
RIP Gunny  :salute:
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Re: R. Lee Ermey (FMJ's Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), 1944-2018, R.I.P.
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2018, 18:12:29 »
To (hopefully accurately) quote GySgt Hartman in FMJ: "Marines die - that's what we're here for. But the Marine Corps lives forever. And that means YOU live forever..." RIP.

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Re: R. Lee Ermey (FMJ's Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), 1944-2018, R.I.P.
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2018, 19:25:19 »
Actually, his first film was Apocalypse Now. He was one of the 1st Air Cav chopper pilots. Remember the beach scene? He was an actual USMC drill sgt in the 1960s.

The Boys in Company C came out in 1978.

Apocalypse Now did so in 1979.

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Re: R. Lee Ermey (FMJ's Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), 1944-2018, R.I.P.
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2018, 21:10:06 »
A great moment in my life was in 1976 when I was as a very junior dip at the Canadian embassy, Islamabad. One evening, at the US embassy Marine Club TGIF and fairly well done, I managed to beat the gunny in charge of the USMC guards at pool--a fine man and much better player than I. Beats all.

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Re: R. Lee Ermey (FMJ's Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), 1944-2018, R.I.P.
« Reply #15 on: April 17, 2018, 09:29:23 »
RIP Gunny

It is sad to hear of his passing.  Always loved his performances. 

Even sadder was to hear that he had been blacklisted in Hollywood for his 'Conservative' views and comments about Obama. 
 

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2016/07/05/gunnytime-host-r-lee-ermey-blackballed-from-hollywood-for-conservative-views.html
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Re: R. Lee Ermey (FMJ's Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), 1944-2018, R.I.P.
« Reply #16 on: April 17, 2018, 10:03:02 »
Even sadder was to hear that he had been blacklisted in Hollywood for his 'Conservative' views and comments about Obama. 
Yet, even Fox acknowledges "...he alleged."

As his career developed, he established a pretty specific actor model.  Perhaps  there weren't a whole lot of roles available for 72 y/o Gunny Sgts;  after all, there's no shortage of aging Ed Harris, Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman-types to draw from.  :dunno:

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Re: R. Lee Ermey (FMJ's Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), 1944-2018, R.I.P.
« Reply #17 on: April 17, 2018, 15:31:10 »
Yet, even Fox acknowledges "...he alleged."

As his career developed, he established a pretty specific actor model.  Perhaps  there weren't a whole lot of roles available for 72 y/o Gunny Sgts;  after all, there's no shortage of aging Ed Harris, Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman-types to draw from.  :dunno:

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He's had a number of roles as a disappointed dad - Greg House's father from House MD, the Janitor's dad from Scrubs, there was one from a cop show back in the early 2000's, a few others that I can't recall the names of off the top of my head.  Disappointed dad=drill instructor or CSM in my book.

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