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Also Known As: Lee Ermey Died:
Born: March 24, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Emporia, Kansas, USA Profession: actor, technical advisor, screenwriter, model, soldier

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Intense middle-aged character player of film and TV who convinces as macho military hard-asses and tough cops (more often than not gone bad). Ermey made an indelible impression as the demanding and brutally derisive Marine drill sergeant in the basic training sequence of Stanley Kubrick's chilling Vietnam drama, "Full Metal Jacket" (1987). His earlier career as a Marine Staff Non-Commissioned Officer serving in Vietnam lent powerful authority to his performance.

Intense middle-aged character player of film and TV who convinces as macho military hard-asses and tough cops (more often than not gone bad). Ermey made an indelible impression as the demanding and brutally derisive Marine drill sergeant in the basic training sequence of Stanley Kubrick's chilling Vietnam drama, "Full Metal Jacket" (1987). His earlier career as a Marine Staff Non-Commissioned Officer serving in Vietnam lent powerful authority to his performance.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Toy Story 3 (2010)
4.
5.
 Man of the House (2005) Cast
6.
 Willard (2003) Frank Martin
7.
 Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The (2003) Sheriff Hoyt
8.
 Run, Ronnie, Run (2002) Lead Kidnapper
9.
 Salton Sea, The (2002) Verne Plummer
10.
 Recess: School's Out (2001) Voice Of Colonel O'Malley
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Served in Vietnam as a Marine staff non-commissioned officer
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Medically retired from active duty as the result of injuries
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Moved to Manila in The Philippines
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Attended college in Manila on the G.I. Bill; studied criminology
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Frequented the coffee shop of the Manila Hilton where many Hollywood filmmakers would congregate during breaks in location shooting
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Hired to model blue jeans in TV commercials
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Appeared in other ads with a macho flavor
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Made feature debut in a local Tagalog-language movie
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Appeared in 4-5 Filipino movies over a three-year period
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Approached Ken Metcalf, the only American casting director in The Philippines in that period, about getting on the set of Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocolypse Now"
1976:
First work on an American feature, played a helicopter pilot and served as a technical advisor on Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" (released 1979)
1977:
First released feature as an actor and technical advisor (as Lee Ermey), "The Boys of Company C"
1987:
Acclaimed for his portrayal of Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket" (also served as technical advisor)
1988:
First credit as R Lee Ermey, playing the mayor in "Mississippi Burning"
1989:
First writing credit, additional dialogue for "The Siege of Firebase Gloria"
1990:
TV-movie debut, as a corrupt cop in "The Take" on USA
1993:
Appeared in the recurring role of Brisco County Sr, on "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr."
1997:
Featured on the ABC drama series "Cracker"
1997:
Portrayed coach Bill Bowerman in "Prefontaine"
1999:
Played featured role in "Life"
1999:
Provided the voice of Sarge in "Toy Story 2"
2001:
Cast as a football coach in "Saving Silverman"
2003:
Co-starred as Mr. Martin in "Willard"
2003:
Featured in the horror remake "Texas Chainsaw Massacre"
2006:
Reprised role of Sheriff Hoyt in the prequel "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning"
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Notes

Served as a Marine staff non-commissioned officer in the 1st Marine Division in I Corps, north of Danang, Vietnam

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wife:
Nila Ermey. Married c. 1976.

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Hosted a show called "Mail Call" on the History Channel for several years. It dealt with military weaponry, personnel, tactics, strategy and history from premedieval times until the present day.

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