Ronald Lee Ermey (born March 24, 1944) is a retired United States Mari...
Ronald Lee Ermey (born March 24, 1944) is a retired United States Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant, Drill Instructor and actor.
TIL that R. Lee Ermey the actor who played Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket is the only retired US Marine to ever be promoted. He was personally promoted by the Commandant to Gunnery Sergeant to match his rank in the movie.
R. Lee Ermey, a former Marine Corps drill instructor known to millions of moviegoers as the sadistic Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," died Sunday morning, according to his longtime manager. He was 74.