R. Lee Ermey Has Died (twitter.com)

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OptimusSublime

History Channel needs to marathon Mail Call now. RIP Gunny.

-PM_ME_YOUR_SMILE-

I had completely forgotten about that show.

rustyshakelford

back when they had actual programming and not re-runs of Pawn Stars/American Pickers/Hitler conspiracy theories

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Metal_Agent

I literally was thinking about this show a few days ago and was wondering what R. Lee Ermey was up to these days. This makes me really sad.

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FreddyFuego

Whats that? Did you say a Best of Pawn Stars Seasons 1-8 followed by a Best of Chum Lee an The Ol' Man wacky outakes??

Marmite_Badger

"History"

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the-space-penguin

Sadly, they are too busy with crappy reality shows about pawn shops and auctions.

The History Channel has died long ago before Gunny, at least on its LATAM version.

probablyuntrue

Remember the good old days when it was the Hitler Channel with WW2 stuff all day every day

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huhwhat90

Do you expect "History" to actually do something decent? This is the same channel that runs a Pawn Stars marathon on Memorial Day.

ItsYaBoyFalcon

I regret watching Pawn Stars when it first aired. It gave them ideas.

Edit: Grammar

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bipolarbearsRAWR

RIP. You sure could shout good.

piefordays

I’ve never wanted someone to call me a little bitch more. RIP.

serpentsevensix

Let me see your war face!

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tomservo88

I never saw Full Metal Jacket till lately, but I knew of R. Lee even still because, if you needed a drill sergeant character for your cartoon, R. Lee was your man. SpongeBob, Cars, hell, even that Geico commerical where he played a shrink made him memorable to me as a kid.

Stumpy_Lump

Don't forget the History Channel!

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BrokenArmsFrigidMom

Iconic. He was the first call any casting director would make when needing a tough military type.

Definitely one of the greats at doing one thing, but doing it way better than anybody else.

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Sublime1980

Who said that!?!

bigfatcarp93

WHO THE FUCK SAID THAT!?

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SodaSpark

Excellent in Se7en as well as the [[precinct captain]]

melocoton_helado

"This aint even my desk"

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averyfunkybear

You twinkle-toed Commy Cocksucker

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PONTOONdrunk

"You have three seconds, exactly three fucking seconds, to wipe that stupid looking grin off your face, or I will gouge out your eyes and skull-fuck you!!!" - Gunny

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PONTOONdrunk

That is awesome!

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cheatbiscuit

yeah man thats great! that should be its own post

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LozMatik

"Sir, I can't help it, sir"

I_like_maps

"Bullshit! Get on your knees scumbag!"

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Ma3rabi

"Choke yourself!"

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Wanderlust_520

I admire your honesty. Hell, I like you. You can come over to my house and fuck my sister.

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jwfallinker

Longer post from facebook:

Statement from R. Lee Ermey's long time manager, Bill Rogin:

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.

Jakebfromstatefarm

This^ he really was a good family man. I realize I may be called out, and am willing to prove if you'd like, he was my Great uncle on my Mothers side. Very gentle man, who was stern, and loved gelling jokes. He was super close with his brothers (one of which is my grandfather Terry). We will miss him dearly, and we appreciate the good times we had with him.

jjwinder9

Best wishes to you and your family. Glad you guys have many good memories to cherish about him. :)

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jawinn

I had the honor of seeing him in Quantico several times. Everyone wanted to shake his hand and he was ALWAYS smiling. I never got to actually shake his hand though.

I always wanted to tell him how much he meant to me as he reminded me so much of my Grandfather - a career soldier, combat officer, D-day veteran, as well as Vietnam. My grandfather loved Full Metal Jacket and I got to watch it with him once.

I asked him why Hartman man was so mean to the recruits and he replied solemnly "he's preparing them for war." That was all I needed to hear.

Your great uncle will be sorely missed.

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Doxatek

You should post proof just because pictures of him in a day to day environment could be cool. Also to milk that sweet kArma

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woodukindly_bruh

This is awful, pneumonia? I literally said Oh my God, out loud. What a legend though. He will most definitely be missed.

Edit: Apparently pneumonia stemming from pretty severe cancer. Still, huge loss and mad respect to his life and legacy.

Jakebfromstatefarm

The family didn't want news of his cancer coming out. About a month ago, his doctor took x-rays and noticed holes forming in his bones. Treatment caused the sickness and pneumonia, and being so weak already, it unfortunately took him.

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ShankKunt42

"I didn't know they stack shit that high"

theydeletedme

This performance had a weird effect on me, being someone who never joined the military; sometimes when I'm going through some misery, I hear R. Lee Ermey's voice talking shit at me.

Hey, fuck you R. Lee Ermey. I can so do this. I'll show you, you fuck. How dare you doubt me?

Patchyguy

You experienced what every Marine recruit feels at the end of boot camp. You enter it, scared shitless of the loud, permanently angry D.I.s and deal with it. After 2 1/2 months of it, you've built up the confidence in yourself to think to yourself "fuck you man, I got this"

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PreservedInCarbonite

He looks like he could suck a golf ball through a garden hose.

chadork

Only steers and queers come from Texas, Private Cowboy. And you don't look much like a steer to me so that kinda narrows it down.

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09112001

Legend doesn't even begin to describe him. One of his most underrated roles for me was as the sheriff in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003 remake. His character really disturbed me to the core, his performance was chilling.

RIP big guy.

not1fuk

Another role I loved him in outside of Full Metal Jacket is Saving Silverman. Saving Silverman is a really underrated comedy.

therealjoshua

Dude if all the nachos gets stuck together that's like , one nacho

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HCJohnson

You ate her? Boys I've got to hand it to you!

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jesus_swept_

Saving Silverman is great, and he's funny in it.

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Honztastic

You boys take care of that bitch that was gonna marry Silverman?

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YoungAdult_

What? They’re making you wear little dresses?

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AAAPosts

COMINAYEEEEHAAAAAAA!!!!!

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ON_A_POWERPLAY

Outside of acting in movies, his History Channel stuff was AWESOME, and you can still find a lot of it on youtube.

09112001

I'm guessing that was from back when History Channel was about.... history?

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pebbleofdoom

He’s not allowed to die, not without permission!

tomservo88

I wanna see your war face at your visitation!

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quixoticVigil

R. Lee Ermey gives himself permission.

CrackingYs

From this day onward, God asks R. Lee Ermey for permission to kill people.

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Gewehr98

Chesty came down from above and gave him his transfer orders

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gmharryc

His soul may belong to God, but his his ass belongs to the Corp!

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laikamonkey

I see you are some kind of a joker

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Mynock33

Death whispers in his ear, "I am here for your soul."

Bullshit I can't hear you. Sound off like you got a pair!

Chinaroos

R. Lee Ermey in the Afterlife

What's your name, demon?

BEEZELBUB, CORRUPTER OF SOULS, DESTROYER OF--

You're gonna corrupt your way to an ass kicking if you don't close those mouth parts real quick, Peachypie! You like that name, Peachypie?

....I...I DON'T...

SPEAK UP PEACHYPIE, I CAN'T HEAR YOU WITH ALL THOSE COCKS IN YOUR MANDIBLES

....SIR, YES SIR....

Edited because extra words. Make the devil show his war face

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3_if_by_air

"The first and last words out of your filthy sewers will be 'sir', do you maggots understand?"

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WildMuppetParade

His voice when ranking up in World at War will always be remembered.

Stone_CyberStone

Wait, he was in World at War??

tdrichards74

He was pretty much every shouting army officer ever.

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theserpentsmiles

Veteran, Actor, and Stand Up Guy. A fucking shame pneumonia got him. It should have been a Tank or a Bear

Mjolnr66

A physical enemy would've failed miserably

Chapped_Assets

Gomer Pyle with an M14 may have done it though.

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Ihateourlives2

Death had to take him in his sleep.

kss1089

If he had been awake, there would have been a fight.

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Orc_

Pneumonia is a bitch and can get old people like that, they think they suddenly just have a common cold and go to sleep only to wake up needing to go to the hospital then it's too late.

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justdefi

You climb like old people fuck private pile! Rest in Peace Gunny

msmont1

Every line of his from that movie is quotable. I bet if there was some pussy at the top of that obstacle you'd get up there Private Pile.

tm1087

Your days of fingerbanging old Mary Jane Rottencrotch through her purty pink panties are OVER!!!!

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Concealer77

I will motivate you, PVT Pyle! Even if it short-dicks every cannibal on the congo!

Cola_Popinski

How tall are you Private Cowboy?

Sir! Five foot nine

Five foot nine. I didn’t know they stack shit that high

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jseyfer

Many of you probably already know this but here goes anyway- Legend has it that Ermey wasn’t originally cast in the roll of the drill instructor in Full Metal Jacket. He was hired only to coach the original actor hired for the roll. But Kubrick was so impressed, he fired the other actor and hired Ermey- who wasn’t an actor then himself.

WienerJungle

It's not true that he wasn't an actor at that point. He had already played drill sergeants a couple times previously.

umwhatshisname

The Boys in Company C and The Siege of Firebase Gloria. Two pretty good Vietnam war movies.

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QTown2pt-o

The original actor cast for the drill sergeant is still in the movie - he's the "GET SOME" guy shooting villagers from the helicopter in one scene where Joker asks him "How can you shoot women and children?" And he replies "Easy! You just don't lead 'em so much!" (With the machine gun) https://youtu.be/S06nIz4scvI

RegionFree

*You just don’t lead them so much.

Also, all you had to say was “The GET SOME guy” and anyone who has seen the movie will know who you’re talking about.

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ItsMyImPulse

I'd say fifty percent of Lee's dialogue, specifically the insult stuff, came from Lee. You see, in the course of hiring the marine recruits, we interviewed hundreds of guys. We lined them all up and did an improvisation of the first meeting with the drill instructor. They didn't know what he was going to say, and we could see how they reacted. Lee came up with, I don't know, 150 pages of insults. Off the wall stuff: "I don't like the name Lawrence. Lawrence is for faggots and sailors."

Aside from the insults, though, virtually every serious thing he says is basically true. When he says, "A rifle is only a tool, it's a hard heart that kills," you know it's true. Unless you're living in a world that doesn't need fighting men, you can't fault him. Except maybe for a certain lack of subtlety in his behavior. And I don't think the United States Marine Corps is in the market for subtle drill instructors.

-Stanley Kubrick

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Brox42

Also, legend has it, one of the only people Kubrick ever let improvise.

lunch77

He was also very lenient to Peter Sellers on improv

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NaGaBa

It is also said that Kubrick had to ask him what a reach-around is.

GrapesHatePeople

Kubrick must have been a guy with no god damned common courtesy.

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a_gallon_of_pcp

I’ve also read that, when Kubrick was talking to him, Ermey yelled “You stand up when you’re talking to me” and Kubrick instinctively did, which landed him the role.

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ifmacdo

Wasn't legend, he was hired as a consultant. Order actor couldn't cut it, especially when compared to Ermey.

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OhDeerLordMan

Incorrect. Marines only go to hell to regroup.

Search4Assistance18

He didn't die. He just faded away.

Lich180

He'll show up as a blue-tinged ghost.

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Tyrannosharkus

"But always remember this: Marines die, that is what we're here for. But the Marine Corps lives forever, and that means you live forever!"

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5_Frog_Margin

"But always remember this: Marines die. That's what we're here for. But the Marine Corps lives forever, and that means you live forever." - R. Lee Ermey.

GenralChaos

Came here for this. As long as there are Marines serving our country and the Constitution, no Marine ever truly dies.

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spurioushamster

Heaven just got a lot more shouty

Tacoman404

We need a reverse of this

qwertyman2347

Cloud yells at old man?

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ValKilmerinminiature

He's one of the few celebrities I met in my life. Sold him tickets to The Informant back when I was working at a theater. I look up from my drawer and there he was, gruffly asking for his movie.

I was so struck by his sudden appearance that I mis-punched and gave him the wrong movie. The 5ish seconds that followed him telling me this and me realizing I'd possibly upset Gunnery Sgt. Hartman were some of the most tense I've ever experienced. I was certain he was gonna tear me a new one. Instead, he just laughs and makes no big deal of it.

A genuinely good man and a staggeringly intense presence. RIP.

Holovoid

You should have asked him for an earth-shaking tear down for your fuckup

ValKilmerinminiature

From what I remember, he wasn't so much about that character all those years after. He was just a grandpa who enjoyed taking his family to the movies

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White___Velvet

Rest in Peace to the man who gave us the most iconic military training performance of all time.

A true legend. Speaks volumes about how impactful his work was that everyone instantly thinks of him when you say "drill sergeant"

drmortus66

Drill Instructor btw

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MySockHurts

R. Lee Ermey - Sarge from "Toy Story"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXvR6yxUVSw

8Bit_Architect

If Toy Story 4 doesn't have an "In Memory of" for him I'll be pretty pissed...

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Apollo85

I'm 27. SAVING SILVERMAN makes me laugh as much now as it did when I was 12 years old. RIP coach.

HCJohnson

...I'm gay.

Me too!

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Boss_Boggs

"You ATE her? My hat goes off to you boys, that's the perfect crime"

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Sylvester_Scott

I hope he got permission to die. Otherwise someone's ass is getting kicked.

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hops4beer

This guy is legendary. I'm watching full metal jacket again tonight.

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TTMcBumbersnazzle

Damn... Aside from his movie roles, dude still visited Quantico every once in a while and hung out with Marines.

Now to pop in Full Metal Jacket.

bordy

He was the guest of honor at my first Marine Corps Ball in the fleet. Cool dude, but busy that night.

Few years later they opened a new sports bar on MCRD San Diego and I went. There he was, just hanging out drinking some beers. Talked to him for a solid hour that night, he was really very cool.

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whostolemypancake

It never even occurred to me that this man could die.

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ChocolateDrink

“What's your name, scumbag?” -“Sir, Private Christ , sir!” “Bullshit! From now on you're Private Snowball. Do you like that name?” -“Sir, yes, sir”

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Mr_Potamus

He definitely had the common courtesy to give a reach around. RIP

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MSDMSMPMCRAPAFRRC

A lot of people think of movies when they think of Ermey, but I’ll always have fond memories of watching “Mail Call” on the history channel when I was a kid. He really made that show great, and I learned a lot from it.

RIP Gunny

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good_testing_bad

This upsets me because my dad (a marine) was pretty distant but I remember when I watched his drill sergeant routine my dad would light up and tell me stories of his boot camp. Rip and thanks for helping me get closer to my dad.

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Hobodownthestreet

The man lived a full life, if you can listen to his interview on the Adam Carolla Show, he was one of a kind. Will be missed, a true legend and man how stood by his convictions.

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GrassNinja139

If the Army and the Navy ever look on heaven's scenes, they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.

Semper Fi, Gunny

hand salute

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GreatTragedy

He's had many great scenes, but I always loved that scene in Seven when he's having a discussion with Morgan Freeman at the station, and the phone near the chair he's sitting in keeps ringing, until he picks it up.

This isn't even my desk! <click>

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Biochemhistory

It sucks that he was blackballed from Hollywood because of his conservative beliefs.

Hollywood can be full of hateful liberals that don’t just want to blackball, but destroy your livelihood.

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JJGlspr

Bye Gunny

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WizardEric

This sucks. A true legend.

Semper Fi

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