"Full Metal Jacket" actor R. Lee Ermey has died

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Ermey was 74-years-old. Semper Fi, Gunny. Good luck, "Rogin has written in reference to slogan of Marine Corps, in which Ermelo served 1961 to 1971, when he was discharged for health reasons". Ermey enjoyed a long and productive career portraying military and law enforcement roles.

The director watched tapes of the session and concluded Ermey "was a genius for this part". He remembers Ermey as a amusing, warm individual who loved his Emporia roots. He was stationed in San Diego and Okinawa during his military career, which included 14 months in country during the Vietnam War. He would eventually become a United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and an honorary gunnery sergeant, and serve as a drill instructor. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman of Full Metal Jacket fame was a hard and principled man.

He also later landed the similar vocal role of "Sarge" in Toy Story - yet another stony disciplinarian, albeit slightly less scary than his Full Metal Jacket original.

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On the small screen, he played John House, father of Hugh Laurie's Gregory House in the medical drama House, and also fronted a number of shows for the History Channel, including Mail Call, in which he used his military expertise to answer viewers questions, and Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey, in which he explored military weaponry.

Funeral services are pending.

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An Emporia native who made a name for himself as a veteran and later an actor playing significant dramatic roles has died.

Bill Rogin revealed he'd sadly passed following "complications of pneumonia".

His performance in the film, which involved him ad-libbing many of his now-famous lines on the spot, led to him being typecast as authoritarian, commanding presence in future roles as he went on to appear as a Police Captain in David Fincher's Se7en, Mayor Tilman in Mississippi Burning and Sheriff Hoyt in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake.

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KVOE will have local reaction to the passing of R. Lee Ermey on Sunday evening online at KVOE.com and also during Monday's newscasts.

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