Golden Globe-nominated actor R. Lee Ermey has died at age 74. Although he is probably best known for his role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, Ermey made a career of bringing no-nonsense military personnel to life on the big screen.

One of Ermey’s first roles was as a chopper pilot in Apocalypse Now, during which time he also acted as a technical advisor to Francis Ford Coppola. After some minor film parts, the actor was meant to advise on another movie as well: Full Metal Jacket. However, Stanley Kubrick was so impressed by an instructional tape that Ermey ...

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