R. Lee Ermey, 'Full Metal Jacket' Golden Globe nominee, dies at 74

R. Lee Ermey, best known for his Golden Globe-nominated portrayal of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in “Full Metal Jacket,” has died. He was 74.

Ermey’s longtime manager announced the news via a tweet to Ermey’s official Twitter account.

“It is with great 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,” the tweet reads.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 05: Actor R. Lee Ermey arrives at the premiere of New Line's 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on October 5, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Actor R. Lee Ermey, a cast member in the remake of the acclaimed 1971 horror classic "Willard," poses during the premiere of the film March 12, 2003 at The Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood, California. "Willard" opens in the United States March 14. REUTERS/Jim Ruymen JR
Sgt. R. Lee Ermey during National Cable & Telecommunications Association Press Tour at The Ritz Carlton Pasadena Hotel in Pasadena, California, United States. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
U.S. President George W. Bush (front) talks to actor and veteran R. Lee Ermey (R) at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) national convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, August 22, 2005. Bush underscored his policy of keeping U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq until the country establishes a stable government. REUTERS/Jeff Mitchell JM/KI/YH
Virginia Bass gets an autograph from actor and former Marine Gunnery Sergeant R Lee Ermey in the trade booths during the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, April 11, 2015. REUTERS/Harrison McClary
LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 19: Actor, television personality and former U.S. Marine Corps gunnery sergeant R. Lee Ermey attends the 2016 National Shooting Sports Foundation's Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show to promote his Outdoor Channel show 'Gunnytime with R. Lee Ermey' at the Sands Expo and Convention Center on January 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The SHOT Show, the world's largest annual trade show for shooting, hunting and law enforcement professionals, runs through January 23 and is expected to feature 1,600 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 62,000 attendees. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT -- 'Trophy' Episode 1207 -- Pictured:Pictured: R. Lee Ermey as Walter Burlock (Photo by Will Hart/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
R. Lee Ermey and Dale Dye during 2005/2006 A&E Television Networks UpFront - Inside at Sea Grill, Rockefeller Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage for History Channel)
R. Lee Ermey during 2005/2006 A&E Television Networks UpFront - Inside at Sea Grill, Rockefeller Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by L. Busacca/WireImage for History Channel)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 25: Actor and retired Marine, R. Lee Ermey, signs pictures for Nancy Kearney of her son Marine Lance Cpl. Matt Kearney before a news conference to announce legislation that would give the Marines equal status as the Navy, Feb. 25, 2010. The legislation would change the name of the Department of the Navy to the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps. (Photo By Tom Williams/Roll Call/Getty Images)
R. Lee Ermey and Bill Kurtis during 2005/2006 A&E Television Networks UpFront - Inside at Sea Grill, Rockefeller Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage for History Channel)
AUSTIN, TX - JUNE 5: R. Lee Ermey during the Jiffy Lube Dennis Quaid Charity Classic Golf Tournament on June 5, 2004 at the Avery Ranch Golf Club in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jana Birchum/Getty Images)
Josh Binswanger and R. Lee Ermey during A & E Television Network Celebrates 20th Anniversary - Inside at Mandarin Oriental Hotel - Time Warner Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by L. Busacca/WireImage)
AUSTIN, TX - JUNE 5: R. Lee Ermey signs autographs during the Jiffy Lube Dennis Quaid Charity Classic Golf Tournament on June 5, 2004 at the Avery Ranch Golf Club in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Jana Birchum/Getty Images)
CHINA BEACH - 'Who's Happy Now?' - Airdate: October 11, 1989. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) R. LEE ERMEY
R. Lee Ermey and Kathy Lamkin during Los Angeles Premiere of New Line Cinema's 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for New Line Cinema)
R Lee Ermey and Producer Tobe Hooper during Los Angeles Premiere of New Line Cinema's 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by E. Charbonneau/WireImage for New Line Cinema)
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In addition to his role in Stanley Kubrick’s Oscar-nominated film, Ermey had several other mostly authority figure roles to his credit, including Sheriff Hoyt in 2003’s “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” a police captain in “Se7en,” and the voice of the plastic army men’s leader Sarge in “Toy Story.”

Ermey was a former United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and honorary gunnery sergeant, and served as a drill instructor during his tenure from 1961-1972.

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