It was Ermey's military experience and persona that landed him dozens of authority-figure roles over a almost 40-year film and television acting career.
Ermey's longtime agent, Bill Rogin, announced on Twitter on Sunday evening that the actor has passed due to "complications of pneumonia".
R. Lee Ermey, star of 'Full Metal Jacket', has died
On May 17, 2002, he received an honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James L. Jones.
Born in Kansas in 1944, Ermey gained his first appearing position whereas learning drama on the College of Manila within the Philippines, touchdown an element as a helicopter pilot within the 1979 traditional Apocalypse Now.More news: Modi to address the world from UK's historic Central Hall Westminster
In addition to a long list of contributions to theatrical movies, Ermey also hosted two popular television shows on The History Channel "Mail Call" and "Lock n' Load", along with "Gunny Time" on the Outdoor Channel.
His supervisor mentioned that whereas his characters have been usually hard-nosed and principled, the actual Ermey was a household man and "a sort and delicate soul". Ermey was originally hired as only a technical advisor on the film, but Kubrick was so impressed with Ermey he cast the Marine in the film, replacing actor Tim Colceri.More news: Trump declares 'mission achieved' after strike on Syria
I personally never had the chance to interview R. Lee Ermey, but last July I learned a fantastic story about him from his Full Metal Jacket co-stars Vincent D'Onofrio and Matthew Modine - who were participating in a special press day commemorating the movie's 30th anniversary. Ermey, who was reportedly a critic of former president Barack Obama, said that his opposition to Obama and support of the NRA agenda cost him additional work in Hollywood. It is a bad loss that nobody was prepared for.
Regarding his most famous role in "Full Metal Jacket", Ermey told the Spokesman Review that he did not really like that character, because "I'm basically a nice person". And, it is extremely hard 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. And, he especially cared deeply for others in need... And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness.More news: Commonwealth Games closing ceremony slammed on social media