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R. Lee Ermey, a former marine turned Hollywood actor known for hardheaded military roles like Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket" has died at 74, his manager said.

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

Rogin also posted a statement about Ermey's death on the actor's Facebook page.

According to Rogin, Ermey died Sunday morning due to complications from pneumonia.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Rogin wrote: "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". Ermey was originally brought on by Kubrick to act as a technical advisor, but Kubrick was so impressed at Ermey's rants that he cast him as Full Metal Jacket's famous drill sergeant. He was generous to everyone around him.

It was Hartman's insatiable put-downs and insults - many of which Ermey ad-libbed himself - that stole the film and saw him revered in the film industry. Ermey, a retired U.S. Marine and an honorary gunnery sergeant, served as a drill instructor during his tenure in the U.S. Marine Corps.

One of his most unforgettable scenes is when he hones in on the overweight Private Pyle (Vincent D'Onofrio). "My demeanor happens to be a bit more authoritative and film directors, producers want to capitalize on that". And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness. In 1997, he told Entertainment Weekly he "bought a run-down bar and whorehouse" in Okinawa, Japan, but eventually moved on to the Philippines, where he landed his first film role as a 1st Air Cavalry pilot in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now. Please support your men and women in uniform. He starred in a series of other movies over the years, including Mississippi Burning, Prefontaine, Fletch Lives, and a remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He has over 124 credits on his resume - including movies, television, and video games - with his last being a return to his Toy Story character, Sarge, for the game Disney Magic Kingdom in 2016.

Ermey ad-libbed about 50 percent of his lines in Full Metal Jacket.

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