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R Lee Ermey

24 March 1944 to 15 April 2018

An American actor best known for his role as a sadistic drill sergeant in Full Metal Jacket (1987), Ermey was himself a Marines Corps veteran of 11 years. He began his film career as a military adviser on The Boys in Company C (1978) but was reportedly cast as a drill instructor due to his demeanour on set. 

Read R Lee Ermey's New York Times obituary here.