"He has meant so much to so many people 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". Your performance in Full Metal Jacket was one of the best performances I have ever seen. Please support your men and women in uniform. He gave me a choice.
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. When giving orders to clean the barracks latrine, Ermey's character said: "I want that head so sanitary and squared away that the Virgin Mary herself would be proud to go in there and take a dump". "Lee came up with, I don't know, 150 pages of insults".
The role made an impression on viewers, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination and paved way for more film opportunities. 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.
Although Ermey identified himself as a political independent, many of his views aligned closely with the Republican party. He spent 14 months in Vietnam beginning in 1968 before moving to Okinawa.
By the late 1970s, Mr. Ermey landed one of his first movie roles, as a helicopter pilot in Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now". The actor starred in TV shows and more recently did voice work in commercials and video games. In 2010, he told TMZ he was sacked from a Geico commercial for saying President Obama "impose socialism" on the U.S. He later apologized for the remarks. R. Lee Ermey lived an incredible life and did more in it than most.
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One person wrote: "God never takes someone early, they're just needed in heaven for a higher goal, godspeed R. Lee Ermey".
Experts share last-minute tax filing tips
Santa Barbara County residents and businesses qualify for a tax-filing extension from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). A lot! A tax refund is really just the return of a yearlong, interest-free loan that you extended to Uncle Sam.
Two-goal substitute Giroud inspires Chelsea turnaround
And with the lack of confidence that exists within the team, Eden Hazard says he is unhappy with the club's current predicament. Southampton is now in serious trouble of going down to the Championship and needs other results to help them out of 18th place.
Manchester City thrash Tottenham, one win away from EPL title
Crystal Palace is even money at plus-1 goals, which conjures up a scenario where they nearly manage to cadge a 0-0 or 1-1 tie. Though the actual contact came outside the box , the referee pointed to the spot with Lloris lucky to stay on the pitch.
Jon Rahm wins the Open de Espana
The fourth-ranked Rahm had six birdies in his final round to end the Centro Nacional de Golf tournament on 20-under 268. Rahm's fellow Spaniard Nacho Elvira looked set to go to a playoff with Rahm only to hit his ball into the water on 17.
Schalke go four clear of Dortmund
Joining on loan at the end of January, Chelsea striker Michy Batsuayi had been enjoying the life at Borussia Dortmund. Schalke were victorious in Sunday's Bundesliga Revierderby at the Veltins-Arena, with the hosts winning 2-0.