R. Lee Ermey was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday.
Best known for his iconic role as the Marine Corps drill instructor Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in the war drama Full Metal Jacket, Ermey died April 15, 2018 at age 74 due to complications from pneumonia, Task & Purpose previously reported.
Marine Corps drill instructor R. Lee Ermey in his iconic role in 'Full Metal Jacket' (Warner Bros.)
Retired Marine Staff Sgt. R. Lee Ermey, the legendary Marine drill instructor turned iconic Full Metal Jacket actor who died last year, will be formally laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Jan. 18, according to the cemetery's web site.
Sometimes you just can’t make things up. Duffel Blog, yes, the popular satirical site, found itself in a nice little Twitter battle with actor Matthew Modine (Vision Quest, Full Metal Jacket, Stranger Things) over an article it released regarding the death of his Full Metal Jacket costar and former Marine R. Lee Ermey. The gist was that costar Vincent D’Onofrio, who famously played Private Gomer Pyle, had suffered from PTSD due to working with Ermey but had now found some peace as a result of his death.
The entire first half of Stanley Kubrick's epic Vietnam war drama Full Metal Jacket is one of the greatest depictions of Marine Corps Recruit Training in cinematic history. And though the sequence may seem a bit out-of-date today, one scene in particular has remained a fan favorite of troops and “nasty civilians” since the iconic film premiered in 1987.