His manager shared the news of Ermey's death on Twitter today. He served as a technical adviser in Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 Vietnam Conflict epic, "Apocalypse Now", by which he additionally had a small function as a helicopter pilot. It is a bad loss that nobody was prepared for.
"I'd say fifty percent of Lee's dialogue, specifically the insult stuff, came from Lee". "My demeanor happens to be a bit more authoritative and film directors, producers want to capitalize on that. He has meant so much to so many people", Rogin told Task & Purpose in a statement.
Although Ermey identified himself as a political independent, many of his views aligned closely with the Republican party.
Mr. Ermey's 11-year career as a Marine was ended "by a rocket" in 1969, but he would not talk about the war for the Times article, saying: "If a person's wife and children were killed in a bad automobile accident, 20 years later it will bother him to talk about it".
Ermey previously served as a United States Marine Corps staff sergeant, as well as an honorary gunnery sergeant and a drill instructor for the Marines.
The former marine also played numerous character roles in television programmes such as Tales from the Crypt, The X-Files and House. 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.
In addition to playing a member of the military in many of his films, army life was also a huge part of his own background.
R. Lee Ermey has passed away aged 74.
Columnist Glen Macnow said: "RIP R. Lee Ermey, who was terrific in Se7en, Mississippi Burning, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Simpsons and - especially - Full Metal Jacket". These include Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey, where he talked about the development of the different types of weapons, and the History Channel show Mail Call, in which he provided his knowledge about modern and historic military issues. He was generous to everyone around him. It's no stretch at all for me to say Hoyt is more terrifying than the other characters in the film, including Leatherface. And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness. "That's what he wanted most of all".