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R. Lee Ermey

Ermey in November 2006 in Okinawa, Japan
Personal information
Birth nameRonald Lee Ermey
Birth dateMarch 24, 1944(age 72)
Place of birthEmporia, Kansas, United States
OccupationActor/former drill instructor
Years active1978-present

R. Lee Ermey

Personal information
NameRonald Lee Ermey
Nickname"The Gunny"
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1961 1972
RankGunnery Sergeant
UnitMCRD San Diego
Marine Wing Support Group 17
Battles/warsVietnam War
AwardsMeritorious Unit Commendation
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
Other workActor

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Ronald Lee Ermey (born March 24, 1944) is a retired United States Marine Corps drill instructor and actor.

Ermey has often played the roles of authority figures, such as his breakout performance as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket, Mayor Tilman in the Alan Parker film Mississippi Burning, Bill Bowerman in Prefontaine, Sheriff Hoyt in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, and plastic army men leader Sarge in the Toy Story films.

He has hosted two programs on the History Channel: Mail Call, in which he answered viewers' questions about various militaria both modern and historic; and Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey, which focused on the development of different types of weapons.

He is currently a board member for the National Rifle Association.

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