r. lee ermey, best known for playing the terrifying drill sergeant in full metal jacket, has died at the age of 74.the actor passed away from pneumonia-related complications on sunday, according to his manager, who said: “he will be greatly missed by all of us.”ermey earned a golden globe nomination for his turn as gunnery sergeant hartman, the foul-mouthed sadist who trains new us marine recruits in stanley kubrick’s 1987 war film.here are five things you may not know about ermey:he was a drill instructor in real lifeermey spent 11 years in the us marine corps, from 1961 to 1972, including two years as a drill instructor for recruits in san diego. he rose to the rank of staff sergeant, before being medically retired as a result of injuries.he voiced several cartoon charactersermey was often cast in military and police roles, but also voiced a series of authority figures in cartoons, ranging from sarge in toy story and colonel leslie “hap” hapablap in the simpsons to a prison warden in spongebob squarepants.he was on donald trump jr’s shooting teamermey once described “donny trump” as a “dinger” on the shooting range, and speculated that the shooting gene could run in the family. in an interview in january 2016, during donald trump snr’s presidential campaign, the actor told us news network theblaze: “i do know that if trump gets to be our president, our commander in chief, i know one thing - our second amendment rights [to bear arms] are solid as a ...