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R. Lee Ermey Biography

Birth Name:
Ronald Lee Ermey
Birth Place:
Emporia, Kansas, United States

Fast Facts

  • Served in the USMC from 1961 to 1972, and was given an honorary promotion to Gunnery Sergeant in 2002
  • Also received multiple service awards, including the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm
  • Moved to Manila after retiring from the service and appeared in several Filipino TV ads and motion pictures
  • Was initially hired to be a consultant on Full Metal Jacket but after Stanley Kubrick watched his instructional tapes, he decided Ermey was right for the role of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman
  • Refers to his wife as "Mrs
  • Gunny" on his show Lock N Load with R
  • Lee Ermey
  • Has served as a board member of the National Rifle Association


  • 1988Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated


  • Nila Ermey -- Wife