When Hollywood needed a no-nonsense military figure, it often turned to Ronald Lee Ermey. His presence was unforgettable, but at the age of 74-years-old, the marine drill instructor-turned-actor has passed away from pneumonia. He leaves behind a legacy that includes films like Full Metal Jacket, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, Se7en, Toy Story, and even a pair of television programs on the History Channel: Mail Call and Lock ‘n Load with R. Lee Ermey.
Though Ermey was typecast as an authoritative military figure for much of his career, it didn’t stop him from earning praise for his roles. His most notable appearance in Full Metal Jacket earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor.