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  • R. Ermey

    Born on March 24, 1944 in Emporia, Kansas

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Full Metal Jacket (1987)

R. Ermey as "Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, Drill Instructor"

Stanley Kubrick's take on the Vietnam War follows smart-aleck Private Davis (Matthew Modine), quickly christened "Joker" by his foul-mouthed drill sergeant (R. Lee Ermey), and pudgy Private Lawrence (Vincent D'Onofrio), nicknamed "Gomer Pyle," as they endure the rigors of basic training. Though Pyle takes a frightening detour, Joker graduates to the Marine Corps and is sent to Vietnam as a journalist, covering -- and eventually participating in -- the bloody Battle of Hué.

Golden Globe (1987) Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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