R. Lee Ermey Net Worth, Height, Bio, Facts

R. Lee Ermey Biography

  • Name: R. Lee Ermey
  • Age at Death: 74 years old
  • Height: 6ft 0in (183 cm)
  • Occupation: Actor
  • Net Worth: US $12 Million
  • Status: Deceased

R. Lee Ermey was an American actor, voice actor and former US Marine Corps staff sergeant. He starred as “Gunnery Sergeant Hartman” in the war film, Full Metal Jacket (1987). Other standout films include Mississippi Burning (1988), Fletch Lives (1989), and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003). His book, Gunny’s Rules: How to Get Squared Away Like a Marine, was published in 2013. Ronald Lee Ermey was born on March 24, 1944, in Emporia, Kansas. He had five siblings, including brothers Jack and Terry. The family moved to Washington when he was a teenager. Ermey moved to the Philippines following his services in the U.S. Marine Corps. He used his G.I. Bill benefits to attend the University of the Philippines Manila where he majored in criminology.

Ermey enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at the age of 17. The bulk of his training took place at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in California. He served as a drill instructor at the USMC Recruit Depot from 1965 to 1967. Ermey served in countries like Japan and Vietnam. He was medically discharged in 1972 at the rank of staff sergeant. His battle/war accolades include the Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Pistol Sharpshooter Badge. He received an honorary promotion to Gunnery Sergeant in May 2002.

Ermey’s film debut was, The Boys in Company C (1978), directed by Sidney J. Furie. He followed up with an uncredited role in the epic war film, Apocalypse Now (1979), starring Marlon Brando and Robert Duvall. Other early films include Up from the Depths (1979), and Purple Hearts (1984). Ermey’s breakout role was as “Gunnery Sergeant Hartman” in the war film, Full Metal Jacket (1987). His role earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for best supporting actor. The film was directed/produced by Stanley Kubrick. It also starred Matthew Modine and Vincent D’Onofrio. Ermey appeared in the comedy, Fletch Lives (1989), opposite Chevy Chase and Hal Holbrook. His film credits include Mississippi Burning (1988) with Gene Hackman, Dead Man Walking (1995) with Susan Sarandon, Willard (2003) with Crispin Glover, and Seven (1995) with Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. He supplied the voice of “Sarge” for the Toy Story animated films.

In addition to films, Ermey appeared on a number of television programs. He also had success as a voice actor. His television credits include Space: Above and Beyond, Tales from the Crypt, The X-Files, Scrubs, and Law & Order: SVU. He was cast as “Lieutenant Fry” in the series Cracker (1997-98), and as “John House” in the Fox series House. He hosted two television programs for the History Channel, Mail Call (2002-09), and Lock n’ Load with R. Lee Ermey (2009). Ermey voiced the character “Wildcat” for the animated series Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2009). His voice can be heard on shows like The Simpsons, SpongeBob SquarePants, Family Guy, and The Angry Beavers. He also lent his voice to the video games Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel, and Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex.

R. Lee Ermey died on April 15, 2018, at the age of 74. His reported cause of death was complications from pneumonia. He passed away at a hospital in Santa Monica, California. He is survived by wife of 43 years, Nila, and by six children. Ermey was 6ft tall and he was of German and English ancestry. His personal net worth was estimated at $12 million. He endorsed brands like Coors Light, GEICO, and Glock USA. He was also board member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

R. Lee Ermey Bio, Net Worth, Facts
Photo By English: Sgt. Jimmy D. Shea [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

R. Lee Ermey Age, Birthday, Salary, Wiki

  • Birth Name: Ronald Lee Ermey
  • Birthday: March 24, 1944
  • Place of Birth: Emporia, Kansas, United States
  • Zodiac Sign: Aries
  • How Tall : Height: 6ft 0in (183 cm)
  • Occupation: Actor, Drill Instructor
  • Years Active: 1978-2018
  • Net Worth & Salary: US $12 Million
  • Marriage(s): Marianila “Nila” Ermey
  • Death-O-Meter: Dead
  • Died: April 15, 2018
  • Cause of Death: Pneumonia
  • Place of Death: Santa Monica, California, U.S.

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