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R. Lee Ermey

R. Lee Ermey, a Golden Globe nominee and Boston Society of Film Critics Award Winner for Best Supporting Actor in director Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, is one of the most successful and talented actors in film and television today. His numerous film credits include Switchback, starring opposite Dennis Quaid and Danny Glover, Dead Man Walking, Seven, Leaving Las Vegas, Murder In The First, Life, The Frighteners, Sommersby, as well as his critically acclaimed role opposite Jared Leto in Prefontaine. He continues doing numerous voice-over roles which span from The Simpsons to Toy Story (1 and 2).

Ermey served 11 years doing active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps. He rose to the rank of staff NCO, served two years as a drill instructor, and performed a tour of duty in Vietnam. Medically retired in 1971, he used his G.I. Bill benefits to enroll at the University of Manila in the Philippines where he studied drama; Francis Ford Coppola was filming Apocalypse Now in the area and cast Ermey in a featured role. He has since gone on to star or appear in approximately sixty films.

Ermey starred with Elizabeth Pena in the feature On the Borderline. Just before that, Lee was in the feature film Skipped Parts, with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Drew Barrymore. Lee most recently starred in Saving Silverman, with Jason Biggs, Jack Black, Steve Zahn and Amanda Peet. And, soon to be released, Ermey appears opposite Jeff Bridges in Scenes of the Crime and Harvey Keitel in Taking Sides.

Ermey is no stranger to prestigious television either. He has starred in numerous telefilms, including HBO's Weapons of Mass Distraction, TNT's The Rough Riders, TNT's You Know My Name starring Sam Elliot, as well as Showtime's The Apartment Complex. He also had a recurring role on FOX's critically acclaimed Action, starring Jay Mohr and Illeana Douglas. He can currently be seen hosting Mail Call, his own talk show for the History Channel.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

R. Lee Ermey Facts

Birth NameRonald Lee Ermey
BirthdayMarch 24, 1944 (79)
BirthplaceEmporia, Kansas, USA
Height6' (1m83)  How tall is R. Lee Ermey compared to you?

Selected Filmography

Toy Story
Toy Story 2
X-Men: The Last Stand
On Deadly Ground
Apocalypse Now
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
You Know My Name
Apocalypse Now Redux
Mississippi Burning
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