Sad to hear. RIP Gunny. Loved your work!
"A Kansas native, Ermey enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1961 at age 17. He served for 11 years, including 14 months in Vietnam, before he was discharged in 1972. He served as a technical adviser in Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 Vietnam War epic, "Apocalypse Now," in which he also had a small role as a helicopter pilot.
But Ermey didn't get his big break until eight years later, in Kubrick's own take on Vietnam. He was originally supposed to be a technical adviser, but Kubrick offered him the role of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman after seeing a demo tape of Ermey railing at extras while tennis balls flew at him."
Then of course from Full Metal Jacket,
"Were you born a fat, slimy, scumbag puke piece of s---," Private Pyle, or did you have to work on it?"
MM3: CVN-70 USS Carl Vinson