March 24, 1944 – April 15, 2018 (age 74)
Cause of Death: Complications related to pneumonia

On Sunday, the world said goodbye to actor R. Lee Ermey.  Not always an actor, Ermey got his start as a United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and an honorary gunnery sergeant. During his tenure in the U.S. Marine Corps, he served as a drill instructor, which would lead to many of his successes in film and television. The second film Ermey ever starred in was Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” (1979) at the age of 34 as a helicopter pilot. Less than a decade later, he would land his most famous role as Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket” (1987) where his previous life as a drill instructor landed him the role and allowed him to improvise, which was unheard of for a Kubrick set. Another touchstone role in his career was of the police captain in David Fincher’s “Se7en” (1995). The later part of his career would be known mostly for comedic roles, like his memorable role in “Saving Silverman” (2001) and his last screen credit in “The Watch” (2012). He also lent his voice to many animated series including “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy.” But for me, R. Lee Ermey will always be the voice of the little green Army man Sarge in all three of the “Toy Story” films. The fact that “Toy Story 4” was just around the corner makes his passing that much harder. Although he will truly be missed, his legacy will live on forever.


1978 The Boys in Company C
Sgt. Loyce
1979 Apocalypse Now
Eagle Thrust Seven Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
1979 Up from the Depths
1984 Purple Hearts Gunny
1987 Full Metal Jacket
Gny. Sgt. Hartman
1988 Mississippi Burning
Mayor Tilman
1989 The Siege of Firebase Gloria
Bill Hafner
1989 Fletch Lives
Jimmy Lee Farnsworth
1990 Deathstone
Col. Joe Haines
1990 The Rift
Capt. Phillips
1990 Kid Luke
1991 The Terror Within II
Von Demming
1991 Toy Soldiers
General Kramer
1991 True Identity
Houston’s Boss
1993 Hexed
Det. Ferguson
1993 Summersby
Dick Mead
1993 Body Snatchers
General Platt
1994 Chain Of Command
Benjamin Brewster
1994 On Deadly Ground
1994 Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
Mess Hall Guard (uncredited)
1994 Love Is A Gun
Frank Deacon
1995 Murder In The First
Judge Clawson
1995 Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back Preacher Brian (uncredited)
1995 Se7en
Police Captain
1995 Leaving Las Vegas
1995 Under The Hula Moon
Lt. Col. J. P. McIntire
1995 Toy Story
Sarge (voice)
1995 Dead Man Walking
Clyde Percy
1996 The Frighteners
Sgt. Hiles
1997 Prefontaine Bill Bowerman
1997 Dead Men Can’t Dance
Sen. Pullman T. Fowler
1997 Switchback Sheriff Buck Olmstead
1997 Starship Troopers
Voice on speaker (uncredited)
1998 The Sender
Colonel Rosewater
1998 Gunshy
1999 Life
Older Sheriff Pike
1999 Avalanche Gary
1999 Toy Story 2
 Sarge (voice)
2000 The Chaos Factor
 Col. Ben Wilder
2000 Skipped Parts
 Caspar Callahan
2000 Jericho
2001 Saving Silverman
2001 Recess: School’s Out
Colonel O’Malley
2001 Megiddo: The Omega Code 2
President Richard Benson
2001 Scenes of the Crime
Mr. Parker
2001 Taking Sides
General Wallace
2001 On The Borderline
Capt. Elias
2002 Run Ronnie Run
Lead Kidnapper
2002 The Salton Sea
Verne Plummer
2002 Frank McKlusky, C.I.
Jockey Master (uncredited)
2002 Birdseye
Sheriff Gathers
2003 Willard
Mr. Martin
2003 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Sheriff Hoyt
2004 Y.M.I. John
2005 Man Of The House
Captain Nichols
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand
Sergeant (voice)
2006 Shark Bait
Jack (voice)
2006 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Uncle Charlie Hewitt / Sheriff Hoyt
2008 Solstice
2010 Toy Story 3
Sarge (voice)
2012 The Watch


1987 Miami Vice
Det. Sgt. Ernest Haskell Episode: “The Rising Sun Of Death”
1989 China Beach
Colonel Buster Darling Episode: “Who’s Happy Now?”
1990 The Take Weller Television movie
1990 I’m Dangerous Tonight Lt. Ackman Television movie
1990 83 Hours ‘Til Dawn Glen Fairling Television movie
1992 Human Target
General Ferris Episode: “Second Chance”
1992 Civil Wars
General Randall Bell Episode: “Das Boat House”
1992 Street Justice
Special Agent Landau Episode: “Innocent Blood”
1993 The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. Brisco County Sr. 2 Episodes
1994 French Silk
Chief Crowder Television movie
1994 Rise and Walk: The Dennis Byrd Story Mr. Byrd (uncredited) Television movie
1994 Tales from the Crypt Sheriff Episode: “Staired In Horror”
1995 Sweet Justice
Luke Episode: “Bloodlines”
1995 Space: Above and Beyond Sergeant Major Bougus Episode: “Pilot”
1995 The X-Files Reverend Patrick Findley Episode: “Revelations”
1995-2015 The Simpsons Colonel Leslie Hapablap (voice) 2 Episodes
1996 Toy Story Treats (short) Sarge (voice) Television short
1996 High Incident
Tony Van Camp Episode: “Til Death Do Us Part”
1996 Soul of the Game Wilkie Television movie
1997 Rough Riders
Secretary of State John Hay 2 Episodes (mini-series)
1997 Weapons of Mass Distraction Billy Paxton Television movie
1997 Promised Land
Leo C. Greene 2 Episodes
1997 The Angry Beavers
Sergeant Goonther (voice) Episode: “H-2 Whoa/Fancy Prance”
1997-1999 Cracker: Mind Over Murder Lieutenant Fry 13 Episodes
1998 All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series
Sergeant Yorkie (voice) Episode: “Dogfaces”
1998 Maximum Bob
Col. Theodore Baker Episode: “Wandalust”
1999 You Know My Name Marshal Nix Television movie
1999 The Apartment Complex
 Frank Stanton  Television movie
1999-2000 Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles Sky Marshall Sanchez 4 Episodes
1999-2000 Action Titus Scroad 4 Episodes
1999-2001 Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot General Thornton
26 Episodes
2000 Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins Sarge (voice) Video
2001 The District
Jim Bodsworth Episode: “New World”
2001 This Week in History
 n/a 2 Episodes
2001-2011 Family Guy
Warden / Coach (voice) 2 Episodes
2002 Scrubs Janitor’s Father Episode: “My Old Man”
2002 Invader ZIM
Sergeant Hobo 678 (voice)  Episode: “HOBO 13/Walk for Your Lives”
2003 Rocket Power
Madison (voice)  Episode: “Cinco de Twisto/Saving Lt. Ryan”
2003 Fillmore!
Colonel Thrift   Episode: “South of Friendship, North of Honor”
2003 Kim Possible
General Sims (voice) 2 Episodes
2004 The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Drill Sergeant (voice) Episode: “Bully Boogie/Here Thar Be Dwarves”
2004 Father of the Pride Bunny (voice) Episode: “One Man’s Meat Is Another Man’s Girlfriend”
2005 My Life as a Teenage Robot
Sarge (voice) Episode: “Last Action Zero/Mind Over Matter”
2005-2008 House
John House 2 Episodes
2007 SpongeBob SquarePants Warden (voice) Episode: “The Inmates of Summer/To Save a Squirrel”
2008 Eleventh Hour
Bob Henson Episode: “Agro”
2009-2011 Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Wildcat (voice) 4 Episodes
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Walter Burlock Episode: “Trophy”
2012-2015 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness General Tsin (voice)
3 Episodes

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