Posted on April 16, 2018
Ermey’s manager, Bill Rogin, said he died on Sunday morning from pneumonia-related complications. He was 74. The Kansas-born actor was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his performance in Full Metal Jacket, in which he uttered memorable lines such as: “What is your major malfunction?” Kubrick told Rolling Stone that 50% of Ermey’s dialogue in the 1987 film was his own. “In the course of hiring the marine recruits, we interviewed hundreds of guys. We lined them all up and did an improvisation of the first meeting with the drill instructor. They didn’t know what he was going to say, and we could see how they reacted. Lee came up with, I don’t know, 150 pages of insults,” Kubrick said.