R. Lee Ermey

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R. Lee Ermey (1944-2018) holds a Remington 870 shotgun as Manfred in The Watch (2012).
R. Lee Ermey shows off his favorite gun, the Browning Automatic Rifle, on the show Mail Call (2003).

Ronald "R." Lee Ermey (1944-2018) was an American actor/television host who was perhaps best known for his portrayal of Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in the 1987 Stanley Kubrick Vietnam War film Full Metal Jacket, a role for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Prior to his acting career, Ermey had served in the US Marine Corps from 1961 to 1972, including 14 months in Vietnam. While he retired as a Staff Sergeant, Ermey was honorarily promoted to Gunnery Sergeant in 2002. Prior to Full Metal Jacket, Ermey had already had speaking roles in several Vietnam War films including Apocalypse Now, Purple Hearts, and The Boys in Company C. While he made a career out of playing military characters (as in The Siege of Firebase Gloria and The Frighteners) throughout the ensuing decades, Ermey also appeared in such films as Mississippi Burning, Seven, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), and The Watch in addition to lending his voice to such productions as the Toy Story trilogy and two episodes of The Simpsons. His popularity would also lead him to host two popular History Channel series: Mail Call and Lock 'n Load With R. Lee Ermey. On April 15th, 2018, Ermey passed away at the age of 74 due to complications from pneumonia.

R. Lee Ermey can be seen using the following weapons in the following films and television series:

Film

Gun Character Title Note Date
M14 Gunny Purple Hearts 1984
M14 Gunnery Sergeant Hartman Full Metal Jacket 1987
M16A1 Sgt. Maj. Bill Hafner The Siege of Firebase Gloria 1989
M79 Grenade Launcher
Norinco Type 56
Browning M2
Benelli M3 Super 90 Stone On Deadly Ground 1994
M60 machine gun Sgt. Hiles The Frighteners dual-wielded 1996
Ruger Vaquero Sheriff Hoyt The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003
Smith & Wesson Model 19
Winchester Model 12 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning 2006
Sawn Off Double Barrel Shotgun
Ruger Vaquero
Remington 870 Manfred The Watch 2012

Television

Gun Character Title Note/Episode Date
Colt Python Det. Sgt. Ernest Haskell Miami Vice "The Rising Sun of Death" 1987
Single Action Army Brisco County, Sr. The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. custom engraved ivory grips 1993
M1 Garand Himself Mail Call 2002-2009
Norinco Type 56-1
M16A2
M203 grenade launcher
M79 grenade launcher
XM29 Objective Individual Combat Weapon (OICW)
Mk 2 hand grenade
M67 hand grenade
M1 Bazooka
M20A1 "Super Bazooka"
Browning Automatic Rifle
Lewis Gun
Springfield 1861
Browning M2HB
FN M240G
FN M240C
M1A1 Carbine
M1928A1 Thompson
MP40
Bren gun
FP-45 Liberator
Boys anti-tank rifle
Krag-Jørgensen Model 1896
LeMat 1861
M3 "Grease Gun"
Winchester Model 1897
M14 Rifle
Browning M1917
Kentucky Flintlock Rifle
Flintlock Pistol
Matchlock Musket
Wheellock Musket
FN Mk 48 Mod 0
Heckler & Koch MP5A5
Glock 18C
Sturmgewehr 44
Spencer 1860 Carbine
Heckler & Koch XM8
Nambu Type 92
M20 Super Bazooka
IMI Galil
M60 Machine Gun Lock 'n Load With R. Lee Ermey 2009
Browning M1917
Browning M2HB
FN GAU-21 Aircraft
MG42
GE M134 Minigun
Colt 1890 Gatling Gun
Maxim
Chauchat
M16
AKM
Brown Bess Flintlock Musket
Kentucky Flintlock Rifle
Springfield 1861
Remington 1858 ("Cattleman's Carbine")
Dreyse Needle Gun
Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III
M1903 Springfield
M1 Garand
Winchester Model 1876
Winchester 1886
Springfield Trapdoor
M14
Barrett M99
M1928 Thompson
MP40
IMI Mini Uzi
IMI Micro Uzi
Colt New Army & Navy
Single Action Army
Glock 18C
Ruger Blackhawk
Beretta M9
Smith & Wesson Model 500
Flintlock Pistol
Matchlock Pistol
Wheellock Pistol
Percussion Cap Pistol
Colt Patterson 1836
Colt 1860 Army
Colt M1911
Smith & Wesson Model 629
Blunderbuss
Wells Fargo double barrel Coach shotgun
Browning Auto-5
Mossberg 590
AA-12 CQB
Remington 870
Benelli M1

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