R Lee Ermey

Actor, Technical advisor, Screenwriter
Intense middle-aged character player of film and TV who convinces as macho military hard-asses and tough cops (more often than not gone bad). Ermey made an indelible impression as the demanding and brutally derisive ... Read more »
Born: 03/23/1944 in Emporia, Kansas, USA

Filmography

Actor (88)

The Simpsons 1995, 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Watch 2012 (Movie)

Manfred (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Toy Story 3 2010 (Movie)

Sarge (Voice)

Batman: The Brave and the Bold 2009 (Tv Show)

Voice

Civil Wars 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1997, 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

High Incident 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1996, 2004 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lock N' Load 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Host

Machete Maidens Unleashed! 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Promised Land 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1997, 2004 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Raven 1992 - 1993, 2004 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

SpongeBob SquarePants 2004 - 2005, 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Voice

The District 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1997, 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1992 - 1993, 1995 - 1997, 2000 - 2001, 2004 - 2005, 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Eleventh Hour 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

House 2005, 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning 2006 (Movie)

Sheriff Hoyt (Actor)

X-Men: The Last Stand 2006 (Movie)

Sergeant (Actor)

Man of the House 2005 (Movie)

Captain Nichols (Actor)

Father of the Pride 2004 (Tv Show)

Voice

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003 (Tv Show)

Guest

Scenes of the Crime 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Taking Sides 2003 (Movie)

General Wallace (Actor)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003 (Movie)

Sheriff Hoyt (Actor)

Willard 2003 (Movie)

Frank Martin (Actor)

Scrubs 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Salton Sea 2002 (Movie)

Verne Plummer (Actor)

Family Guy 2001 (Tv Show)

Voice

Megiddo: Omega Code 2 2001 (Movie)

President Richard Benson (Actor)

Recess: School's Out 2001 (Movie)

of Colonel O'Malley (Voice)

Run, Ronnie, Run 2001 (Movie)

Lead Kidnapper (Actor)

Saving Silverman 2001 (Movie)

Coach (Actor)

Skipped Parts 2001 (Movie)

Casper Callahan (Actor)

Y.M.I. 2001 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Action 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Jericho 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

On the Borderline 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Chaos Factor 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Life 1999 (Movie)

Older Sheriff Pike (Actor)

Toy Story 2 1999 (Movie)

Voice of Sarge (Actor)

Cracker 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Maximum Bob 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sender 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Dead Men Can't Dance 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Going West in America 1997 (Movie)

Sheriff Buck Olmstead (Actor)

Prefontaine 1997 (Movie)

Bill Bowerman (Actor)

Space: Above and Beyond 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The Frighteners 1996 (Movie)

Hiles (Actor)

Dead Man Walking 1995 (Movie)

Clyde Percy (Actor)

Leaving Las Vegas 1995 (Movie)

Conventioneer (Actor)

Murder in the First 1995 (Movie)

Judge Clawson (Actor)

Seven 1995 (Movie)

Police Captain (Actor)

Staired in Horror 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Justice 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Toy Story 1995 (Movie)

Voice of Sergeant (Actor)

Under the Hula Moon 1995 (Movie)

Marine Lieutenant (Actor)

Body Snatchers 1994 (Movie)

General Platt (Actor)

Love Is a Gun 1994 (Movie)

Frank Deacon (Actor)

On Deadly Ground 1994 (Movie)

Stone (Actor)

The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Chain of Command 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hexed 1993 (Movie)

Detective Ferguson (Actor)

Sommersby 1993 (Movie)

Dick Mead (Actor)

The Terror Within II 1991 (Movie)

Von Demming (Actor)

Toy Soldiers 1991 (Movie)

General Kramer (Actor)

Demonstone 1990 (Movie)

Major Joe Haines (Actor)

I'm Dangerous Tonight 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Kid 1990 (Movie)

Luke Clanton (Actor)

La Grieta 1990 (Movie)

Captain Randall Phillips (Actor)

The Take 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Fletch Lives 1989 (Movie)

Jimmy Lee Farnsworth (Actor)

The Siege of Firebase Gloria 1989 (Movie)

Sergeant Hafner (Actor)

Mississippi Burning 1988 (Movie)

Mayor Tilman (Actor)

Full Metal Jacket 1987 (Movie)

Gny. Sgt. Hartman (Actor)

Purple Hearts 1984 (Movie)

Gunny (Actor)

The Boys in Company C 1978 (Movie)

Sergeant Loyce (Actor)

83 Hours 'Til Dawn (TV Show)

Actor

Avalanche (TV Show)

Actor

French Silk (TV Show)

Actor

Gunshy (TV Show)

Actor

Rough Riders (TV Show)

Actor

Soul of the Game (TV Show)

Actor

The Apartment Complex (TV Show)

Actor

Weapons of Mass Distraction (TV Show)

Actor

You Know My Name (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

The Siege of Firebase Gloria 1989 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))
Other (1)

Full Metal Jacket 1987 (Movie)

(Technical Advisor)

Biography

Intense middle-aged character player of film and TV who convinces as macho military hard-asses and tough cops (more often than not gone bad). Ermey made an indelible impression as the demanding and brutally derisive Marine drill sergeant in the basic training sequence of Stanley Kubrick's chilling Vietnam drama, "Full Metal Jacket" (1987). His earlier career as a Marine Staff Non-Commissioned Officer serving in Vietnam lent powerful authority to his performance.

Relationships

Nila Ermey

Wife
married c. 1976

EDUCATION

studied criminology in a college in Manilla, Philippines on the G.I. Bill in 1976; often met Hollywood filmmakers in the coffee shop of the Manila Hilton

Milestones

2006

Reprised role of Sheriff Hoyt in the prequel "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning"

2003

Co-starred as Mr. Martin in "Willard"

2003

Featured in the horror remake "Texas Chainsaw Massacre"

2001

Cast as a football coach in "Saving Silverman"

1999

Provided the voice of Sarge in "Toy Story 2"

1999

Played featured role in "Life"

1997

Portrayed coach Bill Bowerman in "Prefontaine"

1997

Featured on the ABC drama series "Cracker"

1993

Appeared in the recurring role of Brisco County Sr, on "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr."

1990

TV-movie debut, as a corrupt cop in "The Take" on USA

1989

First writing credit, additional dialogue for "The Siege of Firebase Gloria"

1988

First credit as R Lee Ermey, playing the mayor in "Mississippi Burning"

1987

Acclaimed for his portrayal of Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket" (also served as technical advisor)

1977

First released feature as an actor and technical advisor (as Lee Ermey), "The Boys of Company C"

1976

First work on an American feature, played a helicopter pilot and served as a technical advisor on Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" (released 1979)

Made feature debut in a local Tagalog-language movie

Appeared in 4-5 Filipino movies over a three-year period

Frequented the coffee shop of the Manila Hilton where many Hollywood filmmakers would congregate during breaks in location shooting

Hired to model blue jeans in TV commercials

Approached Ken Metcalf, the only American casting director in The Philippines in that period, about getting on the set of Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocolypse Now"

Attended college in Manila on the G.I. Bill; studied criminology

Served in Vietnam as a Marine staff non-commissioned officer

Medically retired from active duty as the result of injuries

Moved to Manila in The Philippines

Appeared in other ads with a macho flavor

Bonus Trivia

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Served as a Marine staff non-commissioned officer in the 1st Marine Division in I Corps, north of Danang, Vietnam

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