R. Lee Ermey was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday.
Best known for his iconic role as the Marine Corps drill instructor Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in the war drama Full Metal Jacket Ermey died April 15, 2018 at age 74 due to complications from pneumonia, Task & Purpose previously reported.
A Vietnam War veteran and former Marine drill instructor, Ermey leveraged his military experience to pursue a career as an actor and technical adviser, who racked up more than 60 film and television credits, while still making time to support active duty service members deployed overseas.
Though his screen roles included a few " kid friendly "performances like his green army man, Sarge, in Toy Story, it was Ermey's knack for cutting loose with a string of profanity that bordered on poetic that so captured the image of the hard-as- nails Marine Corps drill instructor.
Here are five of R. Lee Ermey's greatest rants, speeches, and quotes.
Also from Full Metal Jacket, if you've stepped on the yellow footprints, you'll likely remember at least one drill instructor doing their best to act as the legendary's colorful is chewings, though none will ever be quite as good as this one:
"You little scumbag! I got your name! I got your ass! You will not laugh! get up! Get on your feet! You had the best of yourself, or I will scrub your head! "
On constructive criticism
In a 2010 advertisement for Geico, Ermey plays a therapist who gives some sage advice to his client.
"You know what makes me sad? Maybe you should chug on over to namby-pamby country, where maybe we can find some self confidence for you, ya jackwagon!" Ermey says in the ad spot, before flinging a box of tissues to his client. Unorthodox, acidic. Funny as hell? Also, yes.
Though Ermey's run as Geico's drill-sergeant-therapist was short-lived, apparently owing to being let go of the job after his public criticism of the Obama administration, it possible that he may have missed his calling in life.
During a History Channel special in 2001, Ermey discussed his time training Marine Corps recruits during the height of the Vietnam War. In the interview, light on a fundamental truth about Marine Corps's recruitment training: Your drill instructors are pretty much rage-filled stand-up comics.
"I'm a firm believer in the greatest instructors in the Marine Corps today and or yesteryear have always been just damn near stand-up comedians, "he said in the segment.
And there's a lot of truth, just think about all the times you were told to do something totally bizarre, like hop across the squad bay saying "ribbit ribbit" because you decided to play around with the green cammie paint and the DI thought you looked like a frog. No? Okay, me either …
Another observation Ermey made during that History Channel interview is that no matter what they've seen before him or her.
"I could have a private who can do nine pull-ups and when I'm through talking to him, he can do 12. Why? Because I've intimidated this private so severely that I've convinced him that he can do 12 or he's going to die. That's why. "
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