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Ronald Lee Ermey, known better as R. Lee Ermey, was a Marine drill instructor who gained fame as an actor, specifically as Gunnery Sergeant Hartmann in the movie Full Metal Jacket. Serving as a drill instructor and a tour in he Vietnam War, he was medically discharged as a Staff Sergeant in 1972, but later received an honorary promotion in 2002 to Gunnery Sergeant. He is well known for his acting roles in Mississippi Burning, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as the host for Mail Call, as well as numerous other appearances in films, television shows, advertisements, and video games.


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