My most humble apologies for the lateness of this post; I was out of town over the weekend, having been unexpectedly called away, and was unable to put anything here on The Takedown when the news broke of R. Lee Ermey’s unexpected death.
R. Lee Ermey died this past Sunday from complications of pneumonia. He was 74. Known to most as “The Gunny,” he was a patriot and a veteran, having served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam conflict. He was an avid supporter of Toys for Tots, as well – that alone makes him an ace in MY book. Most remember him from his role as the sadistic drill instructor in “Full Metal Jacket,” but I remember him most fondly from his roles in such shows as Mail Call, Lock N’ Load, and Gunny Time.
He believed in our country, right AND wrong, and believed that despite its faults, it was still the greatest country in the world – and I agree with him. This quote, taken from a tribute to him found here, says it best, I believe:
“Most actors in Hollywood seem preoccupied with fitting a mold, of being liked. Ermey seemed to simply be R. Lee Ermey, and if anyone didn’t like it, tough. At the same time, though, it doesn’t seem like he went out of his way to offend, either. He simply was.”
Semper Fi, Gunny. May you have been ready when your time came, and found peace with God when you stepped into eternity.
In honor of him, I present this video of a GEICO commercial with the Gunny as a therapist – one that makes me laugh every time I see it. God bless, my friends.