It takes a certain kind of man to be a successful u.s. Marine drill instructor. It seems to come naturally to some men.
And one of them turned it into a successful acting career.
R. Lee Ermey was nominated for a Golden Globe for his work in the 1987 film “Full Metal Jacket.”
He went on to play tough, rugged authority figures in a number of other movies — even “Toy Story.”
In 2002 the History Channel came calling, and made Ermey the star of the show “Mail Call, which quickly became the network’s most popular show.”
It was in the middle of that show’s seven-year run that I met R. Lee Ermey, when he came out with a book based on the series.
And no need to cover your ears. This interview is G-rated.
So here now, from 2005, R. Lee Ermey.
R. Lee Ermey died in 2018. He was 74.
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