Thousands voted in our March Military Character Madness competition and R. Lee Ermey was the champion! Help us salute the legendary actor on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at the Angelika Film Center for being this year’s Memorable Military Movie Character winner!
As a Golden Globe nominee and Boston Society of Film Critics Award-winner for Best Supporting Actor in director Stanley Kubrick’s “Full Metal Jacket (1987)”, R. Lee Ermey is one of the most successful and talented actors working in film and television today.
His numerous roles in feature film include: “Switchback (1997)”, starring opposite Dennis Quaid and Danny Glover, “Seven (1995)”, “Leaving Las Vegas (1995)”, “Murder In The First (1995)”, “Life (1999)”, “The Frighteners (1996)” and “Sommersby (1993)” as well as his critically acclaimed role opposite Jared Leto in “Prefontaine (1997)”. He continues doing numerous voiceover roles which span from “The Simpsons” to “Toy Story (1995)”, “Toy Story 2 (1999)” and “Toy Story 3 (2010)”
Ermey spent eleven years in the Marine Corps, Two of which were spent as being a Drill Instructor at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, India Company 3rd Recruit Training Battalion 1965-67, Arrived in Vietnam in 1968 spending 14 months attached to Marine Wing Support Group 17 and 2 tours in Okinawa. He rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant and was medically retired for injuries received. On May 17, 2002 he received an honorary promotion to Gunnery Sergeant (E-7) by Commandant James L. Jones, becoming the first retiree in the history of the Marines to be promoted. Using G.I. Bill benefits, Ermey enrolled at the University of Manila in the Philippines, where he studied drama. Francis Ford Coppola was filming “Apocalypse Now (1979)” in the area and cast Ermey in a featured role. He has since gone on to star or appear in approximately sixty films.
He has hosted two programs on the History Channel: Mail Call, in which he answered viewers’ questions about various militaria both modern and historic; and Lock N’ Load with R. Lee Ermey, which focused on the development of different types of weapons.
The presentation will be part of the “Best of Fest” Awards Show and Film Screening. Other featured guests will include the GIs of Comedy.
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