R. Lee Ermey

R. Lee Ermey

  • Highest Rated: 100% Toy Story 2 (1999)
  • Lowest Rated: 9% Man of the House (2005)
  • Birthday: Mar 24, 1944
  • Birthplace: Emporia, Kansas, USA
  • A few character actors make such an indelible impression with one role that they find it consistently impossible to outgrow that image. Anthony Perkins had it with Norman Bates, M. Emmet Walsh has it with Visser (from Blood Simple), and R. Lee Ermey will forever be associated with the sadomasochistic verbal rapist of a drill instructor, Gunnery Sgt. Hartman, from Stanley Kubrick's Vietnam opus, Full Metal Jacket (1987). Though Ermey never again quite matched the intensity of this role (or the gutter-bucket poetic invention of its obscene dialogue), it was enough to give him permanent recognition as a character actor among filmgoers, and to typecast him in a series of variants on that role, again and again, throughout his life.Born on March 24, 1944, in Emporia, KS, Ermey enlisted in the armed forces as a young man and hightailed it to Vietnam on a non-commissioned basis, but injuries forced him to retire from active duty. He received full disability pay and moved to Manila in the early '70s, where he managed to ably support himself on his USAF allotment (thanks to the lower cost of living) while studying for a degree in criminology. Each morning, Ermey visited the coffee shop at the Manila Hilton -- well-reputed as the haunt of American filmmakers shooting on-location in the Philippines -- until one of the directors happened to notice Ermey and asked him to pose for a series of blue jeans ads. This experience led to his film debut, a role as a retired soldier in a local production. By 1976, Ermey had appeared in several Filipino films. He broke into Hollywood films that year, when he slipped onto the set for Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now and convinced Coppola to hire him as a helicopter pilot. Indeed, the ex-officer's Vietnam experience came in handy and Coppola utilized him as a technical advisor. Ermey made his American cinematic debut -- and held to the military-man typecasting -- in Sidney J. Furie's comedy drama The Boys in Company C (1978), and the director's follow-up, Purple Hearts (1984). But his biggest break came shortly thereafter, when Stanley Kubrick -- a notorious tyrant himself -- tapped him to portray Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Full Metal Jacket (1987). Ermey's evocation of the satanically profane, vile, and sadistic Hartman, laden with the thankless, brutal job of toughening up raw recruits before sending them to Vietnam (who eventually gets blown away by one of his trainees) dominates the film's first 45 minutes and provides an unforgettably realistic, disturbing portrait of military training. Thanks to his unique countenance and authoritative voice, Ermey maintained his image as a rough-hewn, tough-as-nails SOB onscreen.Neither Company C or Purple Hearts received substantial critical and public recognition (or a very wide release); in contrast, the broader exposure of Full Metal Jacket (it received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and a National Board of Review nomination for Best Picture) boosted Ermey's prominence -- immeasurably so. He followed it up with spots in such well-received pictures as Alan Parker's racial drama Mississippi Burning (1988) and Abel Ferrara's Body Snatchers (1993). In 1995, Ermey spoofed himself to great effect as the voice of the leader of the little green soldiers in Toy Story, and doubled it up with a turn as the vengeful father of a homicide victim in Tim Robbins' capital punishment drama Dead Man Walking. A third role in that same year -- as the boss of Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt in David Fincher's seminal work Seven -- elicited a positive (if limited) critical and public response for Ermey's portrayal.During the early 2000s, Ermey once again drew on his military expertise and background, albeit in a much different fashion, as host of the small-screen program Mail Call. Episodes featured him answering a series of viewer questions about various aspects of military life and history. In 2003, he returned to his dramatic roots (and managed to top the

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

95% Filmworker Actor 2018
17% The Watch Manfred $34.2M 2012
98% Toy Story 3 Sarge $415M 2010
No Score Yet Lock N Load With R. Lee Ermey Actor 2009
No Score Yet Y.M.I. Actor 2008
No Score Yet Solstice Leonard 2007
13% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Sheriff Hoyt $39.5M 2006
No Score Yet Shark Bait Jack 2006
57% X-Men: The Last Stand Seargant $234.4M 2006
9% Man of the House Capt. Nichols $19.2M 2005
37% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Sheriff Hoyt $80.2M 2003
50% Scenes of the Crime Mr. Parker 2003
64% Willard Mr. Martin $6.8M 2003
64% The Salton Sea Verne Plummer $0.7M 2002
No Score Yet Avalanche Gary 2002
No Score Yet Frank McKlusky, C.I. Jockey Master 2002
71% Run Ronnie Run! Lead Kidnapper 2002
10% Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 Pres. Richard Benson $5.7M 2001
No Score Yet Jericho Marshall 2001
61% Recess: School's Out Colonel O'Malley $34.9M 2001
No Score Yet On the Borderline Capt. Elias 2001
18% Saving Silverman Football Coach $19M 2001
No Score Yet The Chaos Factor Col. Ben Wilder 2000
No Score Yet Skipped Parts Caspar Callahan 2000
No Score Yet Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins Actor 2000
100% Toy Story 2 Sergeant 1999
50% Life Older Sherriff Pike 1999
No Score Yet You Know My Name Nix 1999
No Score Yet The Apartment Complex Frank Stanton 1999
20% Gunshy Jerry 1998
32% Switchback Sheriff Buck Olmstead 1997
No Score Yet Dead Men Can't Dance Sen. Pullman Fowler 1997
59% Prefontaine Bill Bowerman 1997
No Score Yet The Sender Col. Rosewater 1997
No Score Yet Weapons of Mass Distraction Titans' Owner 1997
63% The Frighteners Sgt. Hiles 1996
67% Soul of the Game Wilkie Wilkinson 1996
No Score Yet Chain of Command Benjamin Brewster 1996
95% Dead Man Walking Clyde Percy 1995
100% Toy Story Sergeant 1995
90% Leaving Las Vegas Conventioneer 1995
81% Seven (Se7en) Police Captain 1995
No Score Yet The Rift (La Grieta) Actor 1995
No Score Yet Savate Benedict 1995
No Score Yet Under the Hula Moon Colonel McIntire 1995
50% Murder in the First Judge Clawson 1994
No Score Yet Love Is A Gun Frank Deacon 1994
10% On Deadly Ground Stone 1994
No Score Yet French Silk Chief Crowder 1994
62% Sommersby Dick Mead 1993
71% Body Snatchers General Platt 1993
9% Hexed Ferguson 1993
43% True Identity Houston's Boss (uncredited) 1991
36% Toy Soldiers General Kramer 1991
No Score Yet 83 Hours 'til Dawn Glen Fairling 1990
No Score Yet I'm Dangerous Tonight Actor 1990
No Score Yet Kid Luke 1990
No Score Yet Endless Descent Randall Phillips 1990
No Score Yet The Terror Within II Actor 1990
No Score Yet The Take Weller 1990
37% Fletch Lives Jimmy Lee Farnsworth 1989
No Score Yet The Siege of Firebase Gloria Hafner 1989
No Score Yet Demonstone Col. Joe Haines 1989
87% Mississippi Burning Mayor Tilman 1988
91% Full Metal Jacket Hartman 1987
No Score Yet Purple Hearts Gunny 1984
98% Apocalypse Now Heliocopter Pilot 1979
No Score Yet The Boys in Company C Sgt. Loyce 1978

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

71% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2011
  • 2001
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
Walter Burlock
  • 2010
35% Eleventh Hour
2008-2009
Bob Henson
  • 2008
91% House
2004-2012
John House
  • 2008
  • 2005
No Score Yet Rocket Power
1999-2004
Voice
  • 2003
83% Scrubs
2001-2010
Janitor's Father
  • 2002
93% Action
1999-2000
Titus Titus Scroad
  • 2000
  • 1999
60% Cracker
1997-1999
Lt. Fry
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet Promised Land
1996-1999
Leo Greene
  • 1997
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 1995
74% The X-Files
1993-2018
Rev. Finley
  • 1995
82% Tales from the Crypt
1989-1996
  • 1994
91% The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
1993-1994
Marshal County Brisco Sr.
  • 1993
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
Haskell
  • 1987

QUOTES FROM R. Lee Ermey CHARACTERS

Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
Well here`s something you won`t like, Private Snowball! They don`t serve fried chicken and watermelon down in the mess hall every day!
Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
Well it looks to me like the best part of you ran down the crack of your momma's ass and ended up as a brown stain on the mattress! I think you've been cheated!
Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
What is your major malfunction numbnuts? Didn't mommy and daddy show you enough attention when you were a child?
Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
Didn't mommy and daddy give you enough attention when you were a child?!
Sheriff Hoyt
I smell bullshit.
Hiles
Get back in the goddamn ground,you unorganised grab-asstic gob of teleplasmic shit!
Sheriff Hoyt
A man's home is his fuckin' castle!
Stone
My guy in D.C. tells me that we are not dealing with a student here, we're dealing with the Professor. Any time the military has an operation that can't fail, they call this guy in to train the troops. He's the kind of guy that would drink a gallon of gasoline so he could piss in your campfire! You could drop this guy off at the Arctic Circle wearing a pair of bikini underwear, without his toothbrush, and tomorrow afternoon he's going to show up at your pool side with a million dollar smile and fist full of pesos. This guy's a professional, you got me?
Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
You climb like old people fuck private pile!
Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
If god wanted you up there I am sure he would have miracled your ass up there by now private Pyle@
Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
If god wanted you up there I am sure he would have miracled your ass up there by now, private Pyle.
Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
You like the kind of boy who could suck a golf ball through a garden hose.
Hartman
I bet you could suck a golf ball through a garden hose.
Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
[addressing the Privates] There will be no racial bigotry here! I do not look down on niggers, kikes, wops, or greasers! Here, you are ALL equally useless!
Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
Where are you from, anyway?
Pvt. Cowboy
SIR, TEXAS, SIR!
Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
TEXAS? Holy dogshit! Only steers and queers come from texas!! And you don't much look like a steer to me so that kind of narrows it down. Do you suck dick?
Pvt. Cowboy
SIR, NO, SIR!
Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
I BET YOU'RE THE KIND OF GUY WHO'D FUCK A MAN IN THE ASS AND NOT HAVE THE COMMON COURTESY TO GIVE HIM A REACH-AROUND.
Sergeant
Mrs. Potato Head. Repeat. Mrs. Potato Head.
Sergeant
Potato Head! Repeat, a Mrs. Potato Head!
Mr. Potato Head
Gee I better shave. (Pulls off mustache)
Mr. Potato Head
Gee, I'd better shave! [pulls off mustache]
Buzz Lightyear
Hey Sarge what are you doing?
Sarge
War's over, me and the boys are shipping out!
Buzz Lightyear
You're going AWOL?
Sarge
We've done our duty. Andy's grown up.
Sarge
It has been a honor serving with you good luck folks!
Woody
Sergeant, establish a recon post downstairs. Code Red, You know what to do.
Sergeant
Yes, sir! All right, men You heard him. Code Red! Repeat: we are at Code Red. Recon plan Charlie. Execute! Let's move, move,move, move, move!
Woody
Hey Sarge have you seen Slinky?
Sergeant
Sir, no sir!
Woody
Whoa okay at ease!
Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
You're so ugly you could be a modern art masterpiece!
Manfred
Shut your cocksucker!
Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
Well Any Fucking Time Sweetheart!
Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
Well any fucking time sweetheart!
Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
I want that head so sanitary and squared away that the Virgin Mary herself would be proud to go in there and take a dump.
Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
do you suck dick........ sir no sir bull shit i bet you could suck a golf ball through a garden hose.
Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
Bullshit. I bet you could suck a golfball through a garden hose.
Mayor Tilman
Do you like baseball, do you, Anderson?
Rupert Anderson
Yeah, I do. You know, it's the only time when a black man can wave a stick at a white man and not start a riot.
Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
You little scumbag! I've got your name! I've got your ass! You will not laugh! You will not cry! You will learn by the numbers and I will teach you!
Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
How tall are you, private?
Pvt. Cowboy
Sir, five-foot-nine, sir.
Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
Five-foot-nine, I didn't know they stacked shit that high!
Police Captain
( picks up phone and slams it down) - This isn't even my desk!
Police Captain
[picks up phone and slams it down] This isn't even my desk!
Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
Hell I like you. You can come to my house and fuck my sister.
Sheriff Hoyt
I started to think you like wasting my time blonde. Hurry up! (While Dean puts dead biker lady in front seat).
Sheriff Hoyt
I started to think you like wasting my time blonde. Hurry up! [while Dean puts dead biker lady in front seat]
Sheriff Hoyt
Get her in there God damn it she's deader than a God damn doornail.
Sheriff Hoyt
Lift her up and just kind of pull her over your way there. She ain't gonna bite you. She's deader than a goddamn doornail.
Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
I will give you three seconds, exactly three fucking secinds, to wipe that stupid grin off your face, or I will gouge out your eyeballs and skull-fuck you!
Sheriff Hoyt
People may not remember what we say here tonight, but by God they'll remember what we did.
Sheriff Wintson
(about tom aka Leatherface) - If you raised that retard right...you and me, we ain't taking this drive right now.
Sheriff Wintson
(about tom aka Leatherface) If you raised that retard right...you and me, we ain't taking this drive right now.
Sheriff Hoyt
He ain't retarded, he's misunderstood
Sheriff Hoyt
Come on Tommy, ain't no different than the slaughterhouse. Meat's meat, Bone's bone...Get it done.
Sheriff Hoyt
Come on Tommy, ain't no different than the slaughterhouse. Meat's meat, Bone's bone. Get it done.
Chrissie
(Hoyt finishes saying grace) I have a question for you. It involves the family tree, the lineage, if you will. It's like a system through a table...Do you guys f**k all your cousins, or just the ones you find attractive?
Chrissie
(Hoyt finishes saying grace) I have a question for you. It involves the family tree, the lineage, if you will. It's like a system through a table. Do you guys f**k all your cousins, or just the ones you find attractive?
Sheriff Hoyt
You blasphemous bitch! This is redemption lady, that's what this is! Oh your all gonna pay for your sins, that's right. And especially you!
Sheriff Hoyt
There comes a time, when a boy, becomes a man.
Holden
I'm looking for the girl.
Sheriff Hoyt
The girl? She's right there. (Points to Bailey)
Holden
That's not her.
Sheriff Hoyt
Well if that's not the girl then...oh I don't think you wanna see the other one.
Sheriff Hoyt
Tommy? Tommy? We need you upstairs. Bring your little toy with you.
Luda Mae
What are you gonna do to him?
Sheriff Hoyt
Nothing but a little surgery. Come on now Tommy.
Monty
(Chainsaw revs, Monty's leg is sliced off, the other leg cut in the process) - AAAAAAAAAHH!
Monty
(Chainsaw revs, Monty's leg is sliced off, the other leg cut in the process) AAAAAAAAAHH!
Sheriff Hoyt
Now come on Tommy, that's sloppy work. Fix it up!
Luda Mae
No...No!
Monty
(Hoyt cuts off other leg clean) - AAAAAAAAAAHH!
Monty
(Hoyt cuts off other leg clean) AAAAAAAAAAHH!
Luda Mae
What on earth did you do that for?!
Sheriff Hoyt
...Balance.
Sheriff Hoyt
Balance.
Sheriff Hoyt
Get her in there! I think you like wasting my time blondie!
Luda Mae
(seeing baby Leatherface for the first time) - Isn't he beautiful?
Luda Mae
(seeing baby Leatherface for the first time) Isn't he beautiful?
Sheriff Hoyt
That's the ugliest thing I ever saw.
Sheriff Hoyt
My money says he ain't going nowhere!
Sheriff Hoyt
(to Eric) - You don't like playing with me anymore 'cause I'm a pus*y, that's what you said. Well my nephew Tommy ain't no pus*y, maybe you wanna play with him for a little while.
Sheriff Hoyt
(to Eric) You don't like playing with me anymore 'cause I'm a pus*y, that's what you said. Well my nephew Tommy ain't no pus*y, maybe you wanna play with him for a little while.
Chrissie
Why are you doing this?
Sheriff Hoyt
No talking until I've said grace, a**hole.
Sheriff Hoyt
(after shooting the sheriff of a small town) - Damn, I just killed the entire police department!
Sheriff Hoyt
(after shooting the sheriff of a small town) Damn, I just killed the entire police department!
Sheriff Hoyt
We're on our own tonight people...and alone, we shall rise above it all!
Sheriff Hoyt
We're on our own tonight people and alone, we shall rise above it all!
Sheriff Hoyt
As long as we stick together there ain't nothing we can't handle!
Sheriff Hoyt
(after seeing Leatherface with a mask for the first time) - I like your new face.
Sheriff Hoyt
(after seeing Leatherface with a mask for the first time) I like your new face.
Sheriff Hoyt
See whatcha did boy?
Erin Hardesty
What's wrong with you fu**ing people?
Sheriff Hoyt
(smiles) - Nothing wrong with us.
Sheriff Hoyt
(smiles) Nothing wrong with us.
Sheriff Hoyt
You kids shouldn't have messed with that little girl.
Sheriff Hoyt
(talking to Morgan; who's in the back seat of the cop car) - Where was y'all headed?
Sheriff Hoyt
(talking to Morgan; who's in the back seat of the cop car) Where was y'all headed?
Morgan
Dallas...for a Skynyrd concert.
Morgan
Dallas, for a Skynyrd concert.
Sheriff Hoyt
Skynyrd? Hell, i like Skynyrd. By god, how about that? We got something in common, don't we? Ha-ha-ha...Well, what are you gonna do with your tickets now, hot shot?
Sheriff Hoyt
Skynyrd? Hell, I like Skynyrd. By god, how about that? We got something in common, don't we? Ha-ha-ha. Well, what are you gonna do with your tickets now, hot shot?
Morgan
You can have them.
Sheriff Hoyt
Is that bribery? (Smashes Morgan in the face with a glass bottle; breaking his teeth) Oh, that was really rude, wasn't it? Oh, look at you. How about that? Look at that shit. (The Sheriff pulls out his fake teeth) We got something else in common now. Ha-ha-ha...
Sheriff Hoyt
Is that bribery? (Smashes Morgan in the face with a glass bottle; breaking his teeth) Oh, that was really rude, wasn't it? Oh, look at you. How about that? Look at that shit. (The Sheriff pulls out his fake teeth) We got something else in common now. Ha-ha-ha.
Sheriff Hoyt
(talking to Morgan) - You ain't lying to me again, are you? - Because i have never seen a weapon go off without somebody's finger on the fu**ing trigger.
Sheriff Hoyt
(talking to Morgan) You ain't lying to me again, are you? Because I have never seen a weapon go off without somebody's finger on the fu**ing trigger.
Sheriff Hoyt
Now we're getting someplace...Who's killing who?!
Sheriff Hoyt
Now we're getting someplace. Who's killing who?!
Sheriff Hoyt
[sniff-sniff-sniff] I smell bullsh*t.
Sheriff Hoyt
Protect and serve. That's what we do.
Sheriff Hoyt
(talking to Morgan and Andy as they're putting the dead girl in the backseat of the cop car) - Hey! Get that nasty goddamn thing out of the back seat of my goddamn car! Put it in the trunk. What the hell's the matter with you? - ...Don't break...Don't break my stuff.
Sheriff Hoyt
(talking to Morgan and Andy as they're putting the dead girl in the backseat of the cop car) Hey! Get that nasty goddamn thing out of the back seat of my goddamn car! Put it in the trunk. What the hell's the matter with you? Don't break. Don't break my stuff.
Sheriff Hoyt
(about the dead girl in the van) - I bet she's real unhappy, real sorry that you're getting fu**ing her blood all over your goddamn arm. You know, back when i was a young patrolman, i used to love wrapping up these young honies.
Sheriff Hoyt
(about the dead girl in the van) I bet she's real unhappy, real sorry that you're getting fu**ing her blood all over your goddamn arm. You know, back when i was a young patrolman, i used to love wrapping up these young honies.
Andy
Yeah, i bet you did.
Sheriff Hoyt
Yeah, cop me a little bit of a feel every now and then, you know...Oh, look at that. She's kind of wet down there. What you boys been doing with this dead body anyway?
Sheriff Hoyt
(about removing the dead girl from the van) - How about giving me a hand here, a**hole? You don't expect me to do this by myself?
Sheriff Hoyt
(about removing the dead girl from the van) How about giving me a hand here, a**hole? You don't expect me to do this by myself?
Sheriff Hoyt
Now, it's just an educated guess, but my money says your dead body is right there in that van.
Gunnery Sgt. Hartman
What is your major malfunction?