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R. Lee Ermey, Marine, veteran actor and firearms spokesman, is dead.

R. Lee Ermey, a Golden Globe-nominated actor best known for his role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, has died.

Ermey, whose nickname was “The Gunny,” died Sunday morning from complications of pneumonia. He was 74.

The news was announced via his official twitter account by his longtime manager, Bill Rogin, who wrote: “It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey (“The Gunny”) passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia. He will be greatly missed by all of us. Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed.”

I have this odd knack for meeting really cool people. I met Mr. Ermey at the Glock showcase during the 2011 NRA National Convention (which was a whole lot more fun than sitting through the usual legal panel, sorry guys…). Off screen I only knew him for two minutes. But I could tell he was the real deal, a really swell guy.

He will be greatly missed.

You know, he was always lurking around the funniest places:

Lotta Glock time. Glock/YouTube.

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Ermey/Twitter.

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