R. Lee Ermey

Biography: Ronald Lee Ermey, better known as R. Lee Ermey, was born on March 24, 1944 in Emporia, Kansas and is a retired US Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant and actor. He is best known for his roles as strict and stern authority figures. Ermey enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1961. He served a drill instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California, and Parris Island, South Carolina from 1965 to 1967. In 1968 Ermey served 14 months in Vietnam as a member of Marine Wing Support Group 17. After his time in Vietnam he served two tours of duty in Okinawa, Japan and was medically discharged in 1972. Ermey's first acting role came in 1978 when he appeared in The Boys in Company "C"; since then he appeared in two other war films, Apocalypse Now and Purple Hearts. His breakout role came when he appeared as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket in 1987, a performance that was not only written, edited and improvised by Ermey but also gained him a nomination for a Golden Globe. Other notable roles include Mayor Tilman in Mississippi Burning and Sarge "Sergeant" in the Toy Story franchise. Ermey hosted two shows on the History channel, Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey and Mail Call, as well as voice acting roles on shows such as Invader Zim and Family Guy. He is married to Nila Ermey and has four children with her. She is his only wife.


R. Lee Ermey's Scores

Average career score: 52
Highest Metascore: 92 Toy Story
Lowest Metascore: 22 Saving Silverman
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 6 out of 15
15 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
36 The Watch Jul 27, 2012 Cast / Manfred 5.5
29 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Oct 6, 2006 Sheriff Hoyt 5.9
35 Man of the House Feb 25, 2005 Captain Nichols 6.2
38 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Oct 17, 2003 Sheriff Hoyt 6.7
61 Taking Sides Sep 5, 2003 General Wallace 5.4
61 Willard Mar 14, 2003 Mr. Martin 6.4
41 The Salton Sea Apr 26, 2002 Verne Plummer 7.8
35 Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 Sep 21, 2001 President Richard Benson 6.4
22 Saving Silverman Feb 9, 2001 Coach 7.0
56 Prefontaine Jan 24, 1997 Bill Bowerman 7.5
80 Dead Man Walking Dec 29, 1995 Clyde Percy 7.9
92 Toy Story Nov 22, 1995 Sergeant 9.0
65 Se7en Sep 22, 1995 Police Captain 8.5
65 Mississippi Burning Jan 27, 1989 Mayor Tilman 8.5
78 Full Metal Jacket Jun 26, 1987 Gny. Sgt. Hartman 8.2