Golden Globe nominee and Boston Society of Film Critics Award Winner
for Best Supporting Actor in director Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal
Jacket, R. Lee Ermey, after more than 25 years in the business, is one
of the most successful and talented actors in film and television
His numerous roles in feature film include: Switchback, starring
opposite Dennis Quaid and Danny Glover, Dead Man Walking, Seven,
Leaving Las Vegas, Murder In The First, Life, The Frighteners and
Sommersby, as well as his critically acclaimed role opposite Jared
Leto in Prefontaine. He continues doing numerous voiceover roles which
span from The Simpsons to Toy Story("1" and "2").
Ermey served 11 years active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps. He rose
to the rank of staff NCO, served two years as a drill instructor and a
tour of duty in Viet Nam. Medically retired in 1971, he used his G.I.
Bill benefits, and enrolled at the University of Manila in the
Philippines where he studied drama. Francis Ford Coppola was filming
Apocalypse Now in the area and cast Ermey in a featured role. He has
since gone on to star or appear in approximately sixty films.
Ermey is no stranger to prestigious television either. He has starred
in numerous telefilms including HBO's Weapons of Mass Distraction,
TNT's The Rough Riders, and TNT's You Know My Name, starring Sam
Elliot, as well as Showtime's The Apartment Complex.
Lee starred with Elizabeth Pena in the feature On the Borderline. Just
before that, Lee was in the feature film Skipped Parts, with Jennifer
Jason Leigh and Drew Barrymore. Recently, Lee starred in Saving
Silverman with Jason Biggs, Jack Black, Steve Zahn and Amanda Peet.
Lee appears opposite Jeff Bridges in Scenes of the Crime and Harvey
Keitel in Taking Sides. For New Line he appeared in Run Ronnie Run and
starred in the remake of Willard with Crispin Glover. Also for New
Line, he stars in the remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Lee is also
hosting his own show for The History Channel, MAIL CALL, which focuses
on military technology past, present and future. It continues to be
one of the highest rated series on The History Channel. Lee has
recently begun filming Cheer Up with Tommy Lee Jones for Revolution