Ronald Lee Ermey (born March 24, 1944) is a former U.S. Marine Corps drill instructor and later Golden Globe-nominated actor, often playing the roles of authority figures, such as Gunnery Sergeant Hartmann in Full Metal Jacket, Mayor Tilman in the Alan Parker film Mississippi Burning and Sheriff Hoyt in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He currently hosts Mail Call, a military history program on The History Channel, where Ermey answers military-related viewer questions. Ermey is also an official spokesman for Glock firearms, Tupperware, Hoover, and the Young Marines, and has also appeared in commercials for Coors Light and Dick's Sporting Goods.
He has since appeared in approximately sixty films, including Mississippi Burning, Dead Man Walking, Se7en, Leaving Las Vegas, Prefontaine, Saving Silverman, On Deadly Ground, Life, Man of the House, Toy Soldiers, as well as the remakes of Willard and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Ermey also lent his voice to The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Toy Story and Toy Story 2, as well as Roughnecks and X-Men 3. He has also served as a voice-actor, usually in a commanding military role, for shows such as Kim Possible, The Simpsons, Family Guy, SpongeBob SquarePants, Miami Vice, House, Scrubs, My Life As a Teenage Robot and Invader Zim, in addition to hosting the documentary series Mail Call. Many rumours put him in the role of Colonel Hoffman of the upcoming Gears of War movie.
Ermey has lent his distinctive voice to several video games, including Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel (as General Barnaky) and Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex (as Wa-Wa). He also made a cameo in Real War: Air, Land, Sea, a retail real-time strategy computer game based on the official Joint Chiefs of Staff training game. Ermey traveled to Kuwait in June 2003 during the first phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom to film mail distribution by the Defense Department to service personnel for an episode of "Mail Call". According to a 2005 episode of Mail Call filmed at Whiteman Air Force Base, he is the 341st person to fly in the B-2 Stealth Bomber.
On May 17, 2002 he received an honorary promotion to Gunnery Sergeant (E-7) by the Commandant of the Marine Corps (later Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR)) United States Marine Corps General James L. Jones, becoming the first retired military member in the history of the United States Marine Corps to be promoted.
He has also conducted morale tours visiting U.S. troops in locations such as Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan in which he filmed parts for his television show Mail Call. While at Bagram Air Base he held a USO type show in which he portrayed GySgt Hartman and conducted a comedy routine. He also did the same thing at Doha, Qatar in 2003.
On Mail Call, Ermey discusses weaponry, tactical matters, and military history. 'Mail Call's subject matter is dictated by viewer emails; one episode may focus on an M1A1 Battle Tank, while another may involve World War II secrets, while a third might focus on elements of Medieval warfare. The set consists of a military tent, other military gear and weapons, and Ermey's personal jeep armed with his own 30 cal. M1919 Browning machine gun. Commercial breaks are signaled with typical DI type language, such as,"Goin' to the can? I don't think so. Keep your butt parked on that couch!"
|1978||The Boys in Company "C"||Sergeant Loyce (Drill Instructor, Co. 163)|
|1979||Apocalypse Now||Eagle Thrust Seven helicopter pilot||uncredited|
|1987||Full Metal Jacket||Gunnery Sergeant Hartmann|
|Miami Vice||Detective Sergeant|
"Rising Sun of Death"
Episode 9, Season 4
|1988||Mississippi Burning||Mayor Tilman|
|1989||The Siege of Firebase Gloria||Sergeant Major Bill Hafner/Narrator|
|Fletch Lives||Jimmy Lee Farnsworth|
|Demonstone||Colonel Joe Haines|
|1990||The Take||Weller||television movie|
|I'm Dangerous Tonight||Lieutenant Ackman||television movie|
|83 Hours 'Til Dawn||Glen Fairling||television movie|
|The Terror Within II||Von Demming|
|The Rift aka Endless Descent||Captain Phillips|
|1991||Toy Soldiers||General Kramer|
|True Identity||Houston's Boss||uncredited|
|Body Snatchers||General Platt|
|Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.||Marshal Brisco County Senior|
|Double Switch (Video Game)||Lyle (the handyman)||Credited as R. Lee Emrey in the Sega CD version|
|1994||French Silk||Chief Crowder||television movie|
|On Deadly Ground||Stone|
|Rise and Walk: The Dennis Byrd Story||Mr. Byrd||uncredited; television movie|
|Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult||Mess Hall Guard||uncredited|
|Chain of Command||Benjamin Brewster|
|Love Is a Gun||Frank Deacon|
|1995||Murder in the First||Judge Clawson|
|Leaving Las Vegas||Conventioneer|
|The X-Files||Reverend Findley|| episode " Revelations"|
|The Simpsons||Colonel Leslie Hapablap|| voice only|
episode "Sideshow Bob's Last Gleaming"
|Toy Story||Sergeant|| voice only|
|Under the Hula Moon||Lt. Col. J. P. McIntire|
|Dead Man Walking||Clyde Percy|
|Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back||Preacher Brian||uncredited|
|1996||Space: Above and Beyond||Sgt. Maj. Bougus||television movie|
|The Frighteners||(ghost of) Sgt Hiles|
|Soul of the Game||Wilkie||television movie|
|1997||Dead Men Can't Dance||Sen. Pullman T. Fowler|
|The Angry Beavers||Sergeant Goonther|| voice only|
episode "Fancy Prance/H2Whoa!"
|Weapons of Mass Distraction||Billy Paxton||television movie|
|Rough Riders||Secretary of State John Hay|
|Cracker||Lieutenant Fry||TV series|
|Switchback||Sheriff Buck Olmstead|
|The Sender||Colonel Rosewater|
|1999||You Know My Name||Nix||television movie|
|Life||Older Sheriff Pike|
|SpongeBob SquarePants||Prison Guard|| voice only |
episode "The Inmates of Summer"
To Save a Squirrel"
|Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot||General Thorton||TV series|
|The Apartment Complex||Frank Stanton|
|Toy Story 2||Army Sarge|| voice only|
|2000||The Chaos Factor||Col. Ben Wilder|
|Skipped Parts||Caspar Callahan|
|Roughnecks: STC||Sky Marshall Sanchez|
|Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins||Sarge|| voice only|
animated direct-to-video film
|2001||Saving Silverman||Coach Norton|
|Recess: School's Out||Colonel O'Malley|| voice only|
|Megiddo: The Omega Code 2||President Richard Benson|
|Family Guy||Coach|| voice only|
episode "Mr. Saturday Knight"
|Taking Sides||General Wallace|
|Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel||General Barnaky|| voice only|
|Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex||Wa-Wa the Water Elemental||voice only|
|On the Borderline||Captain Elias|
|Real War: Air, Land, Sea||voice only|
|Real War: Rogue States||voice only|
|2002||Run Ronnie Run!||Lead Kidnapper|
|The Salton Sea||Verne Plummer|
|Invader Zim||Sergeant Hobo 678|| voice only|
|History Channel's Mail Call||Gunny (Himself)||TV series|
|Frank McKlusky, C.I.||Jockey Master|| uncredited|
|A.K.A. Birdseye||Sheriff Gathers|
|Scrubs||Janitor's Dad|| guest star|
episode "My Old Man"
|The Texas Chainsaw Massacre||Sheriff Hoyt|
|2004||The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy||Drill Sergeant|| voice only|
|Father of the Pride||Sergeant Bunny|| voice only|
episode "One Man's Meat Is Another Man's Girlfriend"
|2005||House||John House|| Appeared in the episode "Daddy's Boy"|
|Man of the House||Captain Nichols|
|2006||X-Men: The Last Stand||Sergeant||voice only|
|The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning||Charlie Hewitt/Sheriff Hoyt|
|House||John House|| Due to appear in the episode "Birthmarks"|
Samples of Ermey from Full Metal Jacket are used in several albums:
In other media: