Ronald Lee Ermey (March 29, 1944 - April 15, 2018) was an American voice actor on the animated series The Angry Beavers.

Early life

Ermey was born in Emporia, Kansas, on March 24, 1944. He grew up with five brothers on a farm outside of Kansas City, Kansas.[1] In 1958, when Ermey was 14, he and his family left Kansas and moved to Zillah, Washington.[1][2] As a teenager, Ermey often got in trouble with the local authorities, and he had been arrested twice for criminal mischief by age 17.[1] After his second arrest, a judge gave him a choice between joining the military or being sent to jail; Ermey chose the military.[1]

Military career

U.S. Marine Corps

In 1961, at age 17, Ermey enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and went through recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego in San Diego, California.[1] For his first few years, he served in the aviation support field before becoming a drill instructor in India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, where he was assigned from 1965 to 1967.[3]

Ermey then served in Marine Wing Support Group 17 at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Okinawa, Japan.[1] In 1968, he was ordered to Vietnam with MWSG-17, and spent 14 months in country. The remainder of his service was on Okinawa where he was advanced to staff sergeant (E-6). He was medically discharged in 1972 because of several injuries incurred during his service.[4] On May 17, 2002, he received an honorary promotion to gunnery sergeant (E-7) by the Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James L. Jones.[5]

Personal life

Ermey married his wife, Nila, in 1975. They had four children. In Ermey's television show Lock N' Load with R. Lee Ermey, he referred to his wife as "Mrs. Gunny". He was also the official celebrity spokesperson of the youth organization, Young Marines.


Ermey died at a hospital in Santa Monica, California from complications related to pneumonia on the morning of April 15, 2018. He was 74 years old.[6][7]

Characters portrayed

  • Sergeant Goonther


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 [CMP - First Shot Online!]. April 16, 2018.
  2. Hartl, John. July 9, 1987. 'Full Metal Jacket' was an old drill for this ex-Marine. p. F3.The Seattle Times.
  3. ['Mail Call' star Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermey dies; actor had Kansas roots]. The Wichita Eagle. April 16, 2018.
  4. [R. Lee Ermey's Bio]. April 16, 2018.
  5. [Marine, Actor R. Lee Ermey Dies at 74 =]. USNI News. April 16, 2018
  6. New York Times
  7. [R. Lee Ermey, Golden Globe Nominee for 'Full Metal Jacket,' Dies at 74]. April 15, 2018. The Hollywood Reporter.

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