Quotes by: R. Lee Ermey

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R. Lee Ermey
Born Ronald Lee Ermey
(1944-03-24) March 24, 1944 (age 72)
Emporia, Kansas, United States
Occupation Actor
Years active 1978–2015
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Nila Ermey (m. 1975)
Children 4
Military career
Nickname(s) "The Gunny"
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch United States Marine Corps
Years of service 1961–1972
Rank SSgt
GySgt (Honorary)
Unit India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion
Marine Wing Support Group 17
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Combat Action Ribbon
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross

In order to be a good actor, I'm a firm believer that you need to bring something to the table.
R. Lee Ermey
I got space from Travis Air Force Base, went back to the Philippine Islands and made it a point to meet the only American casting director in the Philippines. I was off and running.
R. Lee Ermey
Playing the good guy is tough because you know as well as I do, in real life, you have to watch your P's and Q's and conduct yourself in a respectable manner if you expect to have friends.
R. Lee Ermey
The best part about the movie, and everybody seems to rave about it, is the boot camp part.
R. Lee Ermey
There have been a lot of changes in recruit training in the past twenty years.
R. Lee Ermey
Every character I've ever played, I always try to take him right to the edge and not allow him to fall over, but directors have a tendency to pull me back a little bit.
R. Lee Ermey
We had times in '66 and '67 when we would pick up a platoon of privates out of the receiving barracks the week before we even graduated the platoon that we were on!
R. Lee Ermey
I firmly believe that you live and learn, and if you don't learn from past mistakes, then you need to be drug out and shot.
R. Lee Ermey
Even though I disagree with many of the changes, when I see the privates graduate at the end of the day, when they walk off that drill field at the end of the ceremony, they are still fine privates; outstanding, well motivated privates.
R. Lee Ermey
When you try to find funding for a VVA function, it doesn't seem like it's any trouble at all. People come out of the woodwork with their money to help out because we went over and fought a war.
R. Lee Ermey
Drill instructors worked seven days a week, fifteen to seventeen hours a day in many cases, with no time off in between platoons.
R. Lee Ermey
Back in those days intimidation was the greatest tool the drill instructor had. Without that tool, he would not have had control.
R. Lee Ermey
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