Former Zillah Resident R. Lee ‘Gunny’ Ermey Passes
You know his face and you know his acting, but you might not know that actor R. Lee Ermey spent time in his youth growing up in Zillah.
His longtime manager reports "Gunny" has passed away at age 74.
"Full Metal Jacket "was the movie that catapulted Ermey to stardom as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman. He received a Golden Globe nomination for his "tough as nails" performance in the movie.
Ermey served in the Marine Corps before trying his hand at acting.
He'll be missed as the ultimate military character in movies and television.