Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Obituaries: R. Lee Ermey and Harry Anderson

R. Lee Ermey ("Gunny") Dies at 74

Shortly after Art Bell's passing was announced, it was learned that R. Lee Ermey, our beloved "Gunny" had left us as well...

Probably best remembered for his role in Full Metal Jacket as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman, Ermey died this past Sunday from pneumonia-related complications according to his manager Bill Rogin. Ermey was 74.

Ermey not only played a member of the military in movies and television, but he also was one in real life, having been a U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant and an honorary gunnery sergeant. He also served as a drill instructor for the Marines. Ermey also served 14 months in Vietnam and completed two tours in Okinawa, Japan.

Deaths always seem to come in threes, so a morbid death watch began after the death of Gunny to see who would be next... it wasn't long before Harry Anderson became the third.

Harry Anderson Found Dead in his North Carolina Home

A statement from the Asheville Police Department said officers responded to a call from Anderson’s home early Monday and found him dead. The statement said foul play is not suspected.

Best known for his role as Judge Harry T. Stone on the long running NBC comedy Night Court, Anderson also appeared on Cheers and Starred as the title character Dave Barry on Dave's World. Harry was also a very talented magician as well.

"I got into magic when I was a child," he told The Associated Press in 1987. "Unlike most kids, I stayed with it. My high school teachers were always asking me what I was going to do. It made me what I am today — available for weekend employment, parties and bar mitzvahs."

Anderson had two children from his first marriage to Leslie Pollack. His second wife, Elizabeth Morgan, is among his survivors. There was no immediate word on funeral arrangements Monday night.


  1. Last movie I saw him in was the remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I am more upset about Bruno Sammartino buying it today.

    1. Yeah, he had just made his peace with Vince and was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year with a legends contract too. :(


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