R. Lee Ermey, the former United States Marine Corps drill instructor who has appeared on numerous television shows and big-screen movies, will be in Sevierville Saturday signing autographs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Smoky Mountain Knife Works, 2320 Winfield Dunn Parkway. Admission is free.
Ermey, 68, served in the Marines for 11 years where he rose to the rank of staff sergeant and was later bestowed the honorary rank of gunnery sergeant (from which he gets his nickname "The Gunny"). After serving 14 months in Vietnam and two tours of duty in Okinawa, Japan, he was medically discharged in 1972 for injuries incurred in his tours of duty.
Ermey got his start in films while attending the University of Manila in the Phillippines. While he has appeared in more than 60 movies, Ermey may be best known for his role in Stanley Kubrick's 1987 film "Full Metal Jacket," in which he played a hard-nosed drill instructor.
Ermey's performance in the film nabbed him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
On TV, Ermey has guest-starred on many programs, including "House," "The Simpsons" and "Family Guy," and has hosted his own History Channel programs "Mail Call," in which he answers viewers' emails on the military, and "Lock N' Load With R. Lee Ermey," in which the military's most innovative weapons are discussed and demonstrated.
In addition to being a spokesman for SOG Knives and Tru-Spec apparel, Ermey also has his own "reveille" alarm clock app, ringtones and even his own action figure.
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