R. Lee Ermey Net Worth

R. Lee Ermey Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Ronald Lee Ermey net worth is
$12 Million

Ronald Lee Ermey salary is
$1 Million

Ronald Lee Ermey Wiki Biography

Ronald Lee Ermey was born on the 24th March 1944, in Emporia, Kansas USA. He is an actor, who is probably still best recognized for starring in the role of Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in “Full Metal Jacket” (1987), playing Mayor Tilman in “Mississippi Burning” (1988), and as Sheriff Hoyt in “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” remake. He is also a retired US Marine Corps Staff Sergeant, whose acting career subsequently began in 1978.

So, have you ever wondered how rich R. Lee Ermey is? It has been estimated by sources that Ermey’s net worth is over $12 million, as of mid-2016. The main source of this sum of money is his successful involvement into the entertainment industry as an actor. Additionally to that, he has also appeared in a number of commercials and TV shows, which also increased his net worth. Another source of his wealth is coming from his ownership of the Bravery Brewery in Lancaster, California.

R. Lee Ermey Net Worth $12 Million

R. Lee Ermey spent his childhood with five brothers on a farm nearby Kansas City. At the age of 14, he moved with his family to Toppenish, Washington. In his teens, Ermey was a troublemaker, who has often problems with the law, as he was arrested twice. After his second arrest, the judge offered him the choice between going to prison or becoming a member of military, so he chose the second option and in 1961 he joined the US Marine Corps. While serving, he worked as a drill instructor, but also saw combat in Vietnam where he was wounded, and was eventually medically discharged – he was honorarily promoted to gunnery sergeant (E-7) in 2002.

Ronald’s acting career began in the late 1970s, appearing in a film named “The Boys In Company C” (1978), and the following year he appeared in the film “Apocalypse Now”. He then focused more on his education, but returned to acting during the 1980s, earning roles in the film “Purple Hearts” (1984), and three years later he secured his breakout role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in the Stanley Kubrick’s film “Full Metal Jacket”. Since then, his career has gone only upwards, and so has his net worth as well as popularity. So far he has appeared in more than 120 films, TV and video games titles, which increased his net worth by a large margin.

Furthermore, during his career he developed a typecast role of a sergeant, and some of his most famous roles include those in films such as “Mississippi Burning” (1988), “Toy Soldiers” (1991), “Body Snatchers” (1993), “Love Is A Gun” (1994), “Dead Man Walking” (1995), “Dead Men Can’t Dance” (1997), “Jericho” (2000), “Vilard” (2003), “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (2003), and its sequel “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning” (2006), among others. All of these appearances added to the overall size of his net worth.

Emery’s net worth also benefited from his voice-over talents, as he provided the voice to characters from several animated TV and film titles, but also video games, including “Toy Story” (1995), “Big Guy And Rusty The Boy Robot” (1999), “Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles” (1999-2000), “Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood Of Steel” (2001), “Batman: The Brave And The Bold” (2009-2011), “Kung Fu Panda: Legends Of Awesomeness” (2012-2015), and “Call Of Duty: Ghosts” (2013), among others, all of which contributed a lot to his net worth.

Thanks to his career, Emery has received numerous prestigious nominations and awards, including the Golden Globe award nomination in category Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for his work on the film “Full Metal Jacket”, and he won the BSFC Award in category Best Supporting Actor for the same film, among others.

Speaking about his personal life, R. Lee Ermey has been married to Nila Ermey since 1975; the couple has four children together.

Full NameR. Lee Ermey
Net Worth$12 Million
Salary$1 Million
Date Of BirthMarch 24, 1944
Place Of BirthEmporia, Kansas, U.S.
Height6' (1.83 m)
ProfessionActor, Miscellaneous Crew, Producer
EducationUniversity of Manila,University of Texas at Austin
SpouseNila Ermey
AwardsCombat Action Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Gallantry Cross, Combat Action Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Gallantry Cross
NominationsGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
MoviesFull Metal Jacket, The Boys in Company C, Seven, Saving Silverman, Dead Man Walking, The Frighteners, Willard, Toy Story, Toy Story 3, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Mississippi Burning, Toy Story 2, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Siege of Firebase Gloria, On Deadly Ground, Leaving La...
TV ShowsBig Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles, Cracker, All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series, High Incident, Sweet Justice, Street Justice, Human Target, Mail Call, Toy Story Treats, Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot, Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles, All Dogs Go to He...
1Tough and often scary screen presence
2Commanding and dynamic delivery.
3Best known for playing military drill instructors
1I got to write most of everything I said.
2Every 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.
3When 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.
4I honestly do feel that I am a role model for young people.
5I 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.
6Everybody respects the Vietnam Veterans of America.
7I disagree with a lot of those changes, however at the end of the day - I go down to recruit graduation at least once or twice a year.
8It's been a pretty fun ride, to tell you the truth.
9I play well with everybody.
10We 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!
11There have been a lot of changes in recruit training in the past twenty years.
12I try to get over to Iraq and Afghanistan as much as I can.
13That's all I cared about too, was getting it right.
14In order to be a good actor, I'm a firm believer that you need to bring something to the table.
15Kubrick ate it up. He loved it. He just let me go crazy.
16I've never had to spend any time in the VA hospital, so I really can't speak for those guys.
17I spend a lot of time with my characters.
18Kubrick's films have life - they just never die.
19There's a lot of whiners in every crowd.
20I was stationed at a marine recruit depot in San Diego from 1965 to 1967.
21I'm never, like I say, I'm never happy, I'm never satisfied, it's never good enough.
22Playing 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.
23Without discipline, there is no Marine Corps.
24I go the VA Hospital when I have a problem and the doctor jumps on me.
25Back in the old Corp, we weren't training those privates to infiltrate into the peacetime Marine Corp. We were training those privates to go to Vietnam.
26I don't have to be concerned about everybody else's character.
27I always love to come to Austin.
28The drill instructor must have total and complete control. Mindless obedience is what he's after.
29America's trying to do the best for its veterans.
30Back in those days intimidation was the greatest tool the drill instructor had. Without that tool, he would not have had control.
31The biggest problem was the politicians knew nothing about fighting a war.
32Drill instructors worked seven days a week, fifteen to seventeen hours a day in many cases, with no time off in between platoons.
33I don't have any respect at all for the scum-bags who went to Canada to avoid the draft or to avoid doing their fair share.
34Communications are better now than in my Vietnam days.
35For me, it's an honor for the military to ask me to go to Iraq, Afghanistan, or GITMO. I'm happy to go.
36You'd be surprised how many kids and young people come to the website and send me email that they are actually going into the Marine Corp because of something that I said or did.
37There was a huge, tremendous amount of disabled veterans and the Veteran's Administration just wasn't geared up for it. I know for a fact that it's getting better and better.
38The bad news motivated the drill instructors that much more.
39The best part about the movie, and everybody seems to rave about it, is the boot camp part.
40I 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.
41Even 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.
42It's my firm conviction that when Uncle Sam calls, by God we go, and we do the best that we can.
1As of 2016, has appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Apocalypse Now (1979), Mississippi Burning (1988) and Toy Story 3 (2010)_.
2When he was 17, he would always get in trouble so much with the police. During a court hearing, the judge gave him the choice of either facing jail or join the military. He chose the military.
3In January, 2014 he outraged animal rights activists by posting photos of himself on Facebook posing with dead lions he had shot in Africa. He also boasted of killing "Cape Buffalo, lion, lioness and ­wildebeest" on previous trips to Africa.
4Starting his third year as host on "Mail Call" on the History Channel. [July 2005]
5Hosting "Lock N Load" a new show about military hardware on the History Channel. [August 2009]
6Currently doing a series of radio and television commercials for Geico. [July 2010]
7Hosting "Mail Call" on the History Channel. [August 2002]
8Was seriously considered for the role of J. Jonah Jameson in Spider-Man (2002), before J.K. Simmons was cast.
9Was one of the few people ever allowed to improvise for notorious perfectionist Stanley Kubrick. A lot of his dialogue lines in Full Metal Jacket (1987) were improvised.
10In 2010, he was chosen as new spokesman for SOG Specialty Knives & Tool. SOG's new "Gunny Approved" advertising campaign includes a special edition line of knives and tools developed in conjunction with Ermey.
11In 1987, he was involved in a jeep accident during the making of Full Metal Jacket (1987). At 1:00 am one morning, he skidded off the road, breaking all the ribs on his left side. He refused to pass out and kept flashing his car lights until a motorist stopped. In some scenes in the movie, he does not move his left arm at all.
12Has four children with wife Nila and two daughters from a previous marriage. Has nine grandchildren.
13Aside from his early military roles, he often plays authority figures, such as sheriffs, police chiefs and other types of law-enforcement officers.
14Parodied his famous role from Full Metal Jacket (1987) (Gunnery Sergeant Hartman) as a Ghost in the comedy film The Frighteners (1996).
15Chosen as first celebrity spokesperson for Glock firearms and products in 2004.
16Used the same line ("You're not afraid of a little blood, are you?") in two consecutive movies -- Willard (2003) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003). Both films were released in 2003 and both films just happened to be remakes as well.
17After injuries forced him to retire from military service, he moved to the Phillipines and enrolled in the University of Manila, where he studied Criminology and Drama.
18United States Marine Corps awards and decorations include: Meritorious Unit Commendation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (w/bronze service star), Vietnam Campaign Medal (w/60 Device), Vietnam Gallantry Cross (w/Palm), Good Conduct Medal (w/two bronze service stars), Marksman Badge (w/Rifle Bar) and Sharpshooter Badge (w/Pistol Bar).
19Although he retired from the United States Marine Corps in 1971, Ermey was later awarded the Honorary rank of Gunnery Sergeant.
20Served in the United States Marine Corps from April 1961 to October 1971 under the service number 195-60-39. Was retired as a Staff Sergeant on a medical disability.
21Was not intended to be in Full Metal Jacket (1987). He was hired as a technical advisor for the actor who was to play the drill instructor, but he did such a good job at it that Ermey himself was hired for the part.


The Simpsons1995-2015TV SeriesColonel Leslie Hapablap
Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness2012-2015TV SeriesGeneral Tsin
Call of Duty: Ghosts2013Video GameMultiplayer Announcer - Drill Instructor DLC (voice)
Someone Picked the Wrong Girl2013Video shortGlock Man
The Watch2012/IManfred
Family Guy2001-2011TV SeriesWarden / Coach
Batman: The Brave and the Bold2009-2011TV SeriesWildcat
X-Play2011TV Series
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2010TV SeriesWalter Burlock
Toy Story 32010Video GameSarge (voice)
An Okay Place to Eat2010ShortSergeant Cereal
Batman: The Brave and the Bold - The Videogame2010Video GameWildcat (voice)
Toy Story 3: The Video Game2010Video GameArmy Sarge (voice)
Toy Story 32010Sarge (voice)
Eleventh Hour2008TV SeriesBob Henson
House M.D.2005-2008TV SeriesJohn House
Toy Story Midway Mania!2008ShortSarge (voice)
SpongeBob SquarePants2007TV SeriesWarden
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning2006Uncle Charlie Hewitt / Sheriff Hoyt
Shark Bait2006Jack (voice)
X-Men: The Last Stand2006Sergeant (voice)
Man of the House2005/ICaptain Nichols
My Life as a Teenage Robot2005TV SeriesSarge
Father of the Pride2004TV SeriesBunny
The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy2004TV SeriesSergeant / Drill Sergeant
Kim Possible2003TV SeriesGeneral Sims
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre2003Sheriff Hoyt
Fillmore!2003TV SeriesColonel Thrift
Rocket Power2003TV SeriesMadison
Willard2003Mr. Martin
Birdseye2002Sheriff Gathers
Invader ZIM2002TV SeriesSergeant Hobo 678
Frank McKlusky, C.I.2002Jockey Master (uncredited)
Scrubs2002TV SeriesJanitor's Father
The Salton Sea2002Verne Plummer
Run Ronnie Run2002Lead Kidnapper
This Week in History2001TV Series
Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex2001Video GameWa-Wa - The Water Elemental (voice, as R. Lee Ermy)
On the Borderline2001Capt. Elias
Taking Sides2001General Wallace
Scenes of the Crime2001Mr. Parker
Megiddo: The Omega Code 22001President Richard Benson
Real War2001Video GamePre-mission Briefings Narrator (voice)
Fallout Tactics: Brotherhood of Steel2001Video GameGeneral Simon Barnaky (voice)
The District2001TV SeriesJim Bodsworth
Recess: School's Out2001Colonel O'Malley (voice, as Lee Ermey)
Saving Silverman2001Coach
Action1999-2000TV SeriesTitus Scroad
Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins2000VideoSarge (voice)
Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles1999-2000TV SeriesSky Marshall Sanchez
Skipped Parts2000Caspar Callahan
The Chaos Factor2000Col. Ben Wilder
Toy Story 21999/IVideo GameSergeant (voice)
Toy Story 21999Army Sarge (voice)
The Apartment Complex1999TV MovieFrank Stanton
Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot1999TV SeriesGeneral Thorton (voice)
Life1999/IOlder Sheriff Pike
Cracker: Mind Over Murder1997-1999TV SeriesLieutenant Fry
You Know My Name1999TV MovieMarshal Nix
Maximum Bob1998TV SeriesCol. Theodore Baker
All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Series1998TV SeriesSergeant Yorkie
The Sender1998Colonel Rosewater
Starship Troopers1997Voice heard on speaker when troopers were receiving gear for battle (voice, uncredited)
The Angry Beavers1997TV SeriesSergeant Goonther
Switchback1997Sheriff Buck Olmstead
Promised Land1997TV SeriesLeo C. Greene
Weapons of Mass Distraction1997TV MovieBilly Paxton
Dead Men Can't Dance1997Sen. Pullman T. Fowler
Prefontaine1997Bill Bowerman
Rough Riders1997TV SeriesSecretary of State John Hay
Toy Story1996Video GameArmy Sarge (voice)
The Frighteners1996Sgt. Hiles
Soul of the Game1996TV MovieWilkie
High Incident1996TV SeriesTony Van Camp
Toy Story Treats1996TV Series shortSarge
Dead Man Walking1995Clyde Percy
The X-Files1995TV SeriesReverend Patrick Findley
Toy Story1995Sergeant (voice)
Under the Hula Moon1995Lt. Col. J. P. McIntire
Space: Above and Beyond1995TV SeriesSergeant Major Bougus
Leaving Las Vegas1995Conventioneer
Se7en1995Police Captain
Best of the Best 3: No Turning Back1995Preacher Brian (uncredited)
Sweet Justice1995TV SeriesLuke
Savate1995VideoBenedict (uncredited)
Murder in the First1995Judge Clawson
Tales from the Crypt1994TV SeriesSheriff
Love Is a Gun1994Frank Deacon
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult1994Mess Hall Guard (uncredited)
Rise and Walk: The Dennis Byrd Story1994TV MovieMr. Byrd (uncredited)
On Deadly Ground1994Stone
Chain of Command1994Benjamin Brewster
French Silk1994TV MovieChief Crowder
Double Switch1993Video GameThe Handyman (as R. Lee Emrey)
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.1993TV SeriesBrisco County Sr.
Body Snatchers1993General Platt
Sommersby1993Dick Mead (as Ronald Lee Ermey)
Hexed1993Det. Ferguson
Street Justice1992TV SeriesSpecial Agent Landau
Civil Wars1992TV SeriesGeneral Randall Bell
Human Target1992TV SeriesGeneral Ferris
True Identity1991Houston's Boss (uncredited)
Toy Soldiers1991General Kramer
The Terror Within II1991Von Demming
83 Hours 'Til Dawn1990TV MovieGlen Fairling
I'm Dangerous Tonight1990TV MovieLt. Ackman
The Take1990TV MovieWeller
The Rift1990Capt. Phillips
Demonstone1990Col. Joe Haines
China Beach1989TV SeriesColonel Buster Darling
Fletch Lives1989Jimmy Lee Farnsworth
The Siege of Firebase Gloria1989Bill Hafner
Mississippi Burning1988Mayor Tilman
Miami Vice1987TV SeriesDet. Sgt. Ernest Haskell
Full Metal Jacket1987Gny. Sgt. Hartman (as Lee Ermey)
Purple Hearts1984Gunny
Up from the Depths1979
Apocalypse Now1979Eagle Thrust Seven Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
The Boys in Company C1978Sergeant Loyce (as Lee Ermey)


Full Metal Jacket1987technical advisor - as Lee Ermey
An Officer and a Gentleman1982technical advisor - uncredited
Apocalypse Now1979military advisor - uncredited
The Boys in Company C1978technical advisor - as Lee Ermey


GunnyTime with R. Lee Ermey2015-2016TV Series executive producer - 3 episodes


The Siege of Firebase Gloria1989additional dialogue - as R. Lee Ermy


The Year of the Rat2003Video documentary very special thanks


Down to the Bone: Anatomy of a Prequel2007Video documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Max on Set: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - The Beginning2006TV Movie documentarySheriff Hoyt
Hollywood Vietnam2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 100 Greatest War Films2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Howard Stern2004TV SeriesSgt. Hartman
American Veteran Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Host
Chainsaw Redux: Making a Massacre2004Video documentaryHimself / Sheriff Hoyt
The Year of the Rat2003Video documentaryHimself - Mr. Martin
The 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Nominee
Shooting 'Full Metal Jacket'1986DocumentaryHimself
GunnyTime with R. Lee Ermey2015-2016TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself
Toy Story at 20: To Infinity and Beyond2015TV Movie documentaryHimself - Sergeant
Military Makeover2015TV SeriesHimself - Host
Fox and Friends2014-2015TV SeriesHimself
Kubrick Remembered2014DocumentaryHimself
Saving Private K-92014TV Series documentaryHimself
Making Glock's Somebody Picked the Wrong...2013Documentary shortMultiple
Hannity2012TV SeriesHimself
Designing Spaces2011TV SeriesHimself - Host
Machete Maidens Unleashed!2010DocumentaryHimself
National Memorial Day Parade2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots2010TV Movie documentary voice
Lock 'N Load with R. Lee Ermey2009TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - Host
Full Metal Jacket: Between Good and Evil2007Video documentary shortHimself (as Lee Ermey)
Mail Call2002-2007TV Series documentaryHimself - Host / Himself

Archive Footage

Rat People: Friends and Foes2003Video documentary shortMr. Martin (uncredited)
The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.1993TV SeriesBrisco County Sr.
EBN: Commercial Entertainment Product1992Video shortGunnery Sgt. Hartman (uncredited)

Won Awards

2013Bronze TellyTelly AwardsOnline VideoSomeone Picked the Wrong Girl (2013)
1988BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest Supporting ActorFull Metal Jacket (1987)

Nominated Awards

1995ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleSe7en (1995)
1988Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureFull Metal Jacket (1987)

2nd Place Awards

2004Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest Supporting ActorThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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