Who's Your Favorite Screen Sergeant?
September 12, 2011
R. Lee Ermey has parlayed his role as Sgt. Hartman in the 1987 movie Full Metal Jacket into a long career as cable TV host and pitchman for, notably, Glock. Here are some other memorable hard-assed sergeants from cinema history. Here are nine we've chosen. Who's your choice (other than Ermey) to fill out the Top 10?
All Quiet on the Western Front: (1930) John Wray as Sgt. Himmelstoss
Beau Geste: (1939) Brian Donlevy as Sgt. Markoff
Sands of Iwo Jima: (1949) John Wayne as Sgt. Stryker
Take the High Ground: (1953) Richard Widmark as Sgt. Ryan
The D.I.: (1957) Jack Webb as Sgt. Moore
Cross of Iron: (1977) James Coburn as Sgt. Steiner
Officer and a Gentleman: (1982) Lou Gossett as Sgt. Foley
Heartbreak Ridge: (1986) Clint Eastwood as Sgt. Highway
Jarhead: (2005) Jamie Foxx as Sgt. Sykes