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William Lafferty <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 4 Feb 1997 13:39:16 -0500
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        I would have to say that the prototypical, as well as
quintessential, Marine drill sergeant first appeared as Jack Webb in
1957's *The D. I.,* also directed by Webb, and undoubtedly had its
progenitors in any number of World War II-era films, like *Wake Island,*
*Guadalcanal Diary,* etc.
        The actor who portrayed the d. i. in Kubrick's *Full Metal Jacket*
(whose name escapes me) was featured, I believe, on *Entertainment
Tonight* within the last two weeks as an actual Marine d. i. who has
fashioned a successful acting career in playing that specific role.
                               William Lafferty
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