‘Good Morning Vietnam’ Air Force DJ Dies

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Former Air Force Sergeant Adrian Cronauer, the real-life subject of the Robin Williams movie “Good Morning, Vietnam!” died at the age of 79 on Wednesday, according to his obituary.

Cronauer, who helped to write the script for the 1987 war film, is most famous for his time as a DJ in the Air Force in Vietnam.

Though much of the critically acclaimed movie is fictionalized, Cronauer said he was still a fan of the film, telling The Military Times that “it was never intended to be a point-by-point accurate biography. It was intended to be a piece of entertainment, and it certainly was that.”

He was portrayed by actor Robin Williams, who was nominated for an Academy Award for the performance.

Cronaeur’s obituary notes his long list of accomplishments, including receiving the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service for his work as a confidential advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense from 2001–2009.