Actor Joe Turkel, Who Appeared in The Shining and Blade Runner, Passed Away at 94
Joe Turkel passed away. He was a well-known character actor who appeared in movies including The Shining and Blade Runner. He was 94. Variety was the first to disclose Turkel’s death, which occurred on Monday at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California.
Joe Turkel’s representative, Chris Carbaugh, issued the following statement to PEOPLE: “So sad to inform that dear friend and client Joe Turkel has died away.” Joe spoke with great passion about movies, baseball, and life. He was like a lightning bolt. He was always ready to make me laugh with a crude joke whenever we spoke.
The Killing, Paths of Glory, and The Shining are among Turkel’s best-known supporting parts, in which he portrayed the spectral bartender Lloyd. Turkel is also well-known for his work on the Stephen King novel The Shining. Additionally, he played replicant inventor Eldon Tyrell in the original 1982 Blade Runner.
The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, King Rat, The Sand Pebbles, and more are just a few of the important movies that Turkel has been in over 140 times in movies and on television over the course of four decades.
The Boy and the Pirates, Village of the Giants, and Tormented, all directed by Bert I. Gordon, also featured him. 1990 saw the release of his last movie, The Dark Side of the Moon. Turkel gave television performances in episodes of well-known shows such as The Lone Ranger, S.W.A.T., The Andy Griffith Show, and Miami Vice. In a 1997 Blade Runner video game spinoff, he had his final acting job before retiring.
He loved to share his experiences with family, friends, and fans said Carbaugh, who was immensely proud of him for being the only actor to appear in three Stanley Kubrick films. He was a native Brooklynite who cherished visiting with his brother, two sons, and grandchildren.
Turkel, who was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1927, fought in World War II as a member of the U.S. Army in the European Theater of Operations.
Turkel had written a memoir titled The Misery of Success before he passed away, which his family would publish later this year, a spokesman for him informed Variety. David Turkel, Turkel’s brother, two daughters-in-law, and his two sons are the only people left to him. Carbaugh told People: “I will always be grateful for the time we had with this legend. You will ALWAYS be more human than human, Mr. Turkel, so your money is of no use here.