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The Shining and Blade Runner actor Joe Turkel has died aged 94

Joe Turkel – known for his roles in films such as “The Shining” and “Blade Runner” – died Monday at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California, his representative confirmed to The Post on Friday.

The prolific actor was 94 and had more than 140 acting credits to his name.

He worked with director Stanley Kubrick on three memorable films – The Killing, Paths of Glory and The Shining – and is often remembered for his role as bartender Lloyd in the latter.

In 1982, he played eccentric replicant creator Eldon Tyrell in Blade Runner.

Turkel was born in Brooklyn in 1927, enlisted in the army at 17 and served in Europe during World War II. A year later he moved to California to act and landed his first gig in 1949’s City Across the River.

Joe Turkel is best known for playing the ghostly bartender named Lloyd - opposite Jack Nicholson - at Stanley Kubrick's "The glow."
Turkel is best known for playing the ghostly bartender named Lloyd – opposite Jack Nicholson – in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.
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During his 40-year career, Turkel appeared in films such as King Rat, The Sand Pebbles, and The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, as well as Bert I. Gordon’s films Tormented, The Boy and the Pirates, and Village of Giants”. His last film was The Dark Side of the Moon in 1990.

    Joe Turkel
Turkel in 1959’s The Purple Gang.
Courtesy of the Everett Collection

He also appeared in episodes of several television shows, including The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, Sky King, Tales from the Darkside, The Lone Ranger, SWAT, Adam-12, Ironside, The Andy Griffith Show, Ben Casey, The Untouchables, Dragnet, Miami Vice and Bonanza.

Joe Turkel retired from acting after lending his voice to the 1997 video game spinoff Blade Runner.

Turkel’s rep confirmed to The Post that he completed a memoir called The Misery of Success before his death and his family plans to publish it later this year.

The actor is survived by two sons, Craig and Robert, two daughters-in-law and brother David Turkel.

https://nypost.com/2022/07/01/joe-turkel-the-shining-and-blade-runner-actor-dead-at-94/ The Shining and Blade Runner actor Joe Turkel has died aged 94

Emma Bowman

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