Hollywood veteran Joe Turkel, best known for his roles in The Shining and Blade Runner, died on June 27, 2022, in St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California.
The Shining Star Joe Turkel Dies At 94
Joe Turkel, an American character actor famous for his roles in The Shining and Blade Runner, last breathed in St. John’s Health Center in Santa Monica. California, confirmed by his representative to The Post on Friday. He died at the age of 94 on June 27, 2022. Turkel’s representative did not state the cause of his death.
The representative of Joe Turkel, Chris Carbaugh, said, “So sad to share that great friend and client Joe Turkel has passed away. Joe was a lightning bolt. He was very passionate about films, baseball and life. Every time we spoke, he was quick to crack a bad joke and make me laugh.”
He continued, “He was very proud of being the only actor to do 3 Stanley Kubrick films and loved to share his experiences with family, friends and fans. He was an old Brooklyn boy and loved seeing his brother, sons and grandkids. I will always appreciate the time we got to spend with this legend. Your money is no good here. Mr Turkel, you will ALWAYS be more human than human.”
Joe Turkel is alive after his death by his two sons, two daughters-in-law, and his brother, David Turkel.
Joe Turkel was a character actor and had more than 140 credits in acting. Turkel rose to fame when featured in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980) as Lloyd, the ghostly bartender. He also received praise for his role in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner (1982) as Dr Eldon Tyrell, the android manufacturer.
Turkel featured in three of Stanley Kubrick’s films- The Killing (1956, as Tiny), Paths of Glory (1957, as Private Amaud), and The Shining (1980, as Lloyd) and ṭhree of Bert I. Gordon’s films- The Boy and the Pirates (1960. as Abu the Genie), Tormented (1960, as Nick), and Village of the Giants (1965. as Sheriff).
Fans Showering With Heartful Messages
Joe Turkel’s fans have been showering him with condolence messages on social media as the news of Turkel’s demise spreads, addressing him as a ‘phenomenal actor’.
RIP Joe Turkel. I was always fascinated by the fact that the wilderness footage at the end of BLADE RUNNER was left over from THE SHINING (a kind gift from Kubrick to Scott) & he was in both classic films! Legend! pic.twitter.com/vknwnjnFoM
— kindertrauma® (@kindertrauma) July 1, 2022
— First Prize Films – A Podcast (@FirstPrizePod) July 2, 2022
So sad to hear of the passing of the great Joe Turkel today. A versatile actor, he had memorable parts in all time great movies The Shining, Blade Runner and Paths of Glory. So lucky to have had wonderful conversations with him. RIP Joe. #JoeTurkel pic.twitter.com/bvI9ajdcgg
— Steve Allen (@stallen1208) July 1, 2022
— Brian Drew (@bdrew73) July 1, 2022
Growing up watching #TheShining I would always imagine, I was related to #JoeTurkel somehow and thus by default, I was apart of the scariest movie I’d ever seen (at that point). #RIPJoeTurkel https://t.co/sBTuvNfKcU
— The WickerDAN Torkel (@DrZaiusGoD) July 2, 2022
Veteran actor Michael McKean also paid homage to Turkel on Twitter. He wrote, “Joe Turkel was always very good, but his performance in Paths of Glory, in a cast filled with great ones, is a subtle and brilliant standout. RIP.”
More About Joe Turkel’s Life
Joe Turkel was born on July 15, 1927, in Brooklyn, New York. Turkel joined the US Army at the young age of 17 and served in World War II. After World War II, he moved to California and started his career in acting.
He first appeared in 1948’s film City Across the River. During his 48 years of acting, he has been part of many films counting King Rat (1965), The Sand Pebbles (1966), and The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (1967). His first television appearance was in The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1956). Joe has also been part of various television series like Sky King, Frontier Doctor, Bat Masterson, U.S. Marshal, The Asphalt Jungle, Kojak, and many more.
Joe Turkel’s last project was The Dark Side of the Moon as Paxton Warner in 1990. He retired from acting in 1997 after reprising his role of Dr Eldon Tyrell in the Blade Runner video game. After retiring, he lived in Southern California and wrote screenplays.
Joe’s representative confirmed that before his death, he completed a memoir titled, The Misery of Success, scheduled for a 2022 posthumous release.
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