Joe Turkel, ‘The Shining’ and ‘Blade Runner’ Actor, Dies at 94

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

The prolific actor was 94 and had over 140 acting credits to his credit.

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

In 1982, he played the eccentric creator of replicant Eldon Tyrell in “Blade Runner”.

Born in Brooklyn in 1927, Turkel joined the military when he was 17 and served in Europe during World War II. A year later he moved to California to perform, getting his first credit in 1949’s “City Across the River.”

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

    Joe Turkel
Turkel in 1959’s “The Purple Gang.”
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He also appeared in episodes of several TV 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 video game spin-off “Blade Runner” in 1997.

Turkel’s representative confirmed to The Post that before his death he had completed a memoir entitled “The Misery of Success,” and his family plans to publish it later this year.

The actor leaves behind two sons, Craig and Robert, two daughters-in-law and his brother, David Turkel.

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