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Joe Turkel, a prolific character actor in movies like The Shining and Blade Runner, has died. He was 94.
Turkel died on Monday at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. Selection was the primary to report the information.
“So unhappy to share that nice buddy and shopper Joe Turkel has handed away,” Chris Carbaugh, a consultant for Turkel, stated in a press release to PEOPLE. “Joe was a lightning bolt and he was very passionate to speak about movies, baseball and life. Each time we spoke he was fast to crack a foul joke and make me chortle.”
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Turkel is greatest identified for his supporting roles in Stanley Kubrick’s movies, The Killing, Paths of Glory and The Shining, wherein he performed the ghostly bartender, Lloyd. He additionally starred within the unique 1982 Blade Runner as replicant creator Eldon Tyrell.
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With over 140 movie and TV credit spanning over 4 a long time, Turkel appeared in notable movies, resembling King Rat, The Sand Pebbles, and The St. Valentine’s Day Bloodbath.
He additionally appeared in director Bert I. Gordon’s movies, Tormented, The Boy and the Pirates and Village of the Giants. His closing movie, The Darkish Aspect of the Moon, premiered in 1990.
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For his TV performances, Turkel appeared in episodes of well-liked exhibits, together with The Lone Ranger, S.W.A.T, The Andy Griffith Present, and Miami Vice. Earlier than retiring, his final credit score was a voice position in a 1997 Blade Runner online game spinoff.
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“He was very pleased with being the one actor to do 3 Stanley Kubrick movies and cherished to share his experiences with household, pals and followers,” Carbaugh advised PEOPLE. “He was an outdated Brooklyn boy and cherished seeing his brother, 2 sons and grandkids.”
Turkel was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1927 and served underneath the U.S. Military within the European Theater of Operations throughout World Warfare II.
A consultant advised Selection that earlier than his dying, Turkel had written a memoir titled The Distress of Success, which will likely be revealed by his household later this 12 months. Turkel is survived by his two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and brother David Turkel.
“I’ll at all times recognize the time we obtained to spend with this legend,” Carbaugh advised PEOPLE. “Your cash is not any good right here Mr. Turkel…you’ll ALWAYS be extra human than human.”