Joe Turkel Dies: ‘The Shining’ Star Actor Was 94

Washington [US]: Actor Joe Turkel, most popular for his parts in ‘The Shining’ and ‘Blade Runner’, is no more.

He died at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California as of late, Variety revealed. He was 94. Joe rose to notoriety by doing supporting jobs in three Stanley Kubrick films, including his most memorable element “The Killing,” “Paths of Glory” and “The Shining,” where he played the often-parodied role of the ghostly bartender Lloyd. He also had a prominent role in the original 1982 “Blade Runner,” as eccentric replicant creator Eldon Tyrell.

On TV, he showed up in episodes of famous shows, for example, “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp,” “Sky King,” “Tales from the Darkside,” “The Lone Ranger,” “S.W.A.T,” “Adam-12,” “Ironside,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Ben Casey,” “The Untouchables,” “Dragnet,” “Miami Vice” and “Bonanza.”His final credit before retiring was a voice role in a 1997 “Blade Runner” video game spinoff.

Preceding acting, he joined the U.S. Armed force at age 17, serving in Europe during World War II.

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