The Shining and Blade Runner Actor Joe Turkel Passed Away At 94

The actor Joe Turkel who played the bartender in the horror film, The Shining, has died at the age of 94.

Joe Turkel who also appeared on the set of Blade Runner, starred in more than 100 television films and shows over his lengthy career.

He was a favorite actor for the acclaimed director Stanley Kubrick and appeared in three of his films: The Killing, Paths of Glory and The Shining.

Joe Turkel

The Shining. The Shining, Joe Turkel played the ghostly bartender Lloyd who was the host to a mad Jack Nicholson in one of the most popular horror films ever.

The film Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford in the role of a the scientist Eldon Tyrell, who invented replicants. Born in 1927, he, and after a brief stint in his US Army fighting in the Second World War headed to Hollywood.

Representatives of the family confirmed that he passed away within St John’s Hospital in Santa Monica.

In a statement, they stated the group was “so sad” to share the news that they had lost their “great friend and client Joe Turkel has passed away.”

Rep. Chris Carbaugh told People: “Joe was lightning bolts and was extremely passionate about talking about movies, baseball and even life. Every time we spoke, he would quickly crack an unintentional joke or get me laughing.

“He was very proud of being the only actor to do three Stanley Kubrick films and loved to share his experiences with family, friends and fans.”

The actor described the actor as “an old Brooklyn boy that “loved” spending time with his brother, his two sons and grandkids.

Alongside The Shining as well as Blade Runner he appeared The Lone Ranger, S.W.A.T, The Andy Griffith Show, Miami Vice, The Dark Side of the Moon. His first film role was in the film ‘City Across The River’ in 1948.

Turkel was retired from the stage in 1995 and his final work was his voice on the 1997 Blade Runner video game.

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