Joe Turkel, best known for his role in the classic horror film “The Shining,” has died at the age of 94, Fox News Digital confirmed Friday.
“So sad to share that great friend and client Joe Turkel has passed away,” Chris Carbaugh, a representative for Turkel, said, “Joe was a lightning bolt and he was very passionate to talk about films, baseball and life. Every time we spoke he was quick to crack a bad joke and make me laugh.”
Carbaugh 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, 2 sons and grand kids. 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.”
The Killing, Paths of Glory, and The Shining were the three Stanley Kubrick movies that Turkel played a part in. He is most well known for playing the bartender Llyod in “The Shining.”
In 1982’s “Blade Runner,” Turkel again played the lead character of Dr. Eldon Tyrell. According to Variety, the actor passed away on Monday in Santa Monica, California. No cause of death was disclosed.
Turkel, who was raised in Brooklyn, New York, enlisted in the military at the age of 17 and served throughout World War II. He relocated to California the next year to further his acting career. In 1949, he was cast in his first movie, “City Across the River.”
He worked in the movie business for 40 years, playing parts in movies including “King Rat,” “The Sand Pebbles,” “The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre,” and others. In the 1990 film “The Dark Side of the Moon,” he played his last scene.
After lending his voice to the 1997 “Blade Runner” video game spinoff, he officially ended his acting career. Along with his brother David Turkel, Turkel is survived by his two kids, Craig and Robert.