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“The Shining” actor Joe Turkel has died at age 94, Fox News Digital confirmed Friday.
“So sad to share that great friend and client Joe Turkel has passed away,” said Chris Carbaugh, a representative for Turkel.
“Joe was a lightning bolt and he was very passionate about talking about movies, baseball and life. Every time we talked, he wouldn’t mind cracking a bad joke and making me laugh.”
Carbaugh continued, “He was very proud to be the only actor to do 3 Stanley Kubrick movies and loved sharing his experiences with his family, friends and fans. He was an old boy from Brooklyn and loved seeing his brother, his 2 sons and his grandchildren. 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.”
RUTGER HAUER, STAR OF ‘BLADE RUNNER’, DEAD AT 75
Stanley Kubrick’s three Turkel films were “The Killing”, “Paths of Glory”, and “The Shining”. He is best known for his role as Lloyd the bartender in “The Shining”.
Turkel also played the lead role of Dr. Eldon Tyrell in “Blade Runner” in 1982.
Variety reported that the actor died Monday in Santa Monica, Calif. A cause of death has not been shared.
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Turkel was born in Brooklyn, New York and joined the military at age 17, serving in World War II. The following year, he moved to California to pursue his acting career. He landed his first role in 1949, “City Across the River”.
He had a 40-year career in the film industry, playing roles in ‘King Rat’, ‘The Sand Pebbles’, ‘The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre’ and more. His last role was in “The Dark Side of the Moon” released in 1990.
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He officially retired from acting after voicing the video game spinoff “Blade Runner” in 1997.
Turkel is survived by his two sons, Craig and Robert, and his brother, David Turkel.