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‘The Shining’ actor Joe Turkel dies at 94

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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 spoke, he wouldn’t hesitate to crack a bad joke and make me laugh.”

‘Blade Runner’ and ‘The Shining’ actor Joe Turkel has died aged 94.
(Photo par Albert L.Ortega/Getty Images)

Carbaugh continued: “He was very proud to be the only actor to do 3 Stanley Kubrick films and enjoyed sharing his experiences with family, friends and fans. He was an old boy from Brooklyn and loved seeing his brother, 2 sons and grandchildren. I will always appreciate the time we were able to spend with this legend. Your money is no good here Mr. Turkel… you will ALWAYS be more human than human.”

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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.

Bartender Joe Turkel starred alongside Jack Nicholson in “The Shining.”
(Photo par Warner Brothers/Getty Images)

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.

Turkel had a 40-year acting career in Hollywood before retiring in 1997.

Turkel had a 40-year acting career in Hollywood before retiring in 1997.
(Photo par Albert L. Ortega/WireImage)

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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.

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