Death of Joe Turkel, The Shining loses its disturbing bartender

Death of Joe Turkel, The Shining loses its disturbing bartender

Joe Turkel, the actor known for his roles in “The Shining”, “Blade Runner” or “Paths of Glory”, died on Monday June 27 in California, at the age of 94.

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Actor Joe Turkel died at the age of 94 at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., a rep confirmed to Variety.

Born in Brooklyn on July 15, 1927, Joe Turkel joined the United States Army at age 17 and served in Europe during World War II. It was after this that the young man moved to California to pursue an acting career: he landed his first film role in Graine de faubourg by Maxwell Shane, in 1948.


Over the next four decades, Turkel was busy. The actor has indeed to his credit more than 100 credits in various films and series: an exemplary career which led him to appear in films such as Un Caïd (1965) by Bryan Forbes, La Canonnière du Yang-Tsé ( 1966) by Robert Wise, The Al Capone Affair (1967) by Roger Corman, and his last feature Parasite (1990) by DJ Webster. He also appeared in three of director Bert I. Gordon’s films: “Tormented”, “Jimmy and the Pirates”, two feature films released in 1960, as well as the 1965 science fiction comedy, Village of the Giants .

On the small screen side, we could see the actor in series such as The Lone Ranger, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, The Incorruptibles, The Iron Man or even Two cops in Miami.


But it is above all for his roles in three of Stanley Kubrick’s films that Joe Turkel became known: the famous director’s first feature film, The Ultimate Razzia (1956), then Paths of Glory (1980) and the legendary Shining (1957) opposite Jack Nicholson, in which he played the oft-parodied role of Lloyd, the ghostly bartender.

Subsequently, he also had a starring role – eccentric replica maker Eldon Tyrell – in Ridley Scott’s 1982 original Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford. His last project, before his retirement, was to lend his voice to a video game of the franchise in 1997.

According to a representative, before his death, Joe Turkel wrote a memoir titled “The Misery of Success,” which his family plans to publish later this year. The iconic actor is survived by his two sons, two daughters-in-law and his brother David Turkel.

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