The tragic death of The Shining’s Joe Turkel

If you’re a fan of directors Stanley Kubrick and Ridley Scott, you’ve probably heard of actor Joe Turkel. Born in 1927, the talent spent his childhood in Brooklyn, New York. He joined the military at age 17 and told, “To be thrown into a war, I saw things that made me grow up pretty quickly.” After the war, Turkel shifted his focus to the acting world, which expanded into a four-decade career. In 1980, the prolific star landed a role on The Shining, playing Lloyd the bartender, aka the sinister and sinister figure who was all too happy to serve recovering alcoholic Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) a bourbon. He struck gold again as Tyrell in 1982’s Blade Runner. In addition to his various film projects, the actor has maintained an extensive television portfolio with roles in Miami Vice, Kojak, SWAT and Bonanza.

Sadly, the actor passed away on June 27 at the age of 94, Variety reported. According to the publication, Turkel died at St. Johns Hospital in Santa Monica, California and is survived by his two sons. In a statement, loved ones praised the actor’s “warmth” and “magnetic personality,” also pointing out to MovieWeb, “He loved a laugh and never shied away from signing autographs for fans.”

Following the announcement of Turkel’s death, fans took to social media to acknowledge his influence.

Joe Turkel was a popular character actor

Since news of Joe Turkel’s death broke, fans of the actor have taken to social media to highlight his legacy. One user called him a “phenomenal character actor” and said he was “absolutely unforgettable as Tyrell in Blade Runner”. Another fan tweeted, “Never has an actor made such an impact with so little screen time.”

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The love seemed to be mutual for Turkel, who had consistently praised his dedicated fanbase over the years. In a 2012 interview with Media Mikes, the talented star revealed that he was stunned by her dedication and appreciation for his work. “It’s incredible. Just unbelievable. You are so lovely. They are so happy to meet me,” he said. “When I did a Q&A, the house was completely full.”

Luckily for fans, Turkel’s legacy will live on outside of his extensive acting catalogue. Before his death, the beloved actor completed a new memoir titled “Misery of Success” by deadline. Sources close to the ‘The Shining’ actor told the publication that the book will be released later this year.