Joe Turkel, The Shining and Blade Runner actor, dead at 94

Joe Turkel was one of only two actors to appear in three Stanley Kubrick films.

WASHINGTON — Joe Turkel, who played the bartender in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, has died at the age of 94, his family and a representative confirmed to multiple media outlets on Friday.

Turkel died Monday at a Santa Monica hospital, his family said, according to Deadline. He died peacefully with his two sons by his side, the outlet reported.

In addition to his iconic performance as bartender Lloyd in The Shining, the veteran actor has also appeared in two other Kubrick films: The Killing and Paths of Glory. He was one of only two actors to appear in three Kubrick films, The Hollywood Reporter noted.

Turkel is also known for having Dr. Play as Eldon Tyrell, who designed the replicants in the original Blade Runner.

His career in the entertainment industry spanned nearly five decades and included more than 100 acting credits. He has appeared in episodes of several popular TV shows including The Andy Griffith Show, Miami Vice, The Untouchables, The Lone Ranger, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, and many others.

According to Variety, his last acting credit was a speaking role in a 1997 video game Blade Runner.

While Turkel speaks fewer than 100 words in his two scenes with Jack Nicholson in The Shining, he recalled in a 2014 interview that they rehearsed for six weeks while Kubrick tried to get the perfect shot and angle Find.

A rep told Variety that Turkel has completed a memoir called “The Misery of Success,” which is scheduled for publication later this year. Joe Turkel, The Shining and Blade Runner actor, dead at 94

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