Joe Turkel, ‘The Shining,’ and ‘Blade Runner,’ Actor, is Dead at 94


Joe Turkel, the unmistakable screen persona as Lloyd the ghostly Bartender in ShiningDr. Eldon Tyell, a replicant creator Blade Runner, Has died at 94. Turkel, a repeat collaborator with Stanley Kubrick was an iconic pop culture character. He achieved this feat despite having a long career in film.

Turkel’s career began in the 1940s. He was barely 21 when he got screen time in film noirs. City Across the River. The Glass Wall, Duffy Of San Quentin, The St. Valentines Day Massacre.And many, many more. Turkel also performed a number of memorable performances on TV throughout the years. Bonanza, The Untouchables Tales from the Darkside Miami Vice, The Lone RangerAnd others.

But it’s his roles. ShiningAnd Blade RunnerThey live on through the memories. Although Lloyd, the bartender at the Overlook Hotel speaks less than 100 lines, Jack Nicholson’s Jack Torrance sets the scene. Kubrick worked hard to make it work.

“Stanley was looking for the perfect shot,”Turkel noted that he worked on the set from 9 a.m. till 10:30 p.m., which resulted in a leaky finish to the day. “I got to my dressing room, took my shirt off, took my T-shirt off and wrung [the sweat] out.”

He earned attention for the role and was cast as Dr. Eldon Tyell, the corporate chief who creates replicants. The role is brought to life by Ridley Scott’s film Blade Runner. His co-star is his star, and he has a short time left on the screen. However, it is still impactful.

Tyrell explains to Roy Batty why he cannot fulfill his request when he visits Rutger Haauer’s Roy Batty near the end. “The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long, and you have burned so very, very brightly, Roy,”Before Tyrell’s death, he tells Hauer his character. His face is crushed and bloody.

Turkel’s memoir, The Misery Of Success, was completed before his death. His family plans to publish it in the latter part of the year. It will be a fascinating read for Kubrick or film fans.

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