Death of Joe Turkel, essential actor of The Shining and Blade Runner

The American comedian died on June 27 in Santa Monica in the United States at the age of 94. A prolific supporting role, he notably played alongside Jack Nicholson and Harrison Ford under the direction of Stanley Kubrick and Ridley Scott.

Paths of Glory, The Gunboat of the Yang-Tse, shining, blade runner… the great American supporting actor Joe Turkel died on June 27 in Santa Monica, California. He was 94 years old.

Two characters embodied by Joe Turkel will have marked the memory of moviegoers. The first, immortalized in 1980 in shining. Turkel plays Loyd, the bartender of the Overlook Hotel, who hands a glass of alcohol to Jack Torrance alias Jack Nicholson. This ghostly, mute character announces in a certain way the loneliness then the madness that seized Torrance, a writer in search of an inspiration that flees him. The second important role of his career is essential to the futuristic scenario of blade runner. He personifies here Eldon Tyrell, the cynical boss of the company who invents humanoids more real, more powerful and sometimes more dangerous than humans: the Replicants.

Three Stanley Kubrick films

Joe Turkell was born on July 15, 1927 in the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York. In 1943, he enlisted in the US Army. He is only sixteen years old. A brave fighter of the Second World War, he will fight on the European front.

After the war, he devoted himself to his vocation, the profession of actor. The anthologies of the seventh art will remember that he worked three times under the direction of Stanley Kubrick: from 1956 in The Ultimate Raid (The Killing), then in 1958 in Le cultissime Paths of Glory (Paths of Glory) alongside Kirk Douglas and finally in shining in 1980.

Joe Turkel, before he died, was finishing his memoirs, The misery of success (The misery of success). In tribute to his fine career, his children promised that they would do everything to get this book out before the end of the year.

The mythical scene of Joe Turkel and Jack Nicholson in shining (1980) by Stanley Kubrick

During his career, Joe Turkel has performed no less than a hundred film and television roles. According to Variety, the comedian wrote his memoir, “The Misery of Success,” before his death, which his family plans to publish this year.


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