American character actor Joe Turkel has died at the age of 94. The actor, best known for his roles in Stanley Kubrick’s films The Killing, The Shining, Paths of Glory and Dr. Eldon Tyrell of Blade Runner died Monday at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California. A Turkel representative, Chris Carbaugh, said he was saddened that great friend and client Joe Turkel had breathed his last. According to him, Turkel was a flash and was very passionate about baseball, movies and life.
Joe Turkel reportedly passed away on June 27, 2022. He was just weeks away from celebrating his 95th birthday. Aside from the sad news of his death, Joe Turkel’s family did not share his cause of death. Given his age, it is believed that he may have died from age-related health problems. Speaking of Turkel, he was born on July 15, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York. The actor joined the US Army and served in Europe during World War II when he was just 17 years old. Turkel then moved to California to pursue acting after the war and did so for 50 years.
Joe reportedly started his career in 1948 and retired in 1998. In those five decades, he accumulated over 140 credits. Turkel also worked frequently with director Stanley Kubrick. In 1948 he got his first role in City Across the River. He tried out the role of Shimmy Stockton, who was part of a group of juvenile delinquents being reformed by the strong-willed leader of a community center. His experience in European theater has seen him do well as a soldier in a handful of iconic war films such as King Rat, The Sand Pebbles and more.
The Shining actor passed away on Monday June 27th. He was admitted to St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California. The heartbreaking news was first shared by his family. The family has not released his cause of death, so until now it remains a mystery how he died. However, as mentioned above, he could have died at the age of 94. The actor’s sons, Craig and Robert, were reportedly present at the time of his death. They stood by his side as he passed away peacefully. Our team also pays a heartfelt tribute to the actor and sends our deepest condolences to his family.