The Shining actor Joe Turkel has died at the age of 94.
Turkel was best known for playing the bartender in the horror/mystery series and for his role in Blade Runner.
His representatives confirmed the sad news of his death and stated that he died at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica.
They shared that they were “so sad” to announce that their “great friend and client Joe Turkel” passed away.
Chris Carbaugh told People. “Joe was a flash and he was very passionate about movies, baseball and life. Every time we spoke, he would quickly crack a bad joke and make me laugh.”
Carbaugh added, “He was very proud to be the only actor to do three Stanley Kubrick films and loved sharing his experiences with family, friends and fans.”
He went on to describe the actor as “an old boy from Brooklyn” who “loved” spending time with his brother, two sons and grandchildren.
Turkel’s impressive career spans over 140 acting appearances on television and film.
In addition to his most iconic roles, he has also starred in The Lone Ranger, SWAT, The Andy Griffith Show, Miami Vice, The Dark Side of the Moon, and Paths of Glory.
Turkel retired 25 years ago and his last job was voicing a character in the 1997 video game Blade Runner.
The actor, born in 1927, was in the US Army, which he joined at the age of 17, long before he hit the big screen.
He served his country in Europe during World War II, then moved to California and began acting in 1947.
Fans of Turkel rushed to social media to share their sadness after his death, describing him as a “phenomenal character actor.”
“I’m going to pour one for my favorite bartender tonight,” one fan tweeted, which seems extremely apt.
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