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Joe Turkel

Turkel as Lloyd the Bartender in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining, 1980
Born Joseph Turkel
July 15, 1927 (1927-07-15) (age 82)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1949–1998

Joe Turkel (born July 15, 1927) is an American character actor. He is credited in several films as Joseph Turkel.

His most famous roles are Dr. Eldon Tyrell, the eccentric God-figure in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982), and Lloyd, the ghostly bartender in Stanley Kubrick's The Shining (1980). He has the distinction of being one of only two actors (the other being Philip Stone) to work with Kubrick as a credited character three times: in The Killing (1956, as "Tiny"), in Paths of Glory (1957, as the doomed Private Arnaud), and in The Shining.

Turkel was born in The Bronx, New York, and served in the US Military during World War II. His first film appearance was in 1948, City Across the River. Other film appearances include Bert I. Gordon's The Boy and the Pirates (1960), as Abu the Genie, the 1988 horror feature The Dark Side of the Moon, The Sand Pebbles (1966), as Bronson, and Jake "Greasy Thumb" Guzik in The St. Valentine's Day Massacre. Television appearances include Kojak, Tales from the Darkside and Miami Vice (in the episode Indian Wars).

He currently lives in southern California, and has been involved in writing screenplays.[1]


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