Brooklyn-born actor Joe Turkel, best known for playing spooky bartender Lloyd in “The Shining” and an android maker in “Blade Runner,” has died at 94.
According to Variety, his death came Monday in Santa Monica, Calif., ending a prolific career that included more than 100 film and television roles.
Turkel served in the Army during World War II before heading to Hollywood to work with heavyweights including director Stanley Kubrick, who directed him in 1980′s “The Shining,” the 1956 film “The Killing,” and “Paths of Glory,” where in 1957, Turkel played a soldier. He reportedly called the latter his favorite among the movies he did. It starred Kirk Douglas.
On the small screen, Turkel was often cast alongside tough guys in cop shows including “S.W.A.T.,” “Adam-12,” and “Dragnet” as well as Westerns like “The Lone Ranger,” “Bonanza,” and “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.”
IMDB says that his last screen appearance was in the futuristic 1990 sci-fi film “The Dark Side of the Moon,” which is set in 2022.
Variety reported that Turkel completed an autobiography before his death that is expected to be released posthumously. It’s called “The Misery of Success.”