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Overview (3)

Born in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died in Santa Monica, California, USA  (liver failure)
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Joseph Turkel was an American character actor. He is known for his roles in Stanley Kubrick's films The Killing, Paths of Glory, and The Shining, and as Dr. Eldon Tyrell in Blade Runner. He also had roles in three of Bert I. Gordon's films. Joseph Turkel was born in Brooklyn on July 15, 1927, to Benjamin Turkel, who was a tailor, and Gazella (née Goldfisher), a homemaker and occasional opera singer. His parents were Polish-Jewish immigrants. He had two brothers, Harold and David. Turkel joined the United States Army when he was seventeen and served in the European Theater of Operations during World War II.

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Family (3)

Spouse Anita Cacciatore (? - ?)  (her death)  (2 children)
Children Craig Turkel
Robert Turkel
Parents Benjamin Turkel
Turkel, Gazella

Trivia (11)

A frequent collaborator with Stanley Kubrick, who cast him in three films--The Killing (1956), Paths of Glory (1957) and The Shining (1980). The only other actor to have worked with Kubrick that often was Philip Stone.
Best known for his roles as the ghostly bartender Lloyd in The Shining (1980), and Dr. Eldon Tyrell in Blade Runner (1982).
Joined the United States Army at age 17, serving Europe during World War II.
His parents, Gazella (Goldfisher) and Benjamin Turkel, were Polish Jewish immigrants.
Supporter of the Democratic Party and has described himself as a ''Liberal Progressive''.
Supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement and spoke at the Occupy Seattle rally.
Said in an interview in 2014 that Paths of Glory (1957) was his favorite of his own films.
Retired from acting in 1998 after less than 50 years in the motion picture industry.
Wrote a memoir, "The Misery of Success", scheduled for a 2022 release.
Joseph Turkel passed away on June 27, 2022, only three weeks away from what would have been his 95th birthday on July 15.
Appeared in two films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Friendly Persuasion (1956) and The Sand Pebbles (1966).

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