Joe Turkel

Joe Turkel (born July 15, 1927) is an American character actor.

Joe Turkel
Joseph Turkel

(1927-07-15) July 15, 1927 (age 93)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
OccupationActor, screenwriter
Years active1948–1999
Political partyDemocratic
Military career
Service/branchUnited States Army
Battles/warsWorld War II

Early lifeEdit

Turkel was born in Brooklyn, New York. When he was 16 years old, he joined the United States Army and served in the European Theater of Operations during World War II.


His more 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).[1] He is 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 Private Arnaud), and in The Shining (1980, as Lloyd).

His first film appearance was 1948's City Across the River. Other film appearances include Bert I. Gordon's The Boy and the Pirates as Abu the Genie and Tormented (both 1960); as a gangster-sidekick in The Purple Gang; a prisoner of war named Dino in King Rat; The Sand Pebbles (1966) as Bronson; The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967) as Chicago gangster Jake "Greasy Thumb" Guzik; and the 1990 horror feature The Dark Side of the Moon.

On November 13, 1956, Turkel appeared on the television series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp as Jim Rellance, a young Texas cowhand who is infatuated with Dora Hand, a dance hall singer in Dodge City, Kansas.

Turkel's other television appearances include Sky King (in the 1957 episode "Mystery Horse"), Frontier Doctor, U.S. Marshal, The Asphalt Jungle, Mackenzie's Raiders, Kojak, Tales from the Darkside, and Miami Vice (in the episode "Indian Wars"). He played the creepy janitor in the season 5 episode, "And Then There Was Shawn" of Boy Meets World.

He also appeared on Bonanza three times, including the 1961 episode "The Many Faces of Gideon Flinch", playing one of two of Bullet Head Burke's right-hand men.

In 1999, he lived in southern California and wrote screenplays.[2]

He said in a 2014 interview that Paths of Glory was the favorite among his films.[3]

Political viewsEdit

When he attended a 2014 rally in Occupy Seattle, he referred to himself as a "Liberal Progressive Democrat".[4]



  1. ^ Raw, Laurence (2009). The Ridley Scott Encyclopedia. Scarecrow Press. p. 307. ISBN 9780810869523. Retrieved 26 May 2019.
  2. ^ "A One on One Chat with Joe Turkel, Blade Runner's Dr. Eldon Tyrell". Blade Zone: The Online Blade Runner Fan Club.
  3. ^ Joe Turkel, Co Star of "Blade Runner" and "The Shining", at Days Of The Dead Horror Con
  4. ^ "Occupy Seattle_Joseph Turkel". Retrieved 4 February 2014.

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