Grammy winner and co-creator of ‘Hair’ musical, dies at 90
Playing the deserted Overlook Hotel’s ghostly bartender Lloyd in 1980’s “The Shining,” Turkel gave a chilling, iconic performance while serving Jack Nicholson’s unraveling author drinks from behind the haunted bar.
Turkel starred as Dr. Eldon Tyrell, the eccentric creator of replicants in Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic “Blade Runner,” who comforted doomed replicant Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer) by saying, “The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long.” Batty responded by crushing his skull with his hands.
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Born in Brooklyn on July 15, 1927, Turkel joined the army at age 17, serving in Europe during World War II. After the war, he moved to California to pursue an acting career that would last through four decades.
Turkel worked in over 100 projects, including films such as “King Rat,” “The Sand Pebbles,” “The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” and his final film, “The Dark Side of the Moon.”
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In Turkel’s obituary, his family describes him as “a gifted teller of tales from his long and colorful life; from boyhood in the Great Depression, to wartime experiences as a teenage soldier, to his long and productive career onscreen and those he worked with.”