Joseph “Joe” Turkel, best known for his roles in The Shinning and Blade Runner died on Monday, June 27, 2022. He was 94 years old. When he was 16 years old, Joe Turkel enlisted in the US Army and served during World War II. After the war, Mr. Turkel decided on an acting career.
Joe Turkel’s resume contains over 140 credits of television and feature film roles. Some of the television shows that Mr. Turkel appeared on include: The Lone Ranger, Highway Patrol, Sky King, Dragnet, Bat Masterson, Wagon Train, The Untouchables, Combat!, The Andy Griffith Show, The Rat Patrol, Bonanza, Ironside, Land of the Giants, Adam-12, SWAT, Police Story, Kojak, Fantasy Island and Miami Vice.
Some of the feature films in which Joe Turkel appeared include: The Killing, Paths of Glory, The Sand Pebbles, The Shinning and Blade Runner to name just a few.
Joseph Turkel had a face you couldn’t forget. As a kid, I remember seeing Mr. Turkel show up on many of the shows I watched. As an adult I began seeing him in films. Usually, Mr. Turkel played a bad guy, but I knew he was a good guy to see in the credits.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Joseph Turkel’s family, friends and fans.