July 15, 1927
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Joe Turkel (born July 15, 1927) is an American character actor of film and television. He is credited in several films as Joseph Turkel.
Turkel was born in Brooklyn, New York. When he was sixteen years old he joined the United States Army and served in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. He currently lives in southern California, and has been involved in writing screenplays.
His most 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). He has the distinction of being 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 the doomed Private Arnaud), and in The Shining.
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); The Sand Pebbles (1966) as Bronson; The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967) as Chicago gangster Jake "Greasy Thumb" Guzik; and the 1988 horror feature The Dark Side of the Moon.
On November 13, 1956, Turkel appeared on the ABC/Desilu western 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, played by actress Margaret Hayes. Rellance, actually an historical person, clashes with Dora's older suitor, Mayor James H. "Dog" Kelley, played by Paul Brinegar in the episode entitled "So Long, Dora, So Long". Rellance sets out to kill Kelley but instead shoots Dora to death in a cabin where Rellance believed Kelley, rather than Dora, to be sleeping.
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, the other played by Robert "Bobby" Jordan.
He stated in a 2014 interview that Paths of Glory is his favorite film in which he appeared.
- City Across the River (1949) - Shimmy Stockton
- Sword in the Desert (1949) - Haganah Soldier (uncredited)
- Johnny Stool Pigeon (1949) - Bellboy (uncredited)
- Angels in Disguise (1949) - Johnny Mutton
- Lucky Losers (1950) - Johnny Angelo
- Federal Man (1950) - Jack 'Sneeze' Norton
- Triple Trouble (1950) - Benny the Blood
- Southside 1-1000 (1950) - Frankie
- Halls of Montezuma (1951) - Marine (uncredited)
- Fixed Bayonets! (1951) - Soldier (uncredited)
- Starlift (1951) - Litter Case (uncredited)
- Down Among the Sheltering Palms (1953) - Pvt. Harris (uncredited)
- The Glass Wall (1953) - Freddie Zakoyla
- A Slight Case of Larceny (1953) - Holdup Man (uncredited)
- Man Crazy (1953) - Ray
- Duffy of San Quentin (1954) - Frank Roberts
- Gypsy Colt (1954) - Chuck (uncredited)
- Return from the Sea (1954) - Sailor (uncredited)
- The Human Jungle (1954) - Delinquent Hood (uncredited)
- The Bamboo Prison (1954) - P.O.W. (uncredited)
- Cell 2455, Death Row (1955) - Curly (uncredited)
- Mad at the World (1955) - Pete Johnson
- The Naked Street (1955) - Shimmy
- Lucy Gallant (1955) - One of Casey's Air Force Buddies (uncredited)
- Inside Detroit (1956) - Pete Link
- The Killing (1956) - Tiny
- The Proud and Profane (1956) - Patient with Cards (uncredited)
- Friendly Persuasion (1956) - Poor Loser (uncredited)
- The Shadow on the Window (1957) - Lounger (uncredited)
- Hellcats of the Navy (1957) - Chick
- Beau James (1957) - Reporter (uncredited)
- The Midnight Story (1957) - Lothario at Dance (uncredited)
- Jeanne Eagels (1957) - Eddie, Reporter (uncredited)
- House of Numbers (1957) - Bradville - Convict (uncredited)
- Paths of Glory (1957) - Pvt. Pierre Arnaud
- The Beast of Budapest (1958) - Martin
- The Bonnie Parker Story (1958) - Chuck Darrow
- The Case Against Brooklyn (1958) - Henchman Monte
- Verboten! (1959) - Infantryman
- Warlock (1959) - Chet Haggin (uncredited)
- Here Come the Jets (1959) - Henley
- The Purple Gang (1959) - Eddie Olsen
- Visit to a Small Planet (1960) - Malcolm (uncredited)
- The Boy and the Pirates (1960) - Abu the Genie
- Tormented (1960) - Nick, The Blackmailer
- Portrait of a Mobster (1961) - Joe Noe
- The Yellow Canary (1963) - Policeman
- Johnny Cool (1963) - Hoodlum (uncredited)
- The Carpetbaggers (1964) - Reporter (uncredited)
- Combat! (1965) - Pvt. Klimmer
- Village of the Giants (1965) - Sheriff
- King Rat (1965) - Dino
- The Sand Pebbles (1966) - Seaman Bronson
- The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967) - Jake 'Greasy Thumb' Guzik
- The Rat Patrol (1967) - Capt. Bruener
- The Devil's 8 (1969) - Sam
- Scream Free! (1969) - (uncredited)
- Five Savage Men (1970) - Peyote
- Six Hundred and Sixty-Six (1972) - Col. Ferguson
- Black Jack (1972) - Corazza
- Cycle Psycho (1973) - Harry
- The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975) - Man Upstairs (uncredited)
- The Hindenburg (1975) - Detective Moore
- The Commitment (1976) - Jules
- Which Way Is Up? (1977) - Harry Boatwright
- The Shining (1980) - Lloyd
- Blade Runner (1982) - Dr. Eldon Tyrell
- The Dark Side of the Moon (1990) - Paxton Warner
- "A One on One Chat with Joe Turkel, Blade Runner's Dr. Eldon Tyrell". Blade Zone: The Online Blade Runner Fan Club.
- Joe Turkel, Co Star of "Blade Runner" and "The Shining", at Days Of The Dead Horror Con
- "Occupy Seattle_Joseph Turkel". Retrieved 4 February 2014.