Wendy Turkel is best known for being the wife of Joe Turkel an American character actor. He is being reported to have passed away on June 27, 2022, at the age of 94 at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. He is known for 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.
Wendy Turkel & Joe Turkel
Not much is known about Wendy Turkel. The two reportedly got married in the 2000s after he separated from his first wife. Turkel was married to Anita J. Turkel, with whom he had two sons. In 1999, he lived in Southern California and wrote screenplays.
Joe Turkel Death & Cause
Joe Turkel passed away on June 27, 2022, at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California. He was 94 years old at the time of his death. He was a prolific actor who appeared in “The Shining” and “Blade Runner” and boasted more than 100 credits to his name.
His death was announced by his family, who said he died peacefully with his sons Craig and Robert by his side.
“R.I.P. Joe Turkel, a phenomenal character actor and Kubrick favourite, also completely unforgettable as Tyrell in Blade Runner.”
R.I.P. Joe Turkel, a phenomenal character actor and Kubrick favorite, also completely unforgettable as Tyrell in Blade Runner. pic.twitter.com/JbtfjgFAQC
— William Friedkin Truths (@LazlosGhost) July 1, 2022
“RIP Joe Turkel. I was always fascinated by the fact that the wilderness footage at the end of BLADE RUNNER was left over from THE SHINING (a kind gift from Kubrick to Scott) & he was in both classic films! Legend!”
Charles de Lauzirika wrote in a Tweet, “One of the very first interviews I ever conducted was with Joe Turkel, and it was quite the baptism. He had such a funny and fierce energy in person but was also a precise, commanding character actor on the screen. As such, he was wonderfully unpredictable. R.I.P. Joe.”