Turkel's most famous roles are Dr. Eldon Tyrell, the wealthy industrialist with a God - complex in Ridley Scott's Blade Runner (1982), and Lloyd the Bartender, 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), Paths of Glory (1957), and in The Shining.
Turkel worked steadily from 1949 - 1998 in both film and television. He retired in 1998. He still makes the occasional appearance at fan conventions even at the age of 89.