‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ and ‘Carnivale’ Star Dies After Cancer Battle


After only a year after his diagnosis, actor Brian Turk has died at the age of 49 after his battle with cancer.

According to a statement from his family, the actor died on the morning of Friday, September 13th, after complications from his cancer.

He leaves behind his wife, Emily Wu, who has been physically unable to work full time, and his 8-year-old son, who had described his father as his best friend.

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Diagnosed With Cancer Last Year, But Kept it Quiet

Turk was diagnosed with cancer just a little over a year ago. He battled quietly for most of that time, keeping his diagnosis under wraps so as not to alarm his family and friends. Recently, it had been determined that his cancer was terminal, and there was nothing more that could be done.

A GoFundMe page had been set up on behalf of his family in July, to support Turk and his family with the expenses involved, including living expenses, the cost of vitamins and medicines related to treatment, extensive medical bills, and funeral costs. As of now, the fundraiser has reached close to $30,000 of the $50,000 goal, thanks to 192 donors.

Turk Was Active in Hollywood Since the 1990s, Working on Notable Projects

If you think that Brian Turk’s face looks familiar, you’ve likely seen him in numerous movies and television shows over the years, as he was very active in Hollywood since the 1990s.

Turk appeared in plenty of popular shows over the years, such as Beverly Hills, 90210Saved by the Bell: The New ClassBoy Meets WorldER, and General Hospital. He also appeared on the big screen in movies like The Lost World: Jurassic ParkAmerican Pie 2, and A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

He is most notably known for his role in the dark fantasy television series Carnivale on HBO, on which he appeared from 2003 to 2005. The series aired for two seasons. Turk played a character named Gabriel, a strongman who was the son of a snake charmer.

When the first season aired, it set records for the number of viewers for an HBO original series. In 2004, Carnivale won five Emmys and was nominated for a total of fifteen.