Turkhan Bey - Turkish Delight Actor Dead At 90

Forties film star Turkhan Bey has lost his battle with Parkinson's Disease at the age of 90.

The Austrian actor died in Vienna on 30 September (12).

Bey's good looks won him exotic supporting roles in movies starring Errol Flynn, Katharine Hepburn, John Wayne and Peter Lorre and earned him the Hollywood nickname Turkish Delight.

Born Gilbert Selahettin Schultavey, the actor changed his name upon his arrival in Hollywood, where he was snapped up by talent scouts at Warner Bros. after fleeing Austria to escape the Nazis in the 1930s with his Jewish mother.

He returned to Austria after the movie roles dried up and became an acclaimed photographer.

Bey also tasted TV success in America late in life, when he was cast as Turval in the Babylon 5 sci-fi series in the 1990s.


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