90210 Actor Dies at Age 49

At just age 49, this actor leaves behind a young son and spouse. Diagnosed with cancer over a year ago, his family shared that it recently was determined to be terminal.

Best known for his roles in television shows like 90210, General Hospital, and Two and a Half Men, Brian Turk has worked on some of the best Hollywood has had to offer over the years.

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Numerous Acting Credits Over The Years

Brian Turk is probably best known for his role as Tiny in 90210, which was one of his first roles. He also played Spike in Saved By The Bell: The New Class before that. Turk has been active in Hollywood since the early 90s, regularly adding at least a few credits to his name each year.

His biggest role was perhaps strong man Gabriel in HBO’s Carnivale, a television show that ran for two seasons between 2003 and 2005. It followed a group of people in a traveling carnival during the 1930s in America’s dustbowl, and focused heavily on the fight between good and evil, looking at concepts of destiny, mythology, and free will.

The first season was heavily praised and had planned to run for six seasons, but was cut to just two after a fading second season. In 2004, Carnivale won five Emmys and was nominated for a total of fifteen.

Turk also had roles in A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Tick, Criminal Minds, General Hospital, and Two and a Half Men. His last credited role in IMBD was in 2017 when he was in NCIS: Los Angeles.

His Cancer

According to close friends, Brian Turk was a very private man and did not tell many people about his cancer. Apparently Turk had been diagnosed with cancer over a year ago and was going through expensive treatments to fight.

When it was determined by his team of doctors that it had become terminal, a family friend started a GoFundMe to help the family.

The money donated to this fund goes to his wife that he left behind, as well as his 8-year-old son who called his father his best friend. As of right now, it has received just over $28,000 of the $50,000 goal.