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B.J. Turner

B.J. Turner, 44, stage actor, died Aug. 1 in Toluca Lake of AIDS.

Turner appeared in dozens of plays in L.A., winning a Drama-Logue Award for his portrayal of Lady Bracknell in “The Importance of Being Ernest” and an L.A. Weekly Award for his pantomime version of “Rumpelstiltskin.”

On TV, he was Slocum in the CBS children’s series “Riders in the Sky” and guest-starred on episodes of “Cheers,””Night Court,””The Facts of Life” and ‘Highway to Heaven,” among others.

Feature film credits include “Private War,””Scarecrows,””The Big Picture, “”Sam’s Son” and “One From the Heart.”

Turner was perhaps best known for his pantomime performances of fairy tales.

Survived by his parents, brother and sister. Donations can be made to the Actors Fund, Hollywood Helps or the Humane Society.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Church of Religious Science, 6161 Whitsett Ave., North Hollywood.

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