Robert Joy

Active - 1980 - 2021  |   Born - Aug 17, 1951 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada  |   Genres - Drama, Comedy, Comedy Drama, Crime, Horror

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Canadian actor Robert Joy has been appearing in films on both sides of the Canada/U.S. border since the 1970s. He has always been a welcome presence, even when the scripts took pains not to make him feel welcome. As Susan Sarandon's husband in Atlantic City (1981), Joy stuck around just long enough to be bumped off by drug dealers. And as demented socialite Harry K. Thaw in Ragtime (1981), Joy existed principally to shoot Stanford White (Norman Mailer) full of holes and then get thrown in the looney bin. One of Robert Joy's largest, and most unorthodox, film assignments was as the would-be political demagogue (and one-time flamenco dancer) in the Newfoundland-based The Adventures of Faustus Bidgood (1986). Over the next several years, Joy would continue to remain an ongoing force on screen, appearing in films like Joe Somebody, Pretty Persuasion, Land of the Dead, and Superhero Movie. He would find success with a starring role on the long running crime proceedural CSI: NY.

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  • Was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford.
  • Performed in many theater productions in his native Canada as a member of the Newfoundland Traveling Theatre Company and the comedy troupe CODCO.
  • Played the part of Peter in a Toronto production of The Diary of Anne Frank (1978) and later reprised the role in the United States when the play moved to New York.
  • Was cast as the boyfriend of Madonna's character in Desperately Seeking Susan (1985).
  • Composed music for the independent film The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood (1986), a production featuring fellow CODCO alumni that he also costarred in. 
  • Has appeared in two Woody Allen movies: Radio Days (1987) and Shadows and Fog (1992).