Robert Joy


Actor

About

Birth Place
Montreal, Quebec, CA
Born
August 17, 1951

Biography

A compact, lanky, blond who is able to seem controlled and fraught, as well as off-balance, Robert Joy is an actor who has worked in leading and supporting roles on stage and screen. Born and raised in Canada, he spent three years with the Newfoundland Company CODCO as an actor, writer and composer. Joy was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford before landing in NYC to pursue an acting career. His...

Family & Companions

Mary Shontkroff
Wife
Actor. Divorced.

Biography

A compact, lanky, blond who is able to seem controlled and fraught, as well as off-balance, Robert Joy is an actor who has worked in leading and supporting roles on stage and screen. Born and raised in Canada, he spent three years with the Newfoundland Company CODCO as an actor, writer and composer. Joy was a Rhodes scholar at Oxford before landing in NYC to pursue an acting career. His first Off-Broadway work was as Peter Van Daan in "The Diary of Anne Frank" (1978-79). His subsequent appearances include John Guare's "Lydie Breeze" (1982), the 1983 world premiere of Roger Miller's musical "Big River" (in which he originated the role of Huck Finn at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts) and the Broadway productions of Noel Coward's "Hay Fever" (1985-86), opposite Rosemary Harris and Campbell Scott, and "The Nerd" (1987). He originated the role of Julian Hyde, an actor with a secret during the Golden Age of Motion Pictures in "Hyde in Hollywood" (1989), a role he recreated for PBS' "American Playhouse" in 1991.

Joy made his feature debut in Louis Malle's "Atlantic City" (1981). It was his character that sets the film's story in motion. He portrayed Dave, husband of Sally (Susan Sarandon), a small-time hood who steals a cache of drugs and uses a retired criminal (Burt Lancaster) as an errand boy. He is murdered and his death brings Lancaster and Sarandon together. In Milos Foreman's "Ragtime" (also 1981), Joy was Harry K. Thaw, the mentally-disturbed assassin in love with stage star Evelyn Nesbit (Elizabeth McGovern). Among his many other screen appearances are memorable turns as Madonna's musician boyfriend in Susan Seidelman's "Desperately Seeking Susan" (1985), Dianne Wiest's suitor who turns out to be homosexual in Woody Allen's "Radio Days" (1987), an agitated AIDS patient in Norman Rene's "Longtime Companion" and Sherman the Robot in "Millennium" (both 1989). He reteamed with Allen for a small role in "Shadows and Fog" (1991), and played supporting roles in James L Brooks' "I'll Do Anything" (1994), "Pharoah's Army" (as a Union soldier) and "Waterworld" (both 1995).

Joy's TV work has been a bit more sporadic. He was in the CBS movie "Escape From Iran: The Canadian Caper" (1981), the story of a rescue mission devised by Ross Perot, and played an Israeli agent in "Sword of Gideon" (HBO, 1986). Joy has also appeared with Tracey Ullman and as Lorenzo Tapping in three "American Playhouse" (PBS) productions based on Owen Johnson's "The Lawrenceville Stories": "The Prodigious Hickey" (1987), "The Return of Hickey" (1988), and "The Beginning of the Firm" (1989).

Adept with music, Joy was film composer, music director, associate producer and star of "The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood" (1986), an independent film he worked on after studying at the Sundance Film Institute.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Goldfinch (2019)
Superhero Movie (2008)
Down to the Dirt (2008)
It's a Boy Girl Thing (2008)
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)
The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
Whole New Thing (2006)
Pretty Persuasion (2005)
Cast
Land of the Dead (2005)
Helter Skelter (2004)
Killer Instinct: From the Files of Candice Delong (2003)
Dr Rene Sutter
Just Ask My Children (2001)
District Attorney Sam Bennis
Joe Somebody (2001)
61* (2001)
The Shipping News (2001)
Sweet November (2001)
Nuremberg (2000)
Resurrection (1999)
The Divine Ryans (1998)
Donald Ryan
Fallen (1998)
Charles
A Time to Kill (1996)
Harriet the Spy (1996)
Waterworld (1995)
Pharaoh's Army (1995)
Chicago
Henry & Verlin (1995)
Ferris
Death Wish V: The Face Of Death (1994)
A Modern Affair (1994)
Ernest Pohlsab
I'll Do Anything (1994)
Us Marshal
Switching Parents (1993)
Ralph Kingsley
The Dark Half (1993)
Shadows And Fog (1991)
Judgment (1990)
She's Back (1989)
Longtime Companion (1989)
Millennium (1989)
Sherman
The Suicide Club (1987)
Michael Collins
Radio Days (1987)
Big Shots (1987)
Dickie
The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood (1986)
Eddy Peddle
Sword of Gideon (1986)
Terminal Choice (1985)
Dr Rimmer
Desperately Seeking Susan (1985)
Joshua Then and Now (1985)
Amityville 3: The Demon (1983)
Threshold (1983)
David Art
Escape From Iran: The Canadian Caper (1981)
Mark Lijek
Ragtime (1981)
Ticket to Heaven (1981)
Atlantic City (1980)

Cast (Special)

The Nerd (1996)
Tracey Ullman Takes on New York (1993)
MTV, Give Me Back My Life: A Harvard Lampoon Parody (1991)
Hyde in Hollywood (1991)
The Beginning of the Firm (1989)
The Return of Hickey (1988)
The Prodigious Hickey (1987)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Haven (2001)
Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace (2000)
The 70's (2000)
Hal Shales
Seasons of Love (1999)
Jim Brewster
Mary Higgins Clark's Moonlight Becomes You (1998)
Dangerous Offender: The Marlene Moore Story (1996)
Woman on the Run: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story (1993)
The First Circle (1991)

Life Events

1978

Off-Broadway debut, "The Diary of Anne Frank" as Peter Van Daan

1981

Film debut, Dave in "Atlantic City"

1985

Co-starred, "Desperately Seeking Susan"

1986

Starred in, wrote music score for and was associate producer for "The Adventures of Faustus Bidgood"

1987

Appeared as Lorenzo Tapping in "The Prodigious Hickey" on PBS' "American Playhouse"

1988

Played Tapping again in "The Return of Hickey" for PBS' "American Playhouse"

1989

Reprised Tapping in the third installment, "The Beginning of the Firm" ("American Playhouse", PBS)

1989

Starred as Julian Hyde in "Hyde in Hollywood" at American Place Theatre

1991

Reprised role in "Hyde in Hollywood" for PBS' "American Playhouse"

1996

Co-starred in busted NBC pilot of "The Nerd" based on Broadway play

2006

Co-starred in a remake of the Wes Craven thriller, "The Hills Have Eyes"

Family

Clifton Joseph Joy
Father
Flora Louise Joy
Mother
Ruby Joy
Daughter

Companions

Mary Shontkroff
Wife
Actor. Divorced.

Bibliography