Robert Joy (born August 17, 1951) is a Canadian actor. He is best known for his roles as Dr. Sid Hammerback in CSI: NY, Charlie Houx in Land of the Dead, Lizard in The Hills Have Eyes, Dave in Atlantic City, and Jim in Desperately Seeking Susan.
|Known for||Dr. Sid Hammerback (CSI: NY)|
Charlie Houx (Land of the Dead)
(m. 1979, divorced)
Joy was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and grew up in St. John's, Newfoundland. He is the son of Flora Louise (née Pike) and Dr. Clifton Joseph Joy, a physician and politician. He attended Corpus Christi College, Oxford, on a Rhodes Scholarship and Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Joy played Madonna's punk musician boyfriend Jim in 1985's Desperately Seeking Susan, and the Dutch-Israeli Hans in the 1986 Alliance/CTV production Sword of Gideon, an adaptation of George Jonas's book Vengeance.
In 1998, he appeared in Gregory Hoblit's thriller Fallen, where he fit into the all-star cast that included Denzel Washington, Donald Sutherland, James Gandolfini, and John Goodman. In 2005, he had a lead role as the simple-minded sharpshooter Charlie Houx in George A. Romero's zombie film Land of the Dead.
In the fall of 2005, Joy joined the CBS police procedural series, CSI: NY, during its second season as a recurring character, Dr. Sid Hammerback, the Chief Medical Examiner, and became a main cast member in season five. Joy stated, "I basically read the script and then look up everything on Wikipedia that I don't know, and try to find out how to pronounce all the long words and get my head around actually what it is that I'm conveying, because often my character has a lot of explaining to do."
In 2006, Joy appeared onscreen in Alexandre Aja's remake of The Hills Have Eyes where he portrays a mutant named Lizard. He also starred as Ted Bedworth, father of Samaire Armstrong's character Nell Bedworth, in the 2006 romantic comedy It's a Boy Girl Thing. In 2007, Joy played the character of Colonel Stevens in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. He appeared as Dr. Stephen Hawking in the comedy, Superhero Movie in 2008.
In addition to his acting, Joy was frequently associated with the Newfoundland-based CODCO, working with the comedy troupe on many of their pre-television stage shows and appearing as a guest performer in the series. He also co-starred in the 1986 Andy Jones film, The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood, the only film that features the entire cast of CODCO.
He appeared as himself in the 2012 documentary film That Guy... Who Was in That Thing.
Joy has had on-going stage engagements on Broadway and throughout US, most recently appearing as Charles in King Charles III at Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC (February 7 - March 18, 2017). and as Crito and the poet Mellitus in “Socrates” at The Public Theater, New York, NY, which ran from April through June 3, 2019.
Joy is divorced from actress Mary Joy. They have one daughter, Ruby Joy, who is an actress. In the summer of 2011, Joy and his daughter performed together in Shakespeare's The Tempest. Joy was formerly the partner of actor William Duff-Griffin, who died from prostate cancer on November 13, 1994, and has been in a relationship with Broadway composer Henry Krieger since 1995.
|1980||Atlantic City||Dave Matthews||Nominated – Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role|
|1981||Ticket to Heaven||Patrick|
|Ragtime||Henry "Harry" Kendall Thaw|
|1983||Amityville 3-D||Elliot West|
|1985||Desperately Seeking Susan||Jim|
|Terminal Choice||Dr. Harvey Rimmer|
|Joshua Then and Now||Colin Fraser|
|1986||The Adventure of Faustus Bidgood||Eddie Peddle|
|1988||The Suicide Club||Michael Collins|
|Millennium||Sherman the Robot|
|1991||Shadows and Fog||Spiro's Assistant|
|1993||The Dark Half||Fred Clawson|
|1994||Death Wish V: The Face of Death||Freddie Flakes|
|1995||A Modern Affair||Sperm Bank Technician|
|1996||Harriet the Spy||Ben Welsch|
|1997||Henry & Verlin||Ferris|
|2000||Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace||Manfred Roeder|
|2001||Sweet November||Raeford Dunne|
|2001||The Shipping News||EMS Officer|
|2005||Land of the Dead||Charlie|
|Whole New Thing||Rog|
|2006||The Hills Have Eyes||Lizard|
|Dinner For One||Man|
|It's a Boy Girl Thing||Ted Bedworth|
|2007||Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem||Col. Stevens|
|2008||Superhero Movie||Dr. Stephen Hawking|
|Down to the Dirt||Robert Kavanagh|
|2018||Crown and Anchor||Doug|
|2019||The Goldfinch||Welton "Welty" Blackwell|
|1974||The National Dream: Building the Impossible Railway||Carter||TV miniseries|
|1981||Escape from Iran: The Canadian Caper||Mark Lijek||TV movie|
|1985–1989||The Equalizer||Jacob Stock||5 episodes|
|1985||Moonlighting||Clark Greydon||1 episode: "My Fair David"|
|1986||Miracle at Moreaux||Major Braun||TV movie|
|Sword of Gideon||Hans||TV movie|
|1987||The Lawrenceville Stories||Mr. Tapping||TV miniseries|
|1989||Miami Vice||Sebastian Ross||1 episode: "Miami Squeeze"|
|1990||Judgment||Mr. Hummel||TV movie|
|1991||Grand Larceny||Henry Piggott||TV movie|
|The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd||Christopher DeWitt||1 episode: "Here's How to Break the Other Leg"|
|Hyde in Hollywood||Julian Hyde||TV movie|
|1992||The Ray Bradbury Theater||Booth||1 episode: "Downwind from Gettysburg"|
|Gregory K||Ralph Kingsley||TV movie|
|Maniac Mansion||Pony||1 episode: "Love Letters"|
|Woman on Trial: The Lawrencia Bembenek Story||Sheldon Zenner||TV movie|
|Tracey Ullman Takes on New York||Disgruntled Ex-Employee||TV movie|
|1995||Law & Order||Leo Barnett||1 episode: "Pride"|
|New York Undercover||Glenn Holloway||1 episode: "Tag, You're Dead"|
|The Marshal||Thomas Borden||1 episode: "Pass the Gemelli"|
|Side Effects||Connor Dennison||1 episode: "Paying the Price"|
|1996||Wings||Dr. Grayson||1 episode: "One Flew Over the Cooper's Nest"|
|The Nerd||Rick Steadman||TV pilot|
|Dangerous Offender: The Marlene Moore Story||Dr. Steve Gibson||TV movie|
|Moonlight Becomes You||Earl Bateman||TV movie|
|1998||Law & Order||Louis Dutton||1 episode: "Stalker"|
|The Outer Limits||Dr. Greg Olander||1 episode: "Identity Crisis"|
|1999||Becker||Tetzoff||1 episode: "P.C. World"|
|Seasons of Love||Jim Brewster||TV movie|
|Snoops||Walter Byrd||1 episode: "Singer in the Band"|
|Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place||Ed||1 episode: "Halloween 2: Mind Over Body"|
|2000||Nash Bridges||Norman Craft||1 episode: "Heist"|
|Relic Hunter||Dr. Flaubert||1 episode: "Dagger of Death"|
|2001||Haven||Lawrence Dickson||TV movie|
|Star Trek: Voyager||Inspector Yerid||1 episode: "Workforce: Part 2"|
|61*||Bob Fitschel||TV movie|
|Titus||Father Crawford||1 episode: "The Wedding"|
|Gideon's Crossing||Andy Alter||1 episode: "Is There a Wise Man in the House?"|
|Just Ask My Children||Sam Bennis||TV movie|
|The Guardian||Larry Hines||1 episode: "Loyalties"|
|2002||Crossing Jordan||Ethan Grady||1 episode: "Blood Relatives"|
|MDs||Frank Coones||All 10 episodes|
|2003||The Agency||Mr. Thornby||1 episode: "Absolute Bastard"|
|Without a Trace||Josh's Father||1 episode: "Victory for Humanity"|
|Alias||Dr. Hans Jürgens||1 episode: "Second Double"|
|2004||Malcolm in the Middle||Danny||1 episode: "Hot Tub"|
|Helter Skelter||Detective Morrisy||TV movie|
|Sex Traffic||Major James Brooke||TV movie|
|Everybody Loves Raymond||Mr. Putnam||1 episode: "Ally's F"|
|2004–2005||Boston Legal||A.D.A. Preston||2 episodes: "Change of Course" and "Tortured Souls"|
|2005||Medium||Dr. Kenneth Holloway||1 episode: "Penny for Your Thoughts"|
|E-Ring||Mark Boskovich||1 episode: "Pilot"|
|2005–2013||CSI: NY||Dr. Sid Hammerback||168 episodes; main character|
|2006||Commander in Chief||Frank Devane||1 episode: "State of the Unions"|
|2010, 2013||Republic of Doyle||Al Kavanagh||3 episodes|
|2014||Grey's Anatomy||Marty||1 episode: "I'm Winning"|
|The Mentalist||Alexander Lark||1 episode: "Black Hearts"|
|2015||Defiance||Monguno's Father||2 episodes|
|Hand of God||Ira Goldstein||2 episodes|
- Ouzounian, Richard (June 28, 2011). "CSI: Barrie – Robert Joy tackles The Tempest" Archived 2011-07-04 at the Wayback Machine. Toronto Star. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
- "Robert Joy: Frank Coones on MDs". WCHS-TV. Retrieved February 10, 2009.
- "Robert Joy Biography (1951–)". Film Reference. Retrieved February 10, 2009.
- "Robert Joy Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved February 10, 2009.
- Joy, Robert. "'Production: Shoot to Kill' – CSI: NY (season 5)", (@5:34). CBS Broadcasting, Inc., 2009. DVD.
- Blenkhorn, Leigh (June 9, 2011). "CSI: NY coroner plays Prospero". Barrie Advance (Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada). Retrieved June 15, 2011.
- "https://www.nytimes.com/1994/11/22/obituaries/william-duff-griffin-stage-actor-dies.html?mcubz=1 "William Duff-Griffin, Stage Actor, Dies". The New York Times, November 22, 1994.
- Doolan, Susan (June 11, 2011). "Joy gets to join his daughter on stage". The Barrie Examiner (Barrie, Ontario, Canada). Retrieved June 15, 2011.