Robert Joy

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Robert Joy
Born(1951-08-17) August 17, 1951 (age 63)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Years active1974–present
Known forDr. Sid Hammerback (CSI: NY)
Charlie Houx (Land of the Dead)
Spouse(s)Mary Joy (1979-?: divorced)
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Robert Joy
Born(1951-08-17) August 17, 1951 (age 63)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Years active1974–present
Known forDr. Sid Hammerback (CSI: NY)
Charlie Houx (Land of the Dead)
Spouse(s)Mary Joy (1979-?: divorced)

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.

Early life[edit]

Joy was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada[1] and grew up in St John's, Newfoundland.[2] He is the son of Flora Louise (née Pike) and Clifton Joseph Joy.[3] He attended Corpus Christi College, Oxford, on a Rhodes Scholarship and Memorial University of Newfoundland.[4]


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 latest zombie movie, Land of the Dead.

In the fall of 2005, Joy joined the CBS television show, 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."[5]

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.

Personal life[edit]

Joy is divorced from actress Mary Joy.[6][7] 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.[8] Joy has been with Broadway composer Henry Krieger since 1995.[9]


1980Atlantic CityDave MatthewsNominated – Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
1981Ticket to HeavenPatrick
ThresholdDavid Art
RagtimeHenry 'Harry' Kendall Thaw
1983Amityville 3-DElliot West
1985Desperately Seeking SusanJim
Terminal ChoiceDr. Harvey Rimmer
Joshua Then and NowColin Fraser
1986The Adventure of Faustus BidgoodEddie Peddle
1987Radio DaysFred
Big ShotsDickie
1988The Suicide ClubMichael Collins
1989She's BackPaul
MillenniumSherman the Robot
Longtime CompanionRon
1991Shadows and FogSpiro's Assistant
1993The Dark HalfFred Clawson
1994Death Wish V: The Face of DeathFreddie Flakes
1995WaterworldLedger Guy
1996Harriet the SpyBen Welsch
1997Henry & VerlinFerris
1998FallenCharles Olom
1999ResurrectionGerald Demus
2000Bonhoeffer: Agent of GraceManfred Roeder
2001Sweet NovemberRaeford Dunne
2001The Shipping NewsEMS Officer
2005Land of the DeadCharlie
Whole New ThingRog
2006The Hills Have EyesLizard
Dinner For OneMan
It's a Boy Girl ThingTed Bedworth
2007Aliens vs. Predator: RequiemCol. Stevens
2008Superhero MovieDr. Stephen Hawking
Down to the DirtRobert Kavanagh


1974The National Dream: Building the Impossible RailwayCarterTV mini-series
1981Escape from Iran: The Canadian CaperMark LijekTV movie
19851989The EqualizerJacob Stock5 episodes
1985MoonlightingClark Greydon1 episode: "My Fair David"
1986Miracle at MoreauxMajor BraunTV movie
The Lawrenceville StoriesMr. TappingTV mini-series
Sword of GideonHansTV movie
1987American PlayhouseTapping1 episode: "The Prodigious Hickey"
1989Miami ViceSebastian Ross1 episode: "Miami Squeeze"
1990JudgmentMr. HummelTV movie
1991Grand LarcenyHenry PiggottTV movie
The Days and Nights of Molly DoddChristopher DeWitt1 episode: "Here's How to Break the Other Leg"
Hyde in HollywoodJulian HydeTV movie
1992The Ray Bradbury TheaterBooth1 episode: "Downwind from Gettysburg"
1993DieppeHughes-HallettTV movie
Gregory KRalph KingsleyTV movie
Maniac MansionPony1 episode: "Love Letters"
Woman on Trial: The Lawrencia Bembenek StorySheldon ZennerTV movie
Tracey Takes on New YorkDisgruntled Ex-EmployeeTV movie
1995Law & OrderLeo Barnett1 episode: "Pride"
New York UndercoverGlenn Holloway1 episode: "Tag, You're Dead"
The MarshalThomas Borden1 episode: "Pass the Gemelli"
Side EffectsConnor Dennison1 episode: "Paying the Price"
1996WingsDr. Grayson1 episode: "One Flew Over the Cooper's Nest"
The NerdRick SteadmanTV Pilot
Dangerous Offender: The Marlene Moore StoryDr. Steve GibsonTV movie
Moonlight Becomes YouEarl BatemanTV movie
1998Law & OrderLouis Dutton1 episode: "Stalker"
The Outer LimitsDr. Greg Olander1 episode: "Identity Crisis"
1999BeckerTetzoff1 episode: "P.C. World"
Seasons of LoveJim BrewsterTV movie
SnoopsWalter Byrd1 episode: "Singer in the Band"
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza PlaceEd1 episode: "Halloween 2: Mind Over Body"
2000Nash BridgesNorman Craft1 episode: "Heist"
Relic HunterDr. Flaubert1 episode: "Dagger of Death"
2001HavenLawrence DicksonTV movie
Star Trek: VoyagerInspector Yerid1 episode: "Workforce: Part 2"
61*Bob FitschelTV movie
TitusFather Crawford1 episode: "The Wedding"
Gideon's CrossingAndy Alter1 episode: "Is There a Wise Man in the House?"
Just Ask My ChildrenSam BennisTV movie
The GuardianLarry Hines1 episode: "Loyalties"
2002Crossing JordanEthan Grady1 episode: "Blood Relatives"
MDsFrank CoonesAll 10 episodes
2003The AgencyMr. Thornby1 episode: "Absolute Bastard"
Without a TraceJosh's Father1 episode: "Victory for Humanity"
AliasDr. Hans Jürgens1 episode: "Second Double"
2004Malcolm in the MiddleDanny1 episode: "Hot Tub"
Helter SkelterDetective MorrisyTV movie
Sex TrafficMajor James BrookeTV movie
Everybody Loves RaymondMr. Putnam1 episode: "Ally's F"
20042005Boston LegalA.D.A. Preston2 episodes: "Change of Course" and "Tortured Souls"
2005MediumDr. Kenneth Holloway1 episode: "Penny for Your Thoughts"
E-RingMark Boskovich1 episode: "Pilot"
20052013CSI: NYDr. Sid Hammerback168 episodes as credited, but didn't actually appear in all of them
2006Commander in ChiefFrank Devane1 episode: "State of the Unions"
2010, 2013Republic of DoyleAl Kavanaugh3 episodes
2014Grey's AnatomyMarty1 episode: "I'm Winning"


  1. ^ Ouzounian, Richard (June 28, 2011). "CSI: Barrie – Robert Joy tackles The Tempest". Toronto Star. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  2. ^ "Robert Joy: Frank Coones on MDs". WCHS-TV. Retrieved February 10, 2009.
  3. ^ "Robert Joy Biography (1951–)". Film Reference. Retrieved February 10, 2009.
  4. ^ "Robert Joy Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved February 10, 2009.
  5. ^ Joy, Robert. "'Production: Shoot to Kill' – CSI: NY The Fifth Season", (@5:34). CBS Broadcasting, Inc., 2009. DVD.
  6. ^ "Biography for Robert Joy". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved July 17, 2011.
  7. ^ "Biography for Mary Joy". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved July 19, 2011.
  8. ^ Blenkhorn, Leigh (June 9, 2011). "CSI: NY coroner plays Prospero". Barrie Advance (Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada). Retrieved June 15, 2011.
  9. ^ Doolan, Susan (June 11, 2011). "Joy gets to join his daughter on stage". The Barrie Examiner (Barrie, Ontario, Canada). Retrieved June 15, 2011.

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