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Robert Joy (1951)

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Robert Joy is a Canadian actor. He is best known for his role as Dr. Sid Hammerback in CSI: NY and playing Charlie in Land of the Dead.

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 early life
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 Clifton Joseph Joy. He attended Corpus Christi College, Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship and Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Joy played Madonna's punk musician boyfriend Jim in 1985's Desperately Seeking Susan. 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 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."

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.

 personal life
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 has been with Broadway composer Henry Krieger since 1995.

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