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Fast Facts

  • 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).


  • 1981, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2006, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee


  • Flora Louise Joy — Mother
  • Ruby Joy — Daughter
  • Mary Shontkroff — Ex-wife
  • Clifton Joseph Joy — Father


  • Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada; University of Oxford, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, England

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  • Birth Place: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Birthday: August 17, 1951, Leo
  • Profession: Actor, Composer

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