- 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).
- 2006, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- 1981, Genie Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
- Mary Shontkroff — Ex-wife
- Ruby Joy — Daughter
- Flora Louise Joy — Mother
- Clifton Joseph Joy — Father
- Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada; University of Oxford, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, England