Born in Decatur, Illinois in 1963, Joyner wasn’t exactly a seasoned performer when he landed the gig. After graduating from Indianapolis’ ITT Technical Institute, he spent six years working as a software analyst. However, he did gain experience entertaining kids during his bizarre sideline as a live mannequin at a nearby shopping mall.
But Joyner had always held ambitions of being a small screen star. Speaking to Business Insider the actor revealed, “When I was a kid, I wanted to be on television so bad. I would stand in front of the television and basically lip sync.”