Originally from Flomaton, Alabama, Roy was recruited by Auburn University for his skills in football. Roy first gained notoriety due to his uncanny resemblance to Burt Reynolds. He 'dropped in' on several TV talk shows where the audience believed he was Reynolds. This eventually led to a part-time acting career. Though he usually played bit parts in several movies, Roy did star in one movie, 'Don't Change My World' in 1983.