Biography

Ricky Jay (born Richard Jay Potash) was an actor, magician, cardsharp, and film consultant. Ricky's love and deep study of card tricks and deception gained him worldwide fame and respect, and he was often called in to consult for movies and TV shows where deception was a key element of the story. Ricky was an exceptional close-up magician and playing-card handler, but he also acted in movies such as Boogie Nights, Tomorrow Never Dies, and Magnolia, as well as TV shows like the X-Files, HBO's Deadwood, and David Mamet's The Unit, always playing intense characters who seemed to know everything but only handed out information in riddles and suggestions.

Ricky Jay (born Richard Jay Potash) was an actor, magician, cardsharp, and film consultant. Ricky's love and deep study of card tricks and deception gained him worldwide fame and respect, and he was often called in to consult for movies and TV shows where deception was a key element of the story. Ricky was an exceptional close-up magician and playing-card handler, but he also acted in movies such as Boogie Nights, Tomorrow Never Dies, and Magnolia, as well as TV shows like the X-Files, HBO's Deadwood, and David Mamet's The Unit, always playing intense characters who seemed to know everything but only handed out information in riddles and suggestions.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 28

Birthday 1946-06-26

Day of Death 2018-11-24

Place of Birth Brooklyn, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • Richard Jay Potash

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2015 Sneaky Pete (1 episode)
2015 The Automatic Hate as Uncle Josh
2012 Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay as Himself
2010 Lost Masterpieces of Pornography as Narrator
2009 FlashForward (3 episodes) as Man in Warehouse
2008 The Brothers Bloom as Narrator (voice)
2008 Redbelt as Marty Brown
2008 The Great Buck Howard as Gil Bellamy
2007 Ricky Jay Plays Poker as Himself
2006 The Prestige as Milton
2005 Last Days as Detective
2004 Deadwood (0 episodes)
2004 The Making of Last Days as Himself
2001 Heist as Don 'Pinky' Pincus
2000 State and Main as Jack
2000 That Moment: Magnolia Diary as Himself
1999 Magnolia as Narrator/Burt Ramsey
1999 Mystery Men as Vic Weems
1998 The Spanish Prisoner as George Lang
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies as Henry Gupta
1997 Boogie Nights as Kurt Longjohn
1997 Sink or Swim
1996 Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants as Himself
1993 The X-Files (2 episodes)
1991 Homicide as Aaron
1989 The Simpsons (1 episode)
1988 Things Change as Mr. Silver
1987 House of Games as George

Writing

2007 Ricky Jay Plays Poker Writer
2004 Deadwood (1 episode)Writer
1996 Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants Writer

Production

2007 Ricky Jay Plays Poker Executive Producer

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