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      Ricky Jay

      Ricky Jay

      Highest Rated: 97% House of Games (1987)

      Lowest Rated: 54% Heartbreakers (2001)

      Birthday: Jun 26, 1946

      Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

      Ricky Jay was born Richard Jay Potash on June 26, 1946 in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up in Elizabeth, NJ. He harbored a passion for magic from an early age, and began performing publicly as early as four years of age. He started out performing on local television and at comedy clubs and nightclubs in New York City. Jay lived and performed in the Lake George, NY area in his 20s, before relocating to Los Angeles, CA. His career as a sleight-of-hand magician blossomed, thanks in part to appearances on late night talk shows, earning Jay great notability and even led him to work in other areas of show business, including acting and writing. His first book, Cards as Weapons (1977), was critically revered, and praise attached to follow-up publications. Jay developed a rapport with director David Mamet, appearing in his films "House of Games" (1987), "Things Change" (1988), "Homicide" (1991). In the early 1990s, Jay co-founded a consulting firm called Deceptive Practices that lent his talents as an illusionist to film productions. After appearing in "The Spanish Prisoner" (1997), Jay expanded his acting reach beyond the realm of Mamet, appearing in the James Bond movie "Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997) and working twice with filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, appearing in "Boogie Nights" (1997) and providing narration for "Magnolia" (1999). On the small screen, Jay lent his talents both as an actor and a writer to the Western drama "Deadwood" (HBO 2004-06). He regularly channeled his talents and persona as an illusionist in his film appearances, notably in Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige" (2006) and the Tom Hanks-starring "The Great Buck Howard" (2008). Jay was ultimately the subject of the documentary "Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay" (2012). On Nov. 24, 2018, Jay died at the age of 72.

      Highest rated movies

      House of Games poster House of Games Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay poster
      Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay
      Boogie Nights poster
      Boogie Nights
      The Spanish Prisoner poster
      The Spanish Prisoner
      State and Main poster
      State and Main
      Things Change poster
      Things Change
      Magnolia poster
      The Great Buck Howard poster
      The Great Buck Howard




      67% 48% The Automatic Hate Uncle Josh (Character) - 2015
      93% 71% Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay Unknown (Character) $151.4K 2012
      68% 64% The Brothers Bloom Narrator $3.5M 2008
      71% 49% The Great Buck Howard Gil Bellamy (Character) $748.4K 2008
      67% 65% Redbelt Marty Brown (Character) $2.3M 2008
      58% 50% Last Days Detective (Character) $454.7K 2005
      62% 66% Incident at Loch Ness Party Guest (Character) $36.8K 2004
      68% 59% Heist Don Pineus (Character) $23.5M 2001
      54% 51% Heartbreakers Dawson's Auctioneer (Character) $40.3M 2001
      85% 70% State and Main Jack (Character) $6.9M 2000
      83% 89% Magnolia Burt Ramsey/Prologue Narrator (Character) $22.5M 1999
      60% 57% Mystery Men Victor Weems (Character) $29.8M 1999
      89% 81% The Spanish Prisoner George Lang (Character) $9.6K 1998
      No Score Yet 40% Hacks The Hat (Character) - 1997
      57% 53% Tomorrow Never Dies Henry Gupta (Character) $145.0M 1997
      93% 89% Boogie Nights Kurt Longjohn (Character) $26.4M 1997
      No Score Yet 92% Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants Unknown (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 56% The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky Hawkes (Character) - 1995
      85% 80% Things Change Mr. Silver (Character) $2.3M 1988
      97% 79% House of Games George/Vegas Man (Character) $416.5K 1987


      No Score Yet 38% Teen Titans Go! Narrator 2013
      85% 76% The Simpsons Himself (Guest Voice) 2011
      80% 78% FlashForward Ted Flosso (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet 87% Lie to Me Mason Brock (Guest Star) 2009
      84% 80% The Unit Unknown (Guest Star),
      2007 2009
      92% 95% Deadwood Eddie Sawyer (Guest Star),
      74% 85% The X-Files The Amazing Maleeni/Herman Pinchbeck/Albert Pinchbeck (Guest Star) 2000