Ricky Jay

Ricky Jay

Highest Rated: 96% 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
Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay
Boogie Nights
The Spanish Prisoner
State and Main
Things Change
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
63% 67% Incident at Loch Ness Party Guest (Character) $36.8K 2004
66% 60% 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
61% 57% Mystery Men Victor Weems (Character) $29.8M 1999
89% 80% The Spanish Prisoner George Lang (Character) $9.6K 1998
No Score Yet 40% Hacks The Hat (Character) - 1997
56% 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
83% 79% Things Change Mr. Silver (Character) $2.3M 1988
96% 79% House of Games George/Vegas Man (Character) $416.5K 1987


No Score Yet 34% Teen Titans Go! Narrator 2013
85% 75% The Simpsons Himself (Guest Voice) 2011
80% 77% FlashForward Ted Flosso (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet 88% Lie to Me Mason Brock (Guest Star) 2009
84% 80% The Unit Unknown (Guest Star),
2007 2009
92% 96% Deadwood Eddie Sawyer (Guest Star),
74% 86% The X-Files The Amazing Maleeni/Herman Pinchbeck/Albert Pinchbeck (Guest Star) 2000