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Ricky Jay

Ricky Jay was born in 1948 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Richard Jay Potash. He is known for his work on The Prestige (2006), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) and Boogie Nights (1997). He is married to Chrisann Verges. See full bio »

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 2015 The Automatic Hate
Uncle Josh
 2014 Getting On (TV Series)
Thoracic Surgeon
- Turnips... North Day... Yes, yes. (2014) ... Thoracic Surgeon
 2013 Breathe Life Radio TV (TV Series)
 2013 Teen Titans Go! (TV Series)
- Double Trouble; the Date (2013) ... Narrator (voice)
 2011 The End of 'Sluggers' (Short)
 2011 The Simpsons (TV Series)
Ricky Jay
- The Great Simpsina (2011) ... Ricky Jay (voice)
 2010 Lost Masterpieces of Pornography (Video short)
 2009-2010 Flashforward (TV Series)
Ted Flosso / Man in Warehouse
- Playing Cards with Coyote (2009) ... Man in Warehouse
 2009 Lie to Me (TV Series)
Mason Brock
- Fold Equity (2009) ... Mason Brock
 2009 Intense
 2007-2009 The Unit (TV Series)
Agent Kern
- Bad Beat (2009) ... Agent Kern
- Pandemonium: Part Two (2007) ... Agent Kern
- Paradise Lost (2007) ... Agent Kern
- Bedfellows (2007) ... Agent Kern
 2008 The Brothers Bloom
Narrator (voice)
 2006-2007 Kidnapped (TV Series)
Roger Prince
- Mutiny (2007) ... Roger Prince
- Gone Fishing (2007) ... Roger Prince
- Number One with a Bullet (2006) ... Roger Prince
- Pilot (2006) ... Roger Prince
 2005 Last Days
 2004 Incident at Loch Ness
Party Guest
 2000 State and Main
 2000 The X-Files (TV Series)
The Amazing Maleeni / Herman Pinchbeck / Albert Pinchbeck
- The Amazing Maleeni (2000) ... The Amazing Maleeni / Herman Pinchbeck / Albert Pinchbeck
 1999 Magnolia
Burt Ramsey / Narrator
 1997/I Hacks
The Hat
 1992 Ring of the Musketeers (TV Movie)
Kerns (as Rickey Jay)
 1992 The Water Engine (TV Movie)
Ratty Inventor
 1991 Civil Wars (TV Series)
Lenny NiCastro
- Pilot (1991) ... Lenny NiCastro
 1991 Homicide
 1988 Things Change
Mr. Silver
 1987 House of Games
George / Vegas Man
 1983 Simon & Simon (TV Series)
- Red Dog Blues (1983) ... Bird
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Other Works:

: Starred in the one-man show "Ricky Jay & His 52 Assistants", directed by David Mamet (McGinn-Cazale Theatre, New York City, New York, USA). Won Obie Award, Special Citation. See more »

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Rickey Jay


5' 6" (1.68 m)

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Famous for his astounding ability to throw playing cards, and is listed in the Guiness Book of World Records for throwing a playing card a hundred and ninety feet at ninety miles an hour. From ten paces he can throw a playing card into the flesh of a watermelon. See more »


Frequently cast in 'David Mamet' and Paul Thomas Anderson movies.

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