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Ricky Jay (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Ricky Jay (Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Ricky Jay was a magician and popular character actor. Known for his card tricks, he was considered to be one of the greatest hand of sleight magicians. He was a popular character actor, appearing in “Boogie Nights,” “The Prestige,” and “Heist.”

Jay was a favorite of David Mamet, appearing in his movies “House of Games,” “State and Main,” “The Spanish Prisoner,” and “Redbelt.”

He played card shark Eddie Sawyer on the HBO western series “Deadwood.”

Jay was born Richard Jay Potash in Brooklyn, New York. He began his magic career in New York City, opening for music acts including Ike and Tina Turner.

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Published online on November 24, 2018 courtesy of Tributes.com
Ricky Jay was a magician and popular character actor who starred in "Boogie Nights." He died November 24, 2018, at the age of 72, according to multiple news sources. For full obituary and coverage... Read Obituary
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