June 26, 1946 – November 24, 2018

Age: 72
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Cause of Death: Unknown

Known more for his work as a master magician, Richard Jay Potash, or Ricky Jay as he was dubbed professionally, would find work in television and film using his gift for the sleight of hand. Most notably, he would star in the films “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia,” and “The Prestige.” He would also star in hit television series like “The X-Files” and “Deadwood.” Although he may be gone, his legacy will live on in his work forever.


1987 House of Games George / Vegas Man
1988 Things Change Mr. Silver
1991 Homicide Aaron
1997 The Spanish Prisoner George Lang
1997 Boogie Nights Kurt Longjohn
1997 Hacks The Hat
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies Henry Gupta
1999 Mystery Men
Vic Weems
1999 Magnolia Burt Ramsey / Narrator
2000 State and Main Jack
2001 Heartbreakers Dawson’s Auctioneer
2001 Heist Don ‘Pinky’ Pincus
2004 Incident at Loch Ness Party Guest
2005 Last Days
2006 The Prestige Milton
2008 The Great Buck Howard Gil Bellamy
2008 Redbelt Marty Brown
2008 The Brothers Bloom Narrator (voice)
2011 The End of ‘Sluggers’ (Short) n/a
2015 The Automatic Hate
Uncle Josh


1983 Simon & Simon Bird Episode: “Red Dog Blues”
1985 A Midsummer Night’s Dream Philostrate Television movie
1991 The Thrill Is Gone Dealer Television movie
1991 Civil Wars
Lenny NiCastro Episode: “Pilot”
1992 The Water Engine Ratty Inventor Television movie
1992 Ring of the Musketeers Kerns Television movie
1993 Magiskt Magic film clip 3 Episodes
1995 The Ranger, the Cook and a Hole in the Sky Hawkes Television movie
2000 The X-Files The Amazing Maleeni Episode: “The Amazing Maleeni”
2004 Deadwood
Eddie Sawyer 10 Episodes
2006-2007 Kidnapped Roger Prince 4 Episodes
2007-2009 The Unit
Agent Kern 4 Episodes
2013 Teen Titans Go! Narrator (voice) Episode: “Double Trouble”
2013 Breathe Life Radio TV n/a n/a
2014 Getting On Thoracic Surgeon Episode: “Turnips… North Day… Yes, yes”

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