Master magician Ricky Jay, whose decades-long career includes guest roles in Old thing Y The Simpsons, has died at the age of 70 years.
The news was confirmed by his manager, Winston Simone, who said Variety That your client died of natural causes. "It was unique," Simone said. "We will never see people like him again."
A New Yorker profile once referred to Jay as "perhaps the most talented hand-games artist in the world". His one man show on Broadway, Ricky Jay and his 52 attendees, was filmed for HBO by acclaimed director David Mamet in 1996. It appeared in many of Mamet's films, including House of Games, The Spanish Prisoner, Things Change, Redbelt and State and Main. Additional credits included Magnolia, Boogie Nights Y The tomorrow Never Die.
Jay's television credits included a recurring role in Old thing, in which he played the shark of letters Eddie Sawyer. He also appeared in episodes of The Simpsons (playing himself), The X files, Unity, Flashforward, Following, Kidnapped, Lie to Me Y Simon and Simon.
In addition to his credits as an actor, Jay was a frequent guest on the evening talk show. Appeared in The show tonight with hosts Johnny Carson, Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon, as well as The last show with David Letterman Y Late at night with Conan O & # 39; Brien.
Jay also worked as a film advisor, lending his technical expertise to titles such as Forrest Gump, the illusionist Y The prestige. In 2012, it was the subject of the documentary. Deceptive practice: the mysteries and mentors of Ricky Jay.