Ricky Jay, a magician, actor and writer well-known for several film and television roles and one of the most admired card- trick artists in the world, has died at the age of 72.
Jay died Saturday of natural causes at his home in Los Angeles, his longtime manager Winston Simone confirmed to City News Service.
“Oh man, Ricky Jay,” magician Penn Jillette wrote on Twitter. “Just a genius. One of the best who ever lived. We’ll all miss you, Ricky. Oh man.”
“Master magician and historian Ricky Jay has passed away,” actor Neil Patrick Harris tweeted. “The breadth of his knowledge and appreciation for magic and the allied arts was truly remarkable. Such sad news, such a profound loss.”
Jay’s many movie credits include David Mamet’s 1987 thriller “House of Games,” Paul Thomas Anderson’s 1997 classic “Boogie Nights” and the 1997 James Bond film, “Tomorrow Never Dies.”
He was also a technical consultant on a number of high-profile Hollywood films, including “Forrest Gump,” “Ocean’s Thirteen,” “The Illusionist” and “Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation.”
Jay’s TV credits include the first season of HBO’s “Deadwood,” and episodes of “The Simpsons,” “The X Files,” “The Unit,” “Flashforward,” “Getting On,” “Kidnapped,” “Lie to Me” and “Simon & Simon.”