Actor-Magician Ricky Jay Dies at 72

Ricky Jay is dead.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor-magician died Saturday in Los Angeles of natural causes. And this has been confirmed by his manager, Winston Simone, who said of Jay, “He was one of a kind. We will never see the likes of him again.”

Jay rose to fame as magician and an actor, and some of the movies he has appeared in films include Magnolia (1999) as the narrator, Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), Boogie Nights (1997), among others. And he also had various roles on television as well, including on The X-Files and Deadwood.

Beyond acting, he also provided consulting for several films as well, including Ocean’s ThirteenThe Prestige, The Illusionist, and Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.

Following the news of his death, producer Frank Marshall and writer and producer Brian Koppelman were some of the notable Hollywood figures who took to Twitter to pay their respects. In his tweets, Koppelman said, “Ricky Jay was a hero of mine. And when I met him, got to know him, work with him twice, his kindness, professionalism, sense of humor, brilliance, made him even more of a hero. He was one of the greatest entertainers of our lifetime. And a true genius.”

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