Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner

  • Highest Rated: 96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019)
  • Lowest Rated: 5% Miss March (2009)
  • Birthday: Apr 9, 1926
  • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
  • A name that carries its own connotations, Hugh Marston Hefner not only founded the billion-dollar Playboy Enterprises, but did much to spearhead the "sexual revolution" -- first by publishing Playboy magazine in 1953, then by expanding his girlie magazine into supper clubs, cable networks, book publishing, apparel, adult-entertainment home videos, and scores of other arenas. Playboy Magazine itself began with a well-known business coup: Hefner purchased nude photographs of an extremely young Marilyn Monroe and published them in his magazine, in December 1953, making the first issue an instant, must-have American phenomenon. This provided the necessary boost to get the publication underway. Whereas other purveyors of entertainment for men, such as Larry Flynt and Al Goldstein, would later hone in on the gritty underbelly of the market, Hefner aggressively (and successfully) attempted to make eroticism and nudity more palatable to average middle-class citizens, gradually bringing increasingly explicit printed material into mainstream America's living rooms and thus reshaping the country's moral and sociocultural landscape. To Hefner's credit, he never failed to underestimate the intelligence of his readers, filling each issue with the finest literary work, criticism, interviews, and nonfiction journalism, alongside his erotic centerfold photographs -- thus giving the magazine some class. Film historians might be intrigued to know that Hefner's cinematic activities are not by any means limited to softcore adult entertainment. He has occasionally produced critically lauded mainstream pictures, such as Roman Polanski's X-rated (for violence, not sex) Macbeth (1971), Arthur Hiller's cult classic The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder (1974), and (as part of a legal settlement) Peter Bogdanovich's extraordinary character study Saint Jack (1979).Hefner was portrayed by Cliff Robertson in Bob Fosse's Star 80, Jack Fitz in American Gangster, and Randall Batinkoff in the telemovie Hefner: Unauthorized. In the 21st century he was the star of the reality series The Girls Next Door, which focused on his relationship with three former playmates, and in 2008 he played himself in the Anna Faris comedy The House Bunny.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

96% Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché Executive Producer 2019
No Score Yet Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60s Actor $4.2K 2014
74% Bettie Page Reveals All Actor $0.2M 2013
55% When Comedy Went to School Actor $0.4M 2013
96% Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself Actor 2013
No Score Yet Live Forever: A Ray Bradbury Odyssey Actor 2013
No Score Yet Sunset Strip Actor 2012
25% Hop Voice at Playboy Mansion $108.1M 2011
61% Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel Actor $22.4K 2010
5% Miss March Hugh Hefner $4.5M 2009
No Score Yet Monty Python Almost the Truth Obligatory Making of Special Actor 2009
43% The House Bunny Himself $48.3M 2008
No Score Yet Why Be Good? Sexuality and Censorship in Early Cinema Executive Producer 2008
No Score Yet King: Man of Peace in a Time of War Actor 2007
No Score Yet Soundies: A Musical History Hosted by Michael Feinstein Actor 2007
No Score Yet Bullets over Hollywood Executive Producer 2005
No Score Yet Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson Actor 2005
83% Inside Deep Throat Actor $0.5M 2005
No Score Yet Dream Jets Actor 2004
No Score Yet Rita Executive Producer 2003
No Score Yet Comedy Central Presents: The N.Y. Friars Club Roast of Hugh Hefner Actor 2001
No Score Yet Without Lying Down: Frances Marion and the Power of Women in Hollywood Executive Producer 2001
No Score Yet Louise Brooks: Looking for Lulu Producer 1998
No Score Yet Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time Actor 1992
46% Beverly Hills Cop II Himself 1987
62% History of the World---Part I Entrepreneur 1981
18% The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu Executive Producer 1980
67% Saint Jack Executive Producer 1979
No Score Yet The Naked Ape Executive Producer 1973
86% Macbeth Executive Producer 1971
No Score Yet Playboy After Dark Actor 1950

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet 20/20
1978
Appearing
  • 2016
  • 2012
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet Michael Feinstein's American Songbook
2010-2013
Guest
  • 2012
23% The Playboy Club
2011
Narrator
  • 2011
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet Last Comic Standing
2003-2015
Appearing
  • 2008
52% Shark
2006-2008
Himself
  • 2008
No Score Yet Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2007
No Score Yet Gene Simmons Family Jewels
2006-2012
Appearing
  • 2007
No Score Yet The Apprentice
2004-2017
Appearing
  • 2007
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Appearing
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet According to Jim
2001-2009
  • 2005
92% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2017
Himself
  • 2005
66% Entourage
2004-2011
Guest Himself
  • 2005
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000-2017
Himself
  • 2005
No Score Yet The Bernie Mac Show
2001-2006
Himself
  • 2004
No Score Yet Whose Line Is It Anyway?
1998
Guest
  • 2002
76% Roseanne
1988-2018
Himself
  • 1996
No Score Yet Blossom
1991-1995
  • 1993
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
Himself
  • 1993
100% The Larry Sanders Show
1992-1998
Himself
  • 1993
85% The Simpsons
1989
Voice
  • 1993
No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley
1976-1983
Himself
  • 1982
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
1970-1975
Himself
  • 1974

QUOTES FROM Hugh Hefner CHARACTERS

Voice at Playboy Mansion
[Through an intercom] Listen, this is the Playboy Mansion, not a hotel.
Voice at Playboy Mansion
[through an intercom] Listen, this is the Playboy Mansion, not a hotel.
E.B.
[Looking into a map] I know, but it says 'Since 1971 the Playboy Mansion has been home to many sexy bunnies'.
E.B.
[looking into a map] I know, but it says 'Since 1971 the Playboy Mansion has been home to many sexy bunnies'.
Voice at Playboy Mansion
I can't even see you. Step closer.
E.B.
[Stepping closer, face still in map] I'm just saying, I am a bunny and am extremely sexy.
E.B.
[stepping closer, face still in map] I'm just saying, I am a bunny and am extremely sexy.
Voice at Playboy Mansion
I don't have time for this. [Clicks intercom off]
Voice at Playboy Mansion
I don't have time for this. [clicks intercom off]
E.B.
Hello? Hello? Ugh, this must be the rags part of my rags-to-riches story.