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Hugh Hefner

Lowest Rated:   5% Miss March (2009)
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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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Smiling Through the Apocalypse: Esquire in the 60s
  • Actor
$4.2k 2014
73% Bettie Page Reveals All
  • Actor
$0.2M 2013
53% 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
60% 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
42% 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
20% The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu
  • Executive Producer
1980
62% Saint Jack
  • Executive Producer
1979
86% Macbeth
  • Executive Producer
1971
No Score Yet Playboy After Dark
  • Actor
1950

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Appearing
  • 2014
No Score Yet 20/20
1978
  • Appearing
  • 2012
No Score Yet Michael Feinstein's American Songbook
2010-2013
  • Guest
  • 2012
24% 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
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
  • Appearing
  • Actor
  • 2007
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing
  • 2006
98% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000-2011
  • Himself
  • 2005
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Guest
  • 2005
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000
  • Himself
  • 2005
No Score Yet Whose Line Is It Anyway?
1998
  • Guest
  • Actor
  • 2002
No Score Yet Roseanne
1988-1997
  • Himself
  • 1996
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
  • Himself
  • 1993
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 1993
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1977

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