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American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story 

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The Amazon Original Series draws from unprecedented access to more than 17,000 hours of footage and over 2,600 scrapbooks from Hefner's personal archives, chronicling the life of an American icon and the history of the brand he created.
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Series cast summary:
 A.C. Spectorsky 10 episodes, 2017
 Art Paul 10 episodes, 2017
 Bob Preuss 10 episodes, 2017
 James Thompson 10 episodes, 2017
 Time Magazine Interviewer 10 episodes, 2017
Matt Arbuckle ...
 TV Producer #1 10 episodes, 2017
Rowan Bettjeman ...
 James McGinn 10 episodes, 2017
Alistair Browning ...
 Judge Matkovic 10 episodes, 2017
 Marilyn Cole 10 episodes, 2017
 Dorothy Stratten / ... 10 episodes, 2017
 Time Magazine Photographer 10 episodes, 2017
 John Melaniphy 10 episodes, 2017
 William R. Ming Jr. 10 episodes, 2017
 John Baumgarth 10 episodes, 2017
 Paul Snider 10 episodes, 2017
 Cynthia Maddox 10 episodes, 2017
Kevin Keys ...
 Hef's Lawyer 10 episodes, 2017
Alexandra Light ...
 Hefner's Date 10 episodes, 2017
 Gaming Commissioner 10 episodes, 2017
 Derick Daniels 10 episodes, 2017
 Mr. Taylor 10 episodes, 2017
Michael Saccente ...
 Judge Decker 10 episodes, 2017
 Gloria Steinem 10 episodes, 2017
Laura Thompson ...
 Christie Hefner 10 episodes, 2017
Daniel Watterson ...
 Ron Scharf 10 episodes, 2017
Elliot Wrightson ...
 George Matthews 10 episodes, 2017
 Dick Rosenzweig 9 episodes, 2017
Arthur Kretchmer ...
 Ray Russell 6 episodes, 2017


American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story is a docuseries combining archival footage, interviews and cinematic reenactments to tell the story of Playboy magazine's charismatic founder Hugh Hefner and his impact on global culture and history. American Playboy begins in post-war America and takes us through the launch of Playboy magazine in 1953 and the next six decades of Hefner's life and career. As he built his empire, Hefner became both a social justice advocate and a target of the conservative movement, battling with the FBI and J. Edgar Hoover while becoming an outspoken defender of civil rights.

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7 April 2017 (USA)  »

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Great Introspective of the Man's Man.
12 April 2017 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I had an annual subscription to Playboy while I was in Grad School. That is saying something as I could barely afford food but loved this publication as a sweet indulgence. This series was intriguing, beguiling and fascinating.

Hef experienced extreme heart break when he found out his first love was cheating on him and then proceeded to insure his future relationships would never encounter such betrayal, what a supreme hypocrite!!

The history of the magazine and subsequent enterprises were detailed with interest and the many challenges and frustrations with first amendment rights are commendable.

The women were stunning, kind, and most of all very supportive of the Playboy brand. So even if Gloria Steinem revealed the seedy side of being a Bunny it was parlayed as an exploitation journalist which I feel was extremely unfair.

No doubt this is a controversial subject to both men and women but I found when I accepted this foray into pornography it actually helped my marriage, so I cannot complain.

High recommend for fans of First Amendment rights, gorgeous naked women, and of course those in-depth interviews. No comparison to what is available online these dayz!

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