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American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story 

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Series cast summary:
Matt Whelan ...  Hugh Hefner 10 episodes, 2017
Emmett Skilton ...  Victor Lownes 10 episodes, 2017
Adam Jonas Segaller ...  A.C. Spectorsky 10 episodes, 2017
Chelsie Preston Crayford ...  Bobbie Arnstein 10 episodes, 2017
Ian Bell ...  Art Paul 10 episodes, 2017
Eryn Wilson ...  Arthur Kretchmer / ... 10 episodes, 2017
Fraser Brown ...  Bob Preuss 10 episodes, 2017
Andrew Robertt ...  James Thompson 10 episodes, 2017
Victoria Abbott Victoria Abbott ...  Time Magazine Interviewer 10 episodes, 2017
Jade Albany Pietrantonio ...  Janet Pilgrim / ... 10 episodes, 2017
Matt Arbuckle Matt Arbuckle ...  TV Producer #1 10 episodes, 2017
Ella Becroft ...  Millie Hefner 10 episodes, 2017
Rowan Bettjeman Rowan Bettjeman ...  James McGinn 10 episodes, 2017
Alistair Browning Alistair Browning ...  Judge Matkovic 10 episodes, 2017
Joy Buckle ...  Marilyn Cole 10 episodes, 2017
Shara Connolly ...  Barbi Benton 10 episodes, 2017
Campbell Cooley ...  Dr. David Busby 10 episodes, 2017
Elizabeth Dowden ...  Dorothy Stratten / ... 10 episodes, 2017
Coen Falke Coen Falke ...  Time Magazine Photographer 10 episodes, 2017
Adam Gardiner ...  John Melaniphy 10 episodes, 2017
James Gaylyn ...  William R. Ming Jr. 10 episodes, 2017
Kelson Henderson ...  John Baumgarth 10 episodes, 2017
Cohen Holloway ...  Paul Snider 10 episodes, 2017
Alexandra Corin Johnston ...  Cynthia Maddox 10 episodes, 2017
Kevin Keys Kevin Keys ...  Hef's Lawyer 10 episodes, 2017
Alexandra Light Alexandra Light ...  Hefner's Date 10 episodes, 2017
Colin Moy ...  Gaming Commissioner 10 episodes, 2017
Phil Peleton ...  Derick Daniels 10 episodes, 2017
Gabriel Reid ...  Mr. Taylor 10 episodes, 2017
Michael Saccente Michael Saccente ...  Judge Decker 10 episodes, 2017
Sonia Satra ...  Gloria Steinem 10 episodes, 2017
Laura Thompson Laura Thompson ...  Christie Hefner 10 episodes, 2017
Daniel Watterson ...  Ron Scharf 10 episodes, 2017
Elliot Wrightson Elliot Wrightson ...  George Matthews 10 episodes, 2017
Andrew Blair ...  Dick Rosenzweig 9 episodes, 2017
Akira Matsumoto ...  Vince Tajiri 9 episodes, 2017
Phil Brown ...  Arnie Morton 9 episodes, 2017
Arthur Kretchmer Arthur Kretchmer ...  Himself 7 episodes, 2017
David Van Horn ...  Ray Russell 6 episodes, 2017
Ben Van Lier ...  Eldon Sellers 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) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Captivating story about a visionary and innovative entrepreneur
5 January 2018 | by cmikeolsenSee all my reviews

After I started watching this documentary I realized that I've had the completely wrong perception of Playboy my whole life, i.e. if I'm to believe everything depicted in this documentary. I've only browsed through Playboy magazine a few times in my life, and I never read any of the articles in it ;-) Though I've always been fascinated by the life of Hugh Hefner, though from a purely sexual perspective. After watching the first 4 episodes of this series though, I'm even more fascinated and impressed by this man as I had no idea he was such a visionary and innovative entrepreneur and that he had such a nag for surrounding himself with talented people. Further, the documentary gives the distinct impression that he was anti-establishment, an equal opportunity employer, had an open door policy, was a great boss, was surprisingly respectful of women (even though at the same time he was obviously exploiting them too), was color blind and, even though indirectly and possibly unintended, he supported for the civil rights of blacks by ignoring the fact that the southern states didn't want to air his Playboy Penthouse TV show because he had a lot of black entertainers on this show. It's almost too good to be true. And as mentioned I have only seen 4 episodes so far, but I kind of doubt the tone is going to sway again Hefner. Lastly, I liked the acting and the occasional switching back to real Hefner footage.

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