Hugh Hefner

Magazine publisher, Producer, TV host
Arguably one of the most important figures in popular culture, Hugh Hefner was the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy, one of the most widely recognized and influential publications of the twentieth century ... Read more »
Born: 04/09/1926 in Chicago, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (89)

We Believe 2014 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Bettie Page Reveals All 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton As Himself 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Hef's Runaway Bride 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Hop 2011 (Movie)

Voice at Playboy Mansion (Voice)

The Playboy Club 2011 (Tv Show)

Narrator

Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel 2010 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Head Case 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Miss March 2009 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Girls Next Door 2004 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

MTV Cribs 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sex: The Revolution! 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Shark 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spike Guys Choice 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The House Bunny 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Blossom 1993 - 1994, 2004 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Apprentice 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1993 - 1994, 2004 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

According to Jim 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Entourage 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hollywood Home Movies 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside Deep Throat 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Boomer Nation 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Playboy's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

The Bernie Mac Show 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

When Playboy Ruled the World 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Comic Book: The Movie 2003 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Elvis Lives 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Bo Derek 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2003 (Tv Show)

Guest

Las Vegas 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

New Year's Eve Pajama Party 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside TV Land 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

V.I.P. 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Carmen Electra: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Hugh Hefner: American Playboy Revisited 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

James Caan: Making a Scene 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Shoot Me 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bo Derek: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex and the City 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Buddy Faro 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Cold War 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Gypsy Rose Lee: Naked Ambition 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Jessica Hahn: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Lenny Bruce: The E! True Hollywood Story 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Raquel Welch 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bunny Years 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The History of Sex 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Alice Faye: The Star Next Door 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Masters and Johnson: The Science of Sex 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Story of X 1997 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

James Bond: The Secret Life of 007 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Mel Torme 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Roseanne 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

The World of James Bond 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Betty Grable: Behind the Pin-Up 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Simpsons 1993 (Tv Show)

Voice

Hugh Hefner: Once Upon a Time 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Modern Love 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Beverly Hills Cop II 1987 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Fast Copy 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

History of the World Part I 1981 (Movie)

Entrepreneur (Actor)

Playboy's 25th Anniversary Celebration 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chevy Chase National Humor Test 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Saturday Night Live 1977 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Comeback Trail 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

Inside the Playboy Mansion (TV Show)

Actor

Marilyn Monroe: Still Life (TV Show)

Actor

Survival of the Prettiest (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (22)

The Girls in the Band 2013 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Bullets Over Hollywood 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Girl Next Door: The Search For a Playboy Centerfold 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Celluloid Closet 1996 (Movie)

funding (Producer)

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Producer

The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu 1980 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Playboy's 25th Anniversary Celebration 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Saint Jack 1979 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Playboy's Playmate Party 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder 1973 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Naked Ape 1972 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Macbeth 1971 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

A Shadow in the Streets (TV Show)

Executive Producer

A Summer Without Boys (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Beyond the Bermuda Triangle (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Clara Bow: Discovering the It Girl (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Louise Brooks: Looking For Lulu (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Third Girl From the Left (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

Arguably one of the most important figures in popular culture, Hugh Hefner was the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy, one of the most widely recognized and influential publications of the twentieth century. Playboy encapsulated Hefner's vision of the modern American male's mindset, which was as fascinated by sex as it was with politics, art, and social commentary, and with its first issue in 1953, appealed to all of these interests in a tasteful and mature presentation that established it as both head and shoulders above the average "stag" magazine and a worthy competitor with publications like Esquire. The combination of nude layouts, award-winning literature and insightful interviews quickly made Playboy one of the biggest selling magazines of the postwar period, and was cited as both a positive and negative influence on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and into the freewheeling 1970s. Its runaway success also allowed Hefner to pursue a wide variety of ventures - from nightclubs and jazz festivals to movie and television productions. Though Playboy's fortunes and significance in the cultural landscape rose and fell in the ensuing decades, the image of Hefner - frequently clad in his trademark silk pajamas and smoking jacket - remained an enduring icon of sexual freedom and the pursuit of "the good life" in its many varied forms.

Relationships

Kimberley Conrad

Wife
Married July 1, 1989, the same year she was named Playboy's Playmate of the Year Separated 1998 and she moved into a home next door with the couple's two young sons Hefner filed for divorce Sept. 4, 2009 Divorced March 11, 2010

Crystal Harris Actor

Wife
Engaged December 2010 Harris called off their wedding with less than a week to go before the big day Reconciled and obtained marriage license Dec. 4, 2012 Married Jan. 1, 2013

Keith Hefner Actor

Brother
Born Jan. 5, 1929

Christie Hefner Actor

Daughter
Born Nov. 8, 1952; mother, Millie Williams Began working at Playboy Enterprises after college; chairman and CEO of Playboy Enterprises from 1988-2009

Glenn Hefner

Father

Grace Hefner

Mother

Cooper Hefner

Son
Born Sept. 4, 1991; mother, Kimberley Conrad

David Hefner

Son
Born Aug. 30, 1955; mother, Millie Williams

Marston Hefner

Son
Born April 9, 1990; mother, Kimberley Conrad

Holly Madison Actor

Companion
Together from 2001-08 No longer together

Bridget Marquardt Actor

Companion
Together from 2001-08 No longer together

Kendra Wilkinson Actor

Companion
Together from 2004-08 No longer together

Mildred Williams

Wife
Married June 25, 1949 Divorced 1959

EDUCATION

Chicago Art Institute

Chicago , Illinois 1946
Took art classes over the summer

University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Urbana–Champaign , Illinois 1949
Earned his degree in two and a half years; also double minored in creative writing and art; edited the campus humor magazine Shaft, which included a regular feature devoted to the "Coed of the Month"

Steinmetz High School

Chicago , Illinois 1944

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois 1949
Took a semester of graduate courses in sociology and women and gender studies but dropped out soon after

Milestones

2006

Partnered with Palms Casino Resort and the Nine Group to develop a Playboy themed nightclub, casino and sky villa located in the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas

2005

His girlfriends and his life became the focus of the E! reality series "The Girls Next Door"

1996

Profiled in a two-hour special, "Hugh Hefner: American Playboy," as part of A&E's prestigious Biography series

1980

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after he championed the reconstruction of the Hollywood sign

1975

Relocated the Playboy offices to a sprawling mansion in Holmby Hills, which came to be known as 'The Playboy Mansion'

1970

Took his company Playboy Enterprises public

1970

Produced Roman Polanski's adaptation of "Macbeth" and the Monty Python film "And Now for Something Completely Different"

1968

Returned to the airwaves to host the syndicated show "Playboy After Dark"

1960

Opened the first Playboy Club on the North Side of Chicago, featuring its waitresses in the now famous 'Bunny' costumes

1959

Hosted the popular syndicated television show "Playboy's Penthouse"

1959

Organized the first Playboy Jazz Festival at the Chicago Stadium

1953

Published the first issue of Playboy magazine, featuring Marilyn Monroe on the cover

1953

Briefly worked as a circulation manager for Children's Activities magazine

1951

Worked as a copywriter for Esquire magazine; left in 1952 after being denied a $5 raise

1943

Was a writer for a military newspaper in the U.S. Army

Bonus Trivia

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A 1963 Playboy issue featuring nude photos of zaftig actress Jayne Mansfield resulted in Hefner’s arrest, though the subsequent trial ended with the jury unable to reach a verdict.

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Hefner's former secretary, Bobbie Arnstein, was found dead in a Chicago hotel room after an overdose of drugs in January 1975. Hefner called a press conference to allege that she had been driven to suicide by narcotics agents and federal officers.

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In 1979, The Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award was created by Christie Hefner "to honor individuals who have made significant contributions in the vital effort to protect and enhance First Amendment rights for Americans."

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In 1985, Hefner suffered a mild stroke.

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Contributed extensively to film-related organizations and causes, including the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts, where he funded a course on censorship.

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In 1996, Hefner received the International Publishing Award from the International Press Directory in London.

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In 1998, Hefner was inducted into the American Society of Magazine Editors' Hall of Fame.

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In 2002, Hefner received the Henry Johnson Fisher Award, the highest honor of the Magazine Publishers of America.

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In April 2010, Hefner donated the final $900,000 needed to preserve 138 acres behind the film capital's most famous visual symbol on Mount Lee, the Hollywood sign.

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