A multi-faceted man of many passions and weaknesses, Larry Flynt was an entrepreneur, champion of free speech, and crusader against political hypocrisy who amassed his considerable fortune through the publication of pornography, most notably his creation, Hustler magazine. Born into poverty, Flynt was a hustler himself, working his way up from struggling bar owner to successful publisher in the space of just a decade. The material he chose to publish was the most sexually explicit and controversial of its time, landing Flynt before the Supreme Court of the United States on three separate occasions, and making him the target of a failed assassination attempt in 1978 that left him paralyzed from the waist down. His courtroom battles, all of which centered on the defense of freedom of speech, kindled a passion for lawmaking that led Flynt to take on political wrongdoing wherever he saw it. It was this facet of his life that was the focus of Milos Forman's 1996 feature film, "The People Vs. Larry Flynt," starring Woody Harrelson as Flynt. Two years later, during the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, Flynt offered a reward for evidence of sexual misconduct involving Republican politicians that resulted in the resignation of incoming House Speaker Bob Livingston. A self-professed "smut peddler who cares," Larry Flynt was the embodiment of a perfectly American dichotomy: an believer in the inherent goodness of freedom, even if that freedom included the publication of images and words that many considered controversial, indecent, or immoral.