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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:
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 ...  James McGinn 10 episodes, 2017
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
Coen Falke Coen Falke ...  Time Magazine Photographer 10 episodes, 2017
Elizabeth Felker ...  Dorothy Stratten / ... 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
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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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Matt Whelan (plays Hef) is 6'4" but Hugh Hefner was actually only 5'9" See more »

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Stylish but lightweight
7 May 2017 | by alicesalisburySee all my reviews

It's a little like the director watched a documentary once and said 'Yeah, like the idea but ya know what would make this better - less analysis and more boobs'. It is a docu-drama about Hugh Hefner, so there's no point getting upset by naked ladies or the objectification of women, that's sort of the point. But that's no excuse for the total lack of insight, cultural analysis or fresh perspectives. In fact, it's the flimsy content in the serious bits that makes the parade of girls feel skeezy. You can't help feeling they've been put in less because that was the reality of the situation (though I'm sure it was) and more because the writer/ director/ actors couldn't think of another way to fill screen time.

If you're hoping for a documentary version of Madmen - sumptuously stylish but also searingly insightful about the mindset of the era - this isn't it. The snazzy suits and tasteful furniture is there, but none of the intelligent observation. It's a shame. This is a fascinating period in American cultural development and, love him or hate him, HH was at the heart of it; perhaps not driving things single handed in the way this documentary is desperate to suggest, but defiantly right there in the middle. If you love the Hef and already buy into his myth you'll probably like this. If you are expecting genuine insight, or even just halfway decent acting, then this falls flat on it's bunny-tailed behind.


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