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 Hugh Hefner (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Victor Lownes (10 episodes, 2017)
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 A.C. Spectorsky (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Bobbie Arnstein (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Art Paul (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Arthur Kretchmer / ... (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Bob Preuss (10 episodes, 2017)
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 James Thompson (10 episodes, 2017)
Victoria Abbott ...
 Time Magazine Interviewer (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Janet Pilgrim / ... (10 episodes, 2017)
Matt Arbuckle ...
 TV Producer #1 (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Millie Hefner (10 episodes, 2017)
Rowan Bettjeman ...
 James McGinn (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Judge Matkovic (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Marilyn Cole (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Barbi Benton (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Dr. David Busby (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Dorothy Stratten / ... (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Time Magazine Photographer (10 episodes, 2017)
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 John Melaniphy (10 episodes, 2017)
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 William R. Ming Jr. (10 episodes, 2017)
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 John Baumgarth (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Paul Snider (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Cynthia Maddox (10 episodes, 2017)
Kevin Keys ...
 Hef's Lawyer (10 episodes, 2017)
Alexandra Light ...
 Hefner's Date (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Gaming Commissioner (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Derick Daniels (10 episodes, 2017)
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 Mr. Taylor (10 episodes, 2017)
Michael Saccente ...
 Judge Decker (10 episodes, 2017)
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 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)
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 Dick Rosenzweig (9 episodes, 2017)
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 Vince Tajiri (9 episodes, 2017)
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 Arnie Morton (9 episodes, 2017)
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 Himself (7 episodes, 2017)
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 Ray Russell (6 episodes, 2017)
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 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 is actually only 5'9" See more »

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Show My Love
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Performed by Sad Robot
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Recreations Suck
12 August 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you expect to be taken seriously and claim that your film is a DOCUMENTARY, including dramatic recreations with actors playing the real-life persons in ridiculously staged "greatest hits" of events in their lives instantly destroys any semblance of credibility.

Either make a bio-pic, or a true documentary. You can't have it both ways.

Worthless.


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