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Playboy founder and Army veteran Hugh Hefner dies at 91

Hugh Hefner at the premiere of Sylvester Stallone's movie F.I.S.T., April 1978. (Permission granted: Alan Light/Flickr
September 28, 2017

Hugh Hefner, the famous founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine, has died. He was 91 years old.


Hefner was born in Chicago in 1926, and he served in the U.S. Army as an infantry clerk after high school, from 1944 to 1946.

He contributed cartoons for the military newspaper. Hefner was posted at Camp Adair in Oregon and Camp Pickett in Virginia.


Hefner was honorably discharged in 1946, and he went on to graduate from the University of Illinois in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a double minor in creative writing and art.

He would later drop out of Northwestern University, where he was taking graduate courses in sociology, and in 1953 launched Playboy magazine.

(Tullio Saba/Flickr, Public Domain)

Hefner is immortalized as the man who wore silk pajamas, smoked a pipe, surrounded himself by beautiful women and threw over-the-top soirees at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles.