Larry Flynt
American publisher
Larry Flynt
Larry Claxton Flynt, Jr. is an American publisher and the president of Larry Flynt Publications (LFP). In 2003, Arena magazine listed him as the number one on the "50 Powerful People in Porn" list. LFP mainly produces sexually graphic videos and magazines, most notably Hustler. Flynt has fought several prominent legal battles involving the First Amendment, and has unsuccessfully run for public office.
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Hollywood High Concept
Huffington Post - 5 months
Studios today are producing, for the most part, two kinds of films. One type is pre-established franchises (comic books, TV series, famous novels, toys, such as Star Wars, Captain America, and The Hunger Games. The other type is high-concept scripts that are either conceived of in-house by executives, producers, managers, and agents who know what the market responds to -- or by "spec" screenwriters determined to break the bank. Writing even the greatest screenplay that isn't high concept is choosing either the indie path or willful self-indulgence. Dealing with "high concept" is one of the most challenging and frustrating tasks of the Hollywood writer, agent, or producer; reducing the story to a compelling logline is what high concept is all about. As a former academic not prepared for a world focused on marketing, it took me years to realize that the term "high concept" means almost its opposite. It means "simple concept," as in Fatal Attraction: An innocent smile at a par ...
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The 50-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History Of 'Star Trek'
Huffington Post - 5 months
By Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman     WHAT A LONG STRANGE TREK IT'S BEEN   HOLLYWOOD IS THE ONLY BUSINESS WHERE YOU GET TO SHAKE HANDS WITH YOUR DREAMS —writer/director NICHOLAS MEYER Sitting across from me at a small table in a cluttered room in a Miami cemetery was the bearded rabbi with a small yarmulke resting atop his mop of thick gray hair, who was about to conduct my grandmother Edna's graveside funeral. As we all sat around in a melancholy haze as the fateful time approached to bury Edna, I'll never forget the words he shared with me when he found out what I did for a living at the time. "I love Star Trek," he stammered excitedly. "You know why I think that show is so significant? Every story had a moral; it was a parable for the same ethical issues we grapple with in religion every day. I think it's a very meaningful and important show. The original, at least. The others were crap." Now, I wouldn't necessarily say "amen" to that (although admittedly some of the s ...
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Gardena to reconsider casino measure aimed at Larry Flynt's casinos
LATimes - 7 months
Larry Flynt may win a high-stakes gamble with the city of Gardena over the future of the the city’s oldest casino. The adult entertainment mogul bought the gaming license for the former Normandie Casino on Rosecrans Avenue this month for an undisclosed price. Flynt, who already owns the nearby Hustler...
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Hustler Has A $1 Million Offer Out On Ben Carson's Adviser For Proof Of Man-On-Man Harassment
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt is offering up to $1 million to anyone who can prove that a top adviser to Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson is guilty of male-on-male sexual harassment.  In an open letter published Monday in The Las Vegas Review-Journal, Flynt vows to fork over between "$50,000 and $1 million" to anyone with proof that the long-standing claims against Armstrong Williams, who is also a conservative radio personality, are true, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In 1998, Williams was accused of sexual harassment by his former personal trainer, Stephen Gregory, on more than 50 separate incidents, SF Gate reported. Gregory claimed that Williams had "repeatedly kissed him on the mouth, grabbed his buttocks and genitals, and climbed into bed with him on business trips." When Gregory rejected his advances, Williams allegedly fired him, according to the report.  The case was ultimately settled out of court, but thanks to Flynt, Williams' sordid pas ...
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Larry Flynt thinks Playboy's nude-free move is 'ludicrous'
CNN - over 1 year
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‘Hustler’ magnate Larry Flynt endorses Clinton
Fox News - almost 2 years
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Herald Price Fahringer, a Defender of Free Speech, Dies at 87
NYTimes - about 2 years
The court victories of Mr. Fahringer, a lawyer who represented Larry Flynt and Al Goldstein when they were accused of distributing pornography, often reverberated beyond the individual client.
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MoMA Speaks out for Freedom to Express
Huffington Post - about 2 years
Sir Harold Evans helmed a panel to discuss the merits of free and uncensored art. The sold-out event was organized by Glenn D. Lowry and Klaus Biesenbach of MoMA and Anne Pasternak of Creative Time in little more than a week. Perhaps because of Charlie Hebdo, there is now a great hunger to discuss and try to understand the values of free expression in our increasingly dangerous world. The panelists included artists Sharon Hayes, Kadar Attia, comedian Aasif Mandviwala, Jason Mojica, editor-in-chief of VICE News, and art history professor Simon Schama. It was organized with the help of Creative Time. Aasif: Has more to do with coming up with a newsworthy act for al-Qaeda Simon: Art's not the issue; we have to fight the gains of the Enlightenment all over again. Jason: VICE didn't publish Hebdo's cartoon of Mohammed after the shooting because it wasn't news. Simon: Charlie didn't ask people to kill. When free speech leads to murder... Kader: Injury of colonization in France ...
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Impolite Society: I'm Offended, He's Offended, They're Offended, We're Offended
Huffington Post - about 3 years
The summer before my senior year of high school (way back in 1988), my friends and I adopted the catchphrase "I'm offended." It was used as a response to a shocking or outrageous statement. Think of it like, "Well I never!" There was usually a dramatic intake of breath and a look of shock on the face, and then, with the perfect inflection, "I'm offended" was uttered. Today the response might be "Rude" or "Seriously." I recently watched a segment on CBS Sunday Morning about Larry Flynt. During the piece the following quotation by Former Chief Justice William Rehnquist filled my TV screen and strongly resonated with me: "The fact that society may find speech offensive is not a sufficient reason for suppressing it." Seeing that quotation reminded me of the aforementioned phrase from high school, and that got me to thinking. Are we too easily offended today? When a person has a differing opinion from our own and chooses to say so publicly, are we (meaning all people) taking it so perso ...
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The Week to Week News Quiz: Thanksgiving 2013 Edition
Huffington Post - about 3 years
Instead of surfing the web for videos of costumed cats riding Roombas this Thanksgiving, take our special Thanksgiving Week to Week News Quiz to see what others are thankful for this holiday. Here are some random but real hints: You either eat them or you don't; because the kingdom of God is theirs; we'll see if he's still smiling in six months; and until it starts working better. Answers are at the bottom of the quiz. 1. Why is it a good Thanksgiving for Caramel and Popcorn? a. They are the new code names of the latest Google Android operating systems, which reached 2 billion downloads this week b. Oversupply means their cost has dropped 40 percent since early summer c. They are the turkeys pardoned by President Obama d. Archeologists discovered remnants of both foods at the site of the first Thanksgiving in New England 2. What does anti-pornography group Morality in Media have to be thankful for? a. It has finally gotten its American Moral Media constitutional amendment accep ...
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US serial killer who shot porn mogul Larry Flynt executed
Yahoo News - over 3 years
A US white supremacist serial killer who also admitted to shooting porn mogul Larry Flynt was put to death in Missouri early Wednesday by lethal injection, news reports said. Joseph Paul Franklin -- who was blamed for a string of killings between 1977 and 1980 he apparently committed in a bid to start a race war -- was declared dead at 1217 GMT in Bonne Terre, Missouri. A judge had issued a stay temporarily halting the 63-year-old Franklin's execution, but that order was lifted a short time later, allowing it to proceed. But he is perhaps most infamous for shooting Hustler publisher Larry Flynt, in an apparent assassination attempt that left him in a wheelchair.
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Porn Mogul Larry Flynt Wants Man Who Paralyzed Him Spared
NPR - over 3 years
Objecting to the pending execution of the man who shot him 35 years ago, Flynt tells NPR: "I just don't think that government should be in the business of killing people. And I think punishment by putting someone in a 3-by-6 cell is a lot greater than if you snuff out their life in a few seconds with a lethal injection." » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Paralyzed porn magnate Flynt objects to execution of his confessed attacker
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Larry Flynt, the publisher of the porn magazine Hustler who was shot and paralyzed in 1978, has gone to court to object to the pending execution in Missouri of a convicted serial killer he says fired the bullet that put him in a wheelchair. Flynt opposes the death penalty and wants Joseph Paul Franklin, who has been convicted of killing eight people from the late 1970s to 1980 in racially motivated attacks, to spend the rest of his life in prison. Franklin, an avowed white supremacist, is due to be executed on November 20. Hoping to halt the execution, the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed court papers on Flynt's behalf over the weekend seeking to have a court unseal documents about the qualifications of an anesthesiologist who would take part in the execution.
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Larry Flynt Offers Support To Joseph Paul Franklin, Serial Killer Up For Execution
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
ST. LOUIS -- ST. LOUIS (AP) — Serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin is getting support from an unlikely source: Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, who was paralyzed 35 years ago by a bullet apparently fired by Franklin. Franklin is set for execution Nov. 20 in Missouri for a 1977 murder. But he's claimed responsibility for nearly two dozen other killings and many other crimes. He admitted shooting Flynt in 1978 but was never charged. Read More... More on Serial Killers
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Larry Flynt
  • 2015
    Age 72
    In May 2015, Flynt endorsed Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview with Marfa Journal later that year, he described his political views as "progressively liberal". In 1996, Flynt published his autobiography, An Unseemly Man: My Life as a Pornographer, Pundit, and Social Outcast (ISBN 978-0787111786). A film, The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), was based on his life which features Woody Harrelson in the title role. Flynt himself made a cameo appearance as an Ohio judge and also a jury member in the court scene of the Jerry Falwell case. The film was directed by Miloš Forman and co-produced by Oliver Stone. Harrelson was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Flynt. Laura Kipnis' analysis of Hustler magazine in "(Male) Desire and (Female) Disgust: Reading Hustler" was reprinted in Kipnis's Bound and Gagged: Pornography and the Politics of Fantasy in America (Duke, 1999).
  • 2014
    Age 71
    His daughter, Lisa Flynt-Fugate, died in a car crash in Ohio in October 2014 at the age of 47.
    More Details Hide Details By 1970, he ran eight strip clubs throughout Ohio in Cincinnati, Toledo, Akron and Cleveland. In July 1974, Flynt first published Hustler as a step forward from the Hustler Newsletter, which was advertising for his businesses. The magazine struggled for the first year, partly because many distributors and wholesalers refused to handle it as its nude photos became increasingly graphic. It targeted working-class men and grew from a shaky start to a peak circulation of around three million. The publication of nude paparazzi pictures of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in August 1975 was a major coup. Hustler has often featured more explicit photographs than comparable magazines and has contained depictions of women that some find demeaning, such as a naked woman in a meat grinder or presented as a dog on a leash — though Flynt later said that the meat grinder image was a criticism of the pornography industry itself.
  • 2013
    Age 70
    On April 30, 2013, Flynt endorsed Mark Sanford in the 2013 special election for South Carolina's 1st congressional district, saying "His open embrace of his mistress in the name of love, breaking his sacred marriage vows, was an act of bravery that has drawn my support."
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    Flynt was a Democrat when Bill Clinton was president. In 2013, he said he was "a civil libertarian to the core", though he once attempted a presidential run as a Republican.
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  • 2012
    Age 69
    On September 7, 2012, Larry Flynt offered a $1 million reward for information on Mitt Romney's unreleased tax returns.
    More Details Hide Details On September 10, 2012, two full page ads appeared in USA Today and The Washington Post to promote the offer.
  • 2004
    Age 61
    Flynt has supported activist groups opposed to the war in Iraq in 2004 and 2005, and is also a strong supporter of LGBT rights and same-sex marriage.
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  • 2003
    Age 60
    In 2003, Flynt purchased nude photographs of Private Jessica Lynch, who was captured by Iraqi forces, rescued from an Iraqi hospital by US troops and celebrated as a hero by the media.
    More Details Hide Details He said he would never show any of the photographs, calling Lynch a "good kid" who became "a pawn for the government".
    In 2003, Flynt was a candidate in the recall election of California governor Gray Davis, calling himself a "smut peddler who cares".
    More Details Hide Details He finished 7th in a field of 135 candidates.
    In June 2003, prosecutors in Hamilton County, Ohio, attempted to revive criminal charges of pandering obscene material against Flynt and his brother Jimmy Flynt, charging that they had violated the 1999 agreement.
    More Details Hide Details Flynt claimed that he no longer had an interest in the Hustler Shops and that prosecutors had no basis for the lawsuit. In January 2009, Flynt filed suit against two nephews, Jimmy Flynt II and Dustin Flynt, for the use of his family name in producing pornography. He regarded their pornography to be inferior. He prevailed on the main trademark infringement issue, but lost on invasion of privacy claims.
  • 1999
    Age 56
    In a plea agreement in 1999, LFP, Inc. (Flynt's corporate holdings group) pleaded guilty to two counts of pandering obscenity and agreed to stop selling adult videos in Cincinnati.
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  • 1998
    Age 55
    Flynt has repeatedly weighed in on public debates by trying to expose conservative or Republican politicians with sexual scandals. He did so during the impeachment proceedings against President Clinton in 1998, offering $1 million for evidence and publishing the results in The Flynt Report.
    More Details Hide Details These publications led to the resignation of incoming House Speaker Bob Livingston. In 2007, Flynt repeated his $1 million offer and also wrote the foreword to Joseph Minton Amann and Tom Breuer's The Brotherhood of Disappearing Pants: A Field Guide to Conservative Sex Scandals, which contained some cases published by Flynt.
    As a result of a sting operation in April 1998, Flynt was charged with a number of obscenity-related offenses concerning the sale of sex videos to a youth in a Cincinnati adult store he owned.
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    He married his current wife, Elizabeth Berrios, in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details He has four daughters and a son.
  • 1988
    Age 45
    In 1988, Flynt won an important Supreme Court decision, Hustler Magazine v. Falwell, after being sued by Reverend Jerry Falwell in 1983, over an offensive ad parody in Hustler that suggested that Falwell's first sexual encounter was with his mother in an out-house.
    More Details Hide Details Falwell sued Flynt, citing emotional distress caused by the ad. The decision clarified that public figures cannot recover damages for "intentional infliction of emotional distress" based on parodies. After Falwell's death, Flynt said despite their differences, he and Falwell had become friends over the years, adding, "I always appreciated his sincerity even though I knew what he was selling and he knew what I was selling."
  • 1983
    Age 40
    Also in 1983, he leaked an FBI surveillance tape to the media regarding John DeLorean.
    More Details Hide Details In the videos, when arresting DeLorean, the FBI is shown asking him whether he would rather defend himself or have "his daughter's head smashed in." During the subsequent trial, Flynt wore an American flag as a diaper and was jailed for six months for desecration of the flag.
    The question of whether she could sue there reached the U.S. Supreme Court in 1983, with Flynt losing the case.
    More Details Hide Details This case is occasionally reviewed today in first-year law school Civil Procedure courses, due to its implications regarding personal jurisdiction over a defendant. During the proceedings in Keeton v. Hustler Magazine, Flynt reportedly shouted "Fuck this court!" and called the justices "nothing but eight assholes and a token cunt" (referring to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor). Chief Justice Warren E. Burger had him arrested for contempt of court, but the charge was later dismissed.
  • 1977
    Age 34
    He claimed to be an evangelical Christian for one year, "converted" in 1977 by evangelist Ruth Carter Stapleton, the sister of President Jimmy Carter.
    More Details Hide Details He said he became "born again" and that he had a vision from God while flying with Stapleton in his jet. He continued to publish his magazine, however, vowing to "hustle for God." He has since declared himself an atheist. Flynt disowned his eldest daughter, Tonya Flynt-Vega, after she became a Christian anti-pornography activist. In her 1998 book Hustled, she claims that Flynt sexually abused her as a child, often calling her names. Flynt has denied the charges, claiming to have passed a polygraph test and to be in possession of a tape recording of his daughter admitting she made up the accusations for money. In 1994, Flynt bought a Gulfstream II private jet, which was used in the movie The People vs. Larry Flynt. In 2005, he replaced it with a Gulfstream IV. He currently resides in the Hollywood Hills. He also still owns property near Lakeville in Magoffin County, Kentucky.
  • 1976
    Age 33
    He was first prosecuted on obscenity and organized crime charges in Cincinnati in 1976 by Simon Leis, who headed a local anti-pornography committee.
    More Details Hide Details He was given a sentence of 7 to 25 years in prison, but served only 6 days in jail; the sentence was overturned on appeal following allegations of prosecutorial misconduct, as well as judicial and jury bias. One argument resulting from this case was reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1981. Flynt made an appearance in a feature film based on the trial, The People vs. Larry Flynt, playing the judge who sentenced him in that case. Outraged by a derogatory cartoon published in Hustler in 1976, Kathy Keeton, then girlfriend of Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione, filed a libel suit against Flynt in Ohio. Her lawsuit was dismissed because she had missed the deadline under the statute of limitations. She then filed a new lawsuit in New Hampshire, where Hustler's sales were very small.
    Flynt created his privately held company Larry Flynt Publications (LFP) in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details LFP published several other magazines and also controlled distribution. LFP launched Ohio Magazine in 1977, and later its output included other mainstream work. LFP sold the distribution business, as well as several mainstream magazines, beginning in 1996. LFP started to produce pornographic movies in 1998, through the Hustler Video film studio, that bought VCA Pictures in 2003. In 2014, Flynt said his print portfolio made up only 10% of his company's revenue, and predicted the demise of Hustler due to competition from the Internet. On June 22, 2000, Flynt opened the Hustler Casino, a card room located in the Los Angeles suburb of Gardena. After it opened, many observers in the gaming industry speculated that, because of his past legal troubles, Flynt might not be able to get a license to operate a card room. However, the California Gambling Control Commission has confirmed that Flynt is the sole proprietor and gaming licensee of the Hustler Casino.
    Flynt has been married five times. He married his fourth wife, Althea, in 1976 and they remained married until her death in 1987.
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  • 1975
    Age 32
    He purchased them for $18,000 and published them in the August 1975 issue.
    More Details Hide Details That issue attracted widespread attention, and one million copies were sold within a few days. Now a millionaire, Flynt bought a $375,000 mansion. On March 6, 1978, during a legal battle related to obscenity in Gwinnett County, Georgia, Flynt and his local lawyer, Gene Reeves, Jr., were returning to the courthouse when they were shot on the sidewalk in front of 136 South Perry Street in Lawrenceville by a sniper standing near an alley across the street. The shooting left Flynt partially paralyzed with permanent spinal cord damage, and in need of a wheelchair. Flynt's injuries caused him constant, excruciating pain, and he was addicted to painkillers until multiple surgeries deadened the affected nerves. He also suffered a stroke caused by one of several overdoses of his analgesic medications. He recovered but has had pronunciation difficulties since.
  • 1972
    Age 29
    This item became so popular with his customers that by May 1972, he expanded the Hustler Newsletter to 16 pages, then to 32 pages in August 1973. As a result of the 1973 oil crisis, the American economy went into recession.
    More Details Hide Details Revenues of Hustler Clubs declined, and Flynt had to either refinance his debts or declare bankruptcy. He decided to turn the Hustler Newsletter into a sexually explicit magazine with national distribution. He paid the start-up costs of the new magazine by deferring payment of sales taxes his clubs owed on their activities. In July 1974, the first issue of Hustler was published. Although the first few issues went largely unnoticed, within a year the magazine became highly lucrative and Flynt was able to pay his tax debts. Flynt's friend Al Goldstein said that Hustler took its inspiration from his own tabloid SCREW, but credited him with accomplishing what he had not: creating a national publication. In November 1974, Hustler showed the first "pink-shots," or photos of open vulvas. Flynt had to fight to publish each issue, as many people, including some at his distribution company, found the magazine too explicit and threatened to remove it from the market. Shortly thereafter, Flynt was approached by a paparazzo who had taken nude pictures of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis while she was sunbathing on vacation in 1971.
    In January 1972, Flynt created the Hustler Newsletter, a two-page, black-and-white publication about his clubs.
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  • 1968
    Age 25
    Flynt decided to open a new, higher-class bar, which would also be the first in the area to feature nude hostess dancers; he named it the Hustler Club. From 1968 onward, with the help of his brother Jimmy and later his girlfriend Althea Leasure, he opened Hustler Clubs in Akron, Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, and Toledo, Ohio.
    More Details Hide Details Soon each club grossed between $260,000 and $520,000 a year. He also acquired the Dayton franchise of a small newspaper called Bachelor's Beat, which he published for two years before selling it. At the same time, he closed a money-losing vending-machine business.
  • 1965
    Age 22
    In early 1965, Flynt took $1,800 from his savings and bought his mother's Dayton, Ohio bar, the Keewee.
    More Details Hide Details He refitted it and was soon making $1,000 a week; he used the profits to buy two other bars. He worked as many as 20 hours a day, taking amphetamines to stay awake. He frequently had to break up fistfights between drunken customers.
  • 1964
    Age 21
    He was honorably discharged in July 1964.
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  • 1960
    Age 17
    After living on his savings for two months, he enlisted in the United States Navy in July 1960.
    More Details Hide Details He became a radar operator on the USS Enterprise. He was the operator on duty when the ship was assigned to recover John Glenn's space capsule.
  • 1951
    Age 8
    In 1951, Flynt's sister, Judy, died due to leukemia at age four.
    More Details Hide Details The death provoked his parents' divorce one year later; Flynt was raised by his mother in Hamlet, Indiana, and his brother, Jimmy, was raised by his maternal grandmother in Magoffin County. Two years later, Flynt returned to live in Magoffin County with his father because he disliked his mother's new boyfriend. Flynt attended Salyersville High School (now Magoffin County High School) in the ninth grade. However, he ran away from home and, despite being only 15 years old, joined the United States Army using a counterfeit birth certificate. It was around this time that he developed a passion for the game of poker. After being honorably discharged, Flynt returned to his mother in Indiana and found employment at the Inland Manufacturing Company, an affiliate of General Motors. However, there was a union-led slowdown and he was laid off after only three months. He then returned to his father in Kentucky. For a brief period, he became a bootlegger but stopped when he learned that county deputies were searching for him.
  • 1942
    Born on November 1, 1942.
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