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Bob Guccione

Publisher Bob Guccione

Profession: Publisher

United States of America

Biography: Bob Guccione was an American magazine publisher and founder of Penthouse magazine. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1930, and raised in Bergenfield, New Jersey. After high school, he served in the U.S. Air Force and then attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he studied painting.

In 1965, Guccione founded Penthouse, a men's magazine that featured nude photos of women, as well as articles on politics, sports, and other topics. The magazine was a success and by the 1970s Guccione was one of the richest men in the United States.

In addition to Penthouse, Guccione also founded the magazine Omni, which featured articles on science and technology. He also produced several films, including the 1980 film Caligula, which was a box office bomb.

In the late 1990s, Guccione's business began to decline, and he filed for bankruptcy in 2003.

Born: December 17, 1930
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: October 20, 2010 (aged 79)
Cause of Death: Lung cancer

Married Life

  • 1988-01-17 Publisher Bob Guccione (57) weds actress Katherine Keeton (48)

Historical Events

  • 1983-10-27 Larry Flynt pays hitman $1M to kill Hugh Hefner, Bob Guccione, Walter Annenberg, and Frank Sinatra; Flynt's business manager immediately stops payment; Flynt claims he was just joking
  • 2013-09-09 Barry Avrich’s film "Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story", about the life of Penthouse founder Bob Guccione, premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival

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