|Occupation||Brothel Owner, television personality|
Dennis Hof (born October 14, 1946) is an American brothel owner, entrepreneur, and restaurateur. He is best known as the former, owning seven legal brothels in Nevada. In the state of Nevada prostitution's legality is determined on a county-by-county basis. His brothels are in Moundhouse, Nevada, a few minutes outside Carson City, less than an hour by car from Reno, Nevada, perhaps most well known is the Moonlite BunnyRanch.
In Cathouse: The Musical, Hof reveals that he only dates prostitutes. "I don't date civilians (non-working girls)." The documentary series has shown his several relationships with employees, most notably adult film star Sunset Thomas, and in 2009 he got engaged to Heidi Fleiss.
The Moonlite BunnyRanch
Hof started by purchasing and remodeling The Moonlite BunnyRanch, founded in 1955; he purchased a second brothel, Kitty's, and renamed it The Love Ranch North. Recently Hof purchased two additional brothels from longtime Nye County brothel proprietor Joe Richards: the Cherry Patch in Crystal, Nevada, renamed the Love Ranch South, and the Cherry Patch II in Amargosa Valley, Nevada, renamed the Alien Cathouse.
In contrast to other Nevada brothel owners, who are members of the Nevada Brothel Owners' Association and prefer to keep a low profile, and despite Nevada laws banning brothel advertising, Hof maintains a high profile to create publicity for his brothels.
Hof also operates a website and the "working girls" are encouraged to cultivate online relationships with potential, and past, clients. He often appears on talk shows, employs adult film stars, e.g., Sunset Thomas. He has also given free offers to returning soldiers.
In early 2009, due to the recession, State Senator Bob Coffin (D) had proposed legalizing prostitution statewide for tax purposes. Hof was prominently featured in a number of media reports saying he would expand into Las Vegas given the opportunity, and was already eying some closed casinos as property. However, the Nevada lawmakers had refused to consider the proposal of statewide legal prostitution during that legislative session.
The biggest boost, arguably, to the Moonlite BunnyRanches' profile and Hof's, was the HBO documentary special Cathouse. Two documentary series followed. In 2005 Cathouse: The Series'' premiered. Cathouse 2: Back in the Saddle appeared in 2007.
Both featured a look at the inner working of a legal house of prostitution as well as the life of a number of the "working girls", borrowing some techniques from reality television such as camera-only interviews and staged "spontaneity".
Dennis Hof has appeared on Walton and Johnson, Brand X with Russell Brand, The Johnny Dare Morning Show, The Todd and Tyler Radio Empire, "Rod Ryan Show" (94.5, The Buzz), American Pimp, The Tyra Banks Show, Lex and Terry, the Opie and Anthony Show, The Howard Stern Show, The Bubba The Love Sponge Show, Loveline with Stryker & Dr. Drew, "Derek and Romaine" and on Dr. Phil, as well as giving a tour/interview to conservative pundit Sean Hannity on Hannity and Colmes. Hof and the BunnyRanch were profiled in The New Yorker magazine's 23 April 2001 issue.
- In episode 3 of season 2 of "Cathouse," Hof mentions that he was born and raised in Phoenix.
- NRS 244.345
- Cathouse: The Musical
- "Unlawful advertising of prostitution", NRS 201.430 and 201.440
- Moonlite BunnyRanch Home Page
- Cathouse (2002) at the Internet Movie Database
- Cathouse: The Series at the Internet Movie Database
- Cathouse: Back in the Saddle at the Internet Movie Database
- Hannity Interview link
- Letter from Nevada - American Pimp - How to Make an Honest Living From the Oldest Profession. The New Yorker, 23 April 2001