October 14, 1946 |
|Occupation||Brothel owner, television personality, restaurateur|
Dennis Hof (born October 14, 1946) is an American brothel owner, entrepreneur, restaurateur and star of the HBO series Cathouse. He is best known as the owner of seven legal brothels in Nevada. In the state of Nevada, prostitution's legality is determined on a county-by-county basis. Several of his brothels are in Moundhouse, Nevada, a few minutes outside Carson City. His best-known brothel is the Moonlite BunnyRanch.
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 both potential and past clients. He often appears on talk shows. Hof employs adult film stars, including Sunset Thomas, with whom he also had a romantic relationship. He has also given free offers to soldiers returning from duty.
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.[dead link]
The biggest boost, arguably, to the Moonlite BunnyRanches' profile and Hof's, was the HBO series Cathouse which ran from 2002 to 2014. Two documentary series followed. In 2005 Cathouse: The Series'' premiered. Cathouse 2: Back in the Saddle appeared in 2007. Dennis Hof also was the producer of 'Working in Bed'.
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".
Public speaking and television appearances
Hof has appeared on Walton and Johnson, Brand X with Russell Brand, Rover's Morning Glory, The Johnny Dare Morning Show, Todd and Tyler, "Rod Ryan Show" (94.5, The Buzz), American Pimp, The Tyra Banks Show, Lex and Terry, the Opie and Anthony Show, The Adam Carolla Show, The Howard Stern Show, The Mike Calta Show, Loveline with Stryker & Dr. Drew, "Derek and Romaine" and on Dr. Phil, as well as giving a tour and interview to conservative pundit Sean Hannity on Hannity and Colmes.
In March 2015, Hof released a book, The Art of the Pimp.
In Cathouse: The Musical, Hof revealed that he only dates prostitutes. "I don't date civilians (non-working girls)." The documentary series has shown several of his relationships with employees, most notably adult film star Sunset Thomas and Heidi Fleiss.
- In episode 3 of season 2 of "Cathouse," Hof mentions that he was born and raised in Phoenix.
- "NRS: CHAPTER 244 - COUNTIES: GOVERNMENT". state.nv.us. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "Unlawful advertising of prostitution", NRS 201.430 and 201.440
- ABC News. "Rough Recession Tests Brothel Boundaries". ABC News. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "Official Bunny Ranch Homepage Bunny Ranch Girls Pics and Videos BunnyRanch in Las Vegas". bunnyranch.com. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- John Katsilometes. "Suit against Sunset Thomas offers new wrinkle in the oldest profession". LasVegasSun.com. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "Nevada brothel offers free sex to returning troops". Reuters (CNN). June 3, 2003. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
- 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
- Skorupa, Susan (June 19, 2015). "'The Art of the Pimp': Dennis Hof tells all". Reno Gazette-Journal. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
- "Bunny Ranch Pimp Dennis Hof Wants to Run for Senate to End Sex Trafficking". VICE. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- Rebecca Mead (23 April 2001). "American Pimp". The New Yorker. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- Adam Carolla Show 
- "The Self-Proclaimed 'P. T. Barnum of Booty' Is Making Books Sexy Again". VICE. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- Cathouse: The Musical
- Kenny Herzog. "Dennis Hof Interview - Dennis Hof on 'The Art of the Pimp'". Esquire. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "Ron Paul endorsed by Nevada brothel owner". msnbc.com. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- "The Moonlite BunnyRanch Endorses Ron Paul For President". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- BEN BOTKIN LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. "Nevada brothel owner says he might run for U.S. Senate". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 14 October 2015.
- Amber Phillips (9 July 2015). "The Libertarian Party is backing a brothel owner. And yes, it supports legal prostitution.". Washington Post. Retrieved 14 October 2015.