Playboy readers are in it for the celebrity interviews, the entertainment and for the beautiful women that grace the covers. So it takes a lot of bravado and stardom for a man to make the cover of Playboy. These are the men who could more than handle the honor.
Playboy readers are in it for the celebrity interviews, the entertainment and for the beautiful women that grace the covers. So it takes a lot of bravado and stardom for a male to make the cover of Playboy. These are the men who could more than handle the honor.
In April 1964, Playboy history was made when actor and comedian Peter Sellers was the first man to make the cover with actress Karen Lynn. The cover was a parody of the lovers in James Bond’s You Only Live Twice. It was the same year Sellers was featured in four of his major films The Pink Panther, A Shot in the Love, The World of Henry Orient and Dr. Strangelove, for which he was nominated for an Oscar.
Actor, director and real life Playboy Burt Reynolds made the cover in October 1979. Reynolds had already been featured in the July 1972 issue with The Godfather’s James Caan (both sporting pimped out man jewelry, in case you were wondering). But he snagged the cover in 1979 with Playmate Gig Gangel, the same year he starred in the film Starting Over.
Steve Martin is the only celebrity who could get away with a cover like this. The January 1980 anniversary issue featured his interview, and discussed his breakout role in The Jerk. “That script was basically my idea: a guy is raised by a poor black family but realizes at some point that he’s actually white — and a bum,” he said. “Then he gets rich off the dumbest thing in the world. That story always fascinated me, about the guy who invented the hooks on your pants who made a million billion dollars.” It was just the beginning for Martin.
The Donald—a force of nature in the business world, and doing it with the most famous comb over ever. He was on the cover in March 1990 with Playmate Brandi Brandt. His interview in the magazine came right after he made the Forbes’ World Billionaire List for the first time, when he was worth $1.5 billion. “Rich people are great survivors and, by nature, they fall into two categories—those who have inherited and those who have made it,” Trump said in his interview.
Few things are more 1990s than Dan Aykroyd as a conehead on the August 1993 cover with Pamela Anderson. Coneheads hit theaters in 1993, and Akroyd played the alien Beldar. He was also one of the writers—Coneheads was originally a skit Arkroyd created for Saturday Night Alive. He was a Blues Brother, a Ghostbuster and then a Conehead. Of course he should be on the cover of Playboy.
Jerry Seinfeld dominated television in 1993 with Seinfeld, which ran for nine seasons and has become one of the most celebrated TV shows in pop culture. The comedian made Playboy’s cover in March 1993 with eight Playmates. The issue featured his Playboy Interview, and it was described as “a candid conversation with TV’s top-rated comic about the important things: sneakers, masturbation, dating teenagers and making a hit show about nothing.” Sounds like Seinfeld to us.
Actor and comedian Leslie Nielsen appeared on the February 1996 cover with Playmates Sandra Taylor, Catherine Shaw and Traci Adell. Neilsen has appeared in more than 60 films, and this issue was published right before his film Dracula: Dead and Loving It was about to come out. Nielsen’s feature in the issue was The Naked Film Festival, where he acted out favorite film classics with naked Playmates. Only a man of Nielsen’s stature could pull that off.
It was 1999, and Gene Simmons and four of the original band members of KISS were on their latest tour. So it made sense for the blood-spitting “demon” to make the March 1999 Sex and Music issue. In 1995, KISS came back together for the first time in more than a decade to play for MTV’s Unplugged. The response was so great that they decided to go on tour again. They have released more than 24 studio albums since 1974 and are icons of rock.
Knocked Up and Suberbad star Seth Rogen was on the April 2009 cover with Playmate Hope Dworacyzk. The issue also featured his Playboy Interview, which occurred right after Pineapple Express and Zack and Miri Make a Porno had came out.
Pop star Bruno Mars was on the Sex and Music issue cover in April 2012 with 2013 Playmate of the Year Raquel Pomplun. Mars is worth an estimated $40 million and was the best-selling artist worldwide by digital single sales in 2011. He performed for the Superbowl XLVIII Halftime Show in 2014, which was the most watched halftime show in history, drawing in 115.3 million viewers.