Born in Raleigh, North Carolina
Associate of the Gambino crime family
Controlled distribution of 40% of US pornography (both legal and illegal)
Nicknamed the 'Scarface of Porn'
Serving a sentence of 28 years to life for murder
Why he might be annoying
When 'peep booth' creator Nat Bailen complained about his invention being used for smut, Thevis ordered Bailen's factory burned to the ground (1970).
He shot an employee who asked for a raise (1973).
After being convicted of conspiracy to commit arson, he escaped from jail and tracked down and killed the main witness against him, Roger Dean Underhill, and an associate, Isaac Galanti (1978).
The book 'Sleazoid Express' incorrectly reported that he had died in prison in the 80s.
Why he might not be annoying
He was a struggling newsstand operator who turned to porn after discovering that 'Playboy' accounted for only 10% of his sales but almost all of his profits.
While branching into legit businesses, he financed one of Oliver Stone's first films, 'Seizure.'
He was denied parole (1999).
Credit: C. Fishel
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In 2013, Out of 16 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
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In 2009, Out of 63 Votes: 74.60% Annoying
In 2008, Out of 69 Votes: 78.26% Annoying
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