One area of security that is usually reserved for the rich and famous is the bodyguard. We only really notice them when they are pushing paparazzi out of the way or covering celebrities as they head to a waiting car. They are generally men, but not always, big, surly and often wear sunglasses, ear pieces and a Body Worn Camera. For more information, visit http://www.pinnacleresponse.com/body-cameras-and-the-law/. Normally we wouldn’t ever know too much about them as the focus is the famous person they are protecting but some bodyguards have become celebrities in their own right. Here we take a look at some of the most famous bodyguards.
Nasser al-Bahri – this chap had a really tough gig. Also known as Abu Jandal (the killer) he spent several years protecting Osama Bin Laden. He fought in a few wars and then returned to Yemen. He was arrested and jailed for two years but was freed after promising to study Islam and discuss religious topics. He has turned a new leaf and now works as a business consultant.
Anna Loginova – one of the rare female bodyguards, Anna was also a model. She was the epitome of calm under pressure and is regarded as one of the best female guards of all time. She ran her own security company, training and supplying female bodyguards which some celebrities preferred as they are more discrete. Sadly, she was killed in carjacking incident.
Barry Mannakee – another bodyguard to meet an untimely end. He was the former guard to Princess Diana and gained his fame for being a rather close confidant to the princess. Some suspected an affair was taking place and while there was no evidence, Diana was recorded as saying she was in love with him. He was killed in a car accident in 1987.
Brodus Clay – this guy stands 6 foot 7 inches tall and weighs 400 pounds so it’s no wonder he got into the security business. His name is actually George Murdoch but he is better known for his wrestling alter ego, Brodus Clay. He started his bodyguard career protecting Snoop Dogg but decided to retire in 2006 to focus on his wrestling.
Mykola Melnychenko – was the bodyguard for the Ukrainian President and between 1998 and 2000 he recorded the President’s conversations. After gaining plenty of evidence of the President’s dodgy dealings, he fled the country and revealed all. His recordings revealed that the President had ordered the kidnap and murder of a journalist and had been selling illegal firearms to Iraq. No wonder he fled the country! He was granted political asylum in the U.S.
Chuck Zito – has been around for a long time. He started off as an amateur boxer and labourer after dropping out of school. He joined the Hell’s Angels and set up a security firm called Charlie’s Angels Bodyguard Services. He soon became very popular around the stars of Hollywood and his business grew rapidly. I guess with all those Hollywood contacts, it’s no wonder he ended up working as a stuntman and actor. He no longer guards but still acts.