5 FAMOUS CELEBRITY BODYGUARDS
1. Laurence Tureaud
Many may have thought that he was just acting the hard-man in 80s US TV series The A-Team, but Laurence Tureaud, aka Mr. T, was a real life bodyguard, and a very successful one at that. In his early years he is said to have protected people from all walks of life including prostitutes, welfare recipients, preachers, bankers, school teachers and local store owners. Once his reputation as a hard man grew, he went on to protect some of the world’s biggest stars including Michael Jackson, Diana Ross and even people who should have been able to look after themselves, like Muhammad Ali and Smokin’ Joe Frazier. During his bodyguard years he also claimed to have protected five models, three politicians, seven clothes designers, seven judges, six sportsmen and forty-two millionaires. I pity the fool who tried to mess with anyone on that list
2. Christopher “Big Black” Boyk
Christopher “Big Black” Boykin was brought to fame as a 375-pound, 6-foot-6-inch bodyguard after staring in the the MTV show Rob and Big from 2006 to 2008, where he can be seen trying to protect skateboarder/actor/producer Rob Dyrdek as he attempts to break numerous world records and skates and stuff. Unable to do much serious body-guarding during the filming of the show Boykin set about to break some world records of his own, managing to set Guinness World Records for peeling and eating three bananas in under 60 seconds and for eating five powdered donuts in 2 minutes and 45 seconds. Thought to be worth an estimated $3 million, Boykin also has his own clothing range called ‘Big Black’.
3. Chris Ryan
Sergeant Chris Ryan (actually Rowlands Gill) is famed for his role in the ill-fated Bravo Two Zero project with Andy McNab and has since released a series of best-selling books, as well as becoming a TV personality in his own right. However, what many people don’t know is that he is still working in the security services as a private bodyguard, secretly looking after many clients such as the US billionaire Dart family.
4. Moshe Benabou
Moshe Benabou is an ex-Israeli military machine, specialist in the deadly Krav Maga, and well-known tough guy who is probably most famous for suing Justin Beiber after the teenage pop idol punched him in the chest backstage after a performance. Despite his imposing frame and martial arts skills the ex-soldier tried to sue Bieber for assault, battery and emotional trauma. Bieber settled out of court but fans are hoping for a rematch to be announced very soon.
5. Brodus Clay
WWE wrestler Brodus Clay may now be a world-wide wrestling star but in a previous life, as George Murdoch (his real name), he was actually very well known as Snoop Dogg’s bodyguard. Here are Brodus Clay’s own words on the matte
“Snoop and I just hit it off, because he liked my sarcasm, and honestly, (being a bodyguard) was great in terms of being able to cut promos and get personality. I was always the bad guy with Snoop. I was always the heavy, the one who would say no, and I enjoyed it.”
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