John Bindon

Actor, bodyguard John Bindon

John Dennis Arthur "Biffo" Bindon was a British actor and bodyguard who had close links with the London underworld. The son of a London cab driver, Bindon was frequently in trouble as a youth for getting into fights, and spent two periods in Borstal. He was spotted in a London pub by Ken Loach who asked him to star in his film Poor Cow. Other film and television productions followed, with Bindon sought after to play gangsters or tough police detectives.
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  • 1993
    Age 49
    In the 1980s Bindon became reclusive and died in 1993 from an AIDS-related illness.
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  • 1979
    Age 35
    Bindon was acquitted of Darke's murder in November 1979.
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    He gave himself up to police and in the subsequent trial at the Old Bailey in October 1979.
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  • 1978
    Age 34
    In 1978, Bindon became involved in a fight with John Darke, a London gangster, outside the Ranelagh Yacht Club, in Fulham, London.
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  • 1977
    Age 33
    In early 1977, Bindon was hired by Peter Grant on advice from tour manager Richard Cole as security co-ordinator for the rock group Led Zeppelin during their concert tour of the United States.
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  • 1968
    Age 24
    Bindon was awarded the Queen's Award for Bravery, a police bravery medal, for diving off Putney Bridge into the River Thames to rescue a drowning man, in 1968, although some said he had pushed the man in and only rescued him when a policeman appeared.
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    In 1968, he met Vicki Hodge, a baronet's daughter turned model and actress, who introduced him to British aristocracy.
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  • 1943
    Born on October 4, 1943.
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