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John Dennis Arthur "Biffo" Bindon (4 October 1943 – 10 October 1993) was a flamboyant British actor and bodyguard, noted for his film roles as a London underworld figure and tough police detective, and his involvement with the underworld in real life. In its obituary, The Independent claimed "he was the archetypal actor-villain, and an all-round `good geezer`.
John Bindon was born in Fulham, London, and was the son of Dennis Bindon, a merchant seaman and engineer, turned cab driver. The second eldest in a working class family of three children, Bindon went to St Mark`s Church School in Fulham where he became a noted rugby union junior, but left at the age of 15. He was given the nickname "Biffo" for starting or getting into fights.
As a teenager, he served time in a Borstal institution for possessing live ammunition. After jobs ranging from laying asphalt to dealing in antiques (his best friend for several years was the glamorous and now-infamous international antiques dealer John Hobbs) Bindon pursued a career in acting. Director Ken Loach, spotting him in a London pub in 1966, considered him perfect for the role of a rough husband in the film, Poor Cow, released the next year. His next big break came with a role in Performance alongside Mick Jagger, where he played a violent mobster. His portrayal earned him critical praise and typecast him for future roles.
In 1968 he met Vicki Hodge, a baronet`s daughter turned model and actress, who introduced him to British aristocracy. However he had been previously invited to the Caribbean island resort of Mustique, where Bindon claimed to have had sex with Princess Margaret. He went back for a second time in 1969 and took girlfriend Hodge with him. The princess later publicly denied meeting Bindon and was reportedly unimpressed to hear stories of their sexual encounters in the press. Bindon`s name was also linked with a succession of models, including Christine Keeler, the former Playboy "Bunny Girl" Serena Williams (not the US tennis player), and also Angela Barnett, then girlfriend and future wife of pop star David Bowie.
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.
While Bindon had a violent temper and a natural intimidating personality, he was also accused of running a protection racket in west London, targeting pubs, restaurants, and cafés. There were also suggestions of connections to The Richardson Gang and the Kray twins, who supported his control of west London, as well as rivalries with gangs from south London. The south London rivalries were suggested to have contributed to his bankruptcy, when he accrued drug debts. The extent of his involvement in the English underworld has never been reliably established.
Bindon`s best known film role was his appearance in The Who`s film Quadrophenia as a drug dealer. He also appeared in the television series Softly Softly playing out his usual tough-guy role, and again in Get Carter in 1971. Despite a productive film and television career, Bindon felt he needed a break from acting, and went into organising security. It was to be a move which would have disastrous personal and financial consequences.
 The Oakland incident
In early 1977, Bindon was hired by Peter Grant on advice from tour manager Richard Cole as security co-ordinator for English rock group Led Zeppelin during their concert tour of the United States. He had previously provided security for actors Ryan and Tatum O`Neal. Bindon took his job to the extreme and developing an addiction to cocaine and heroin, during the tour, much violence occurred behind the scenes directed mostly at journalists, bouncers, and concert staff. The band did not realise the extent of what was happening until their concert at the Oakland Coliseum on 23 July 1977, near the end of their US tour. Upon arrival at the stadium, it is alleged that Bindon pushed a member of promoter Bill Graham`s stage crew out of the way as the band entered via a backstage ramp. As a result, tension had been simmering between Graham`s staff and Led Zeppelin`s security team during the day, and as Grant and Bindon were walking down the ramp near the end of the concert, words were exchanged with stage crew chief Jim Downey, which resulted in Bindon knocking Downey out cold .
Just minutes later a separate off-stage incident occurred. Bill Graham`s security man Jim Matzorkis was accused of slapping Peter Grant`s 11-year-old son Warren for taking a dressing room sign, and the ensuing argument escalated into an all-out brawl. Led Zeppelin`s second Oakland show took place only after Bill Graham signed a letter of indemnification, absolving Led Zeppelin from responsibility for the previous night`s incident. However, Gr
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John Dennis Arthur Bindon
John Dennis "Biffo" Bindon (4 October 1943 – 10 October 1993) was an English 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 (1967). Other film and television productions followed, with Bindon sought after to play gangsters or tough police detectives. He played a violent mobster alongside Mick Jagger in Performance (1970) and a London crime boss in Get Carter (1971). Philip Hoare described Bindon as "the archetypal actor-villain, and an all-round 'good geezer'".
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AIDS (-related cancer?)
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Actor, bodyguard, criminal, outlaw
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London, England, UK
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