Leonard John McLean (9 April 1949 – 28 July 1998) was an English unlicensed boxer, bouncer, bodyguard, businessman and actor.In his prime, the 6-foot-3-inch (191 cm) tall McLean weighed over 20 stone (280 lb; 130 kg) and was considered the "unofficial heavyweight champion of Great Britain".As a respected and feared figure, he often associated with infamous criminals such as the Kray twins, Ronnie Biggs and Charles Bronson.In his later life, McLean became an actor, and received praise for playing Barry the Baptist in Guy Ritchie's 1998 gangster comedy film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.His father, Leonard McLean Sr., had been a Royal Marine during the Second World War, but after being debilitated by a near-fatal disease which he contracted in India, he became a petty criminal and swindler.However, when Lenny's infant brother Raymond was beaten brutally with a belt, McLean's great-uncle Jimmy Spinks, a local gangster, attacked Irwin, nearly killing him, and threatened to cut his throat should he ever need to return to protect the children again.By the age of fifteen, McLean realised he could earn a living from fighting and pursued it as his main means of income.McLean's first unlicensed boxing match came about as a result of a chance meeting while in his late teens: when his car broke down in the Blackwall Tunnel he abandoned it and went to buy a replacement from an associate known as Kenny Mac, a gypsy used-car salesman in Kingsland Road, Hackney, only to find the replacement quickly failed too.When Frank Warren formed the National Boxing Council in the 1970s, it allowed the toughest underground fighters in Britain to compete legally.In their final bout, McLean ended the feud with a brutal first-round knockout at the Rainbow Theatre in Finsbury Park, London in September 1978.He also was offered a fight with professional boxer David "Bomber" Pearce, the hard-hitting British heavyweight champion from Newport.McLean was also described as a "fixer" and a "minder", meaning a bodyguard, for criminals and celebrities including Mike Reid, Boy George, and the casts of television shows such as EastEnders and The Bill.According to McLean's autobiography, his name was useful for the smooth progress of various criminal dealings, and to warn off members of the Provisional Irish Republican Army and the Mafia.His lead single "Blue Suede Shoes" failed to break into the top 200 and the album was subsequently scrapped.McLean was featured prominently in a television documentary on nightclub security staff, titled Bounce: Behind The Velvet Rope.His largest and most famous role was in Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), playing the part of criminal enforcer 'Barry the Baptist'.McLean described his family as his "rock," whose existence helped him to reject a life solely devoted to crime, and for whom he maintained some self-control during his fights.One of the assailants, Barry Dalton, a former bare-knuckle fighter who ran protection rackets across London, had a falling out with McLean and confronted him with a shotgun at his home while his children were in the house.In 1992, McLean was working as the head doorman at the Hippodrome in London's Leicester Square, when he ejected a man named Gary Humphries, who suffered from serious mental health problems and was reportedly on drugs, streaking through the nightclub, urinating on the floor and harassing women.McLean's charge was reduced to manslaughter, of which he was cleared at the Old Bailey when it emerged that Humphries had been in a scuffle with the police after being ejected from the nightclub.Professor Gresham, a pathologist who had worked on many high-profile murder cases, gave evidence that the stranglehold applied by the police probably caused the neck injuries which led to Humphries' death.Charged with, and found guilty of, grievous bodily harm, McLean subsequently served an 18-month prison sentence.During the filming of Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, McLean fell ill with what he believed to be flu. The drama film My Name Is Lenny was released in 2017, featuring Australian actor Josh Helman in the title role, and Michael Bisping as Roy "Pretty Boy" Shaw. .
Daughter of notorious East End hardman Lenny McLean reveals
The daughter of notorious East End hardman Lenny McLean is still troubled by his memory 20 years after his death.Kelly McLean had a difficult childhood with her volatile dad, nicknamed The Guv’nor, who for years was regarded as the toughest man in Britain.Lenny, who starred in Guy Ritchie’s 1998 film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, once bit off a man’s nose – but he was terrified of spiders.He would buy Kelly 30 chocolate Easter eggs but fly into a rage if she chewed her dinner too loudly.Her book looks at her chaotic upbringing in a council flat in Bethnal Green, East London.In his teens he started to rub shoulders with figures in London’s criminal underworld and became a feared nightclub enforcer and a friend of the Krays.When he won he’d come home with a wad of cash and throw in the air like confetti, to the joy of Kelly and her brother Jamie, now 47.She remembers how he once put opponent Brian “The Mad Gypsy” Bradshaw in a coma but visited him in hospital days later.His desperation to make a quick buck meant the home was often crammed with knock-off goods such as sunglasses he couldn’t see out of.He once ate 20 boxes of cereal which Kelly says “tasted like cardboard” because he couldn’t bear to admit he was unable to sell them on.After the family bought a newsagent’s in the late 80s, he hurled the till at the head of a man who said he had shortchanged him by a penny.He must have feared for his life.” Kelly tries to balance her dad’s awful fits of fury by speaking of the good times – eating ham sandwiches on the beach in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, playing hide and seek and the Christmases where he’d dress in a Santa hat.His daughter never breathed a word about the violation until she had a nervous breakdown two years ago and told a therapist.While filming Lock, Stock, Lenny became ill with what he thought was flu but he was soon diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.Kelly said: “Guy Ritchie came round my mum’s when my dad was ill. As a joke he said, ‘Whatever you do, don’t die before we make the next movie.’.Kelly and her partner Scott Richardson, 45, left the East End after her mum Val also succumbed to lung cancer in 2007.
Lenny McLean: Why 'The Guv'nor' Was The Toughest Man in Britain
After the death of McLean’s father when Lenny was only 4, a viciously abusive stepfather Jim Irwin turned on the young boy and his four siblings.At one point, McClean’s uncle Jimmy Spinks, the local tough guy and enforcer for the neighborhood bookies, had had enough.After receiving a vicious beating at the hands of Spinks for the pain he was inflicting on his family, Irwin disappeared for several years.As a descent into drinking muddled rational thought, the fire within Lenny grew hotter and the violence more prevalent.Jamie McClean recounts a story in “The Guv’nor” where Lenny, hammered after a day at the pub, fought a man named Jimmy Briggs over a dispute with a girl.Translating his reputation into a money making venture as a bouncer, McClean effectively ran security at many of the East End pubs.That work always comes with a price, and McClean found himself on the wrong end of a shotgun one evening while manning the door of a pub.While most of us immediately think of the Guy Ritchie film “Snatch,” where Brad Pitt as the Pikey flourishes as a calculating, bare-knuckle boxing champion, McClean lived it.Unlicensed boxing matches became a favorite pastime in 1970s London, and by the time he finished his tour, McClean had somewhere north of 2,000 fights (some say 4,000) under his belt, both in and out of the ring.Losing his first fight to Shaw due to an obvious lack of conditioning, McLean quickly arranged a rematch.Training in a makeshift neighborhood “camp” that would make Rocky Balboa’s early days look posh, McLean made sure that in late 1978 the two would meet again in front of several thousand East Enders.On that night, McLean systematically destroyed his opponent, punching him so hard in the second round he knocked him out of the ring, disqualifying Shaw.Under the tutelage of Freddy Hill, McLean developed an understanding of how to truly box, slip, counterpunch, and dismantle a foe, rather than just use brute force to win.The years of abuse by his stepfather, the countless bar brawls, the drinking, the redemption, the training, all culminated in a fury from McLean that Shaw was powerless to stop.Being able to provide for his family gave McLean a rare opportunity to show his more tender side, and we get glimpses into the quiet times.As his boxing career wound down, McLean again returned to bouncing at pubs, this time with an even more notorious reputation.McLean’s particular talents led him to moonlight as a debt collector for organized crime families like the Kray Twins.While managing the door at the Hippodrome Casino in London’s West End in the early ’90s, McLean laid fists to an exceptionally unruly patron.Leaving the world of nightclub bouncing behind him, a segue into writing in the 1990s helped McLean tell his story to a much wider audience.This new-found fame launched an acting career for the bare-knuckle pugilist, which nearly always typecast him in the role of enforcer and street tough, an identity he relished.This is where I remember first seeing McLean, in the role of Barry the Baptist in Guy Ritchie’s 1998 film “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels,” a comically dark, twisted tale of East London’s underground.Cancer finally defeated Leonard John Frederick McLean in 1998 at the age of 49; this was only weeks before the release of “Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.”.Jamie McClean’s reflections on his own upbringing, his struggles with violence and his time in prison for fighting, round out the film leaving the viewer with questions about father/son relationships.It takes a tough man to tackle these questions, and the younger Lenny McLean certainly lives up to the name he bears. .
Review: My Name Is Lenny (2017)
In a scene, just before he fights Roy Shaw for the third time, he is approached by his father who says, “I made you who you are”, the cold piercing stare Helman gives back really embodies the anger.There is also a great supporting cast with Chanel Cresswell tackling an emotional role as McLean’s wife Valerie and Nick Moran as Johnny Bootnose, who helps deliver some subtle humour to the film.The shots, although mainly off camera, are raw and bloody, with a scene where he nearly kills his cousin in a drunken rage by biting his throat off, brutally savage.It’s a gripping drama at heart, with some great performances from the cast, which ensures the film continues to hit just as hard outside of the ring, as it does inside. .
Adrienne Bailon Gets Engaged to Longtime Boyfriend Lenny
As everyone ate dinner, Santiago stood up and expressed his love for Bailon in a heartfelt speech.From there, the Roc Nation manager asked for Bailon’s hand in marriage in front of her family.“The Real” co-host’s makeup artist Eva Kim captured the bride-to-be with her new accessory in a picture, saying, “We did #TeamAB Congratulations to my girl @adrienne_bailon”. .
Lenny McLean vs. Roy Shaw: Battle of the Guv'nors
In the 1970s, working class English hard men settled their disputes in the boxing ring with gloves or on the cobblestones with their bare fists.Roy Shaw had fought in a number of bare-knuckle fights with gypsies and became known as the "unofficial heavyweight champ" and "the hardest man in Britain.".Overwhelmed by Shaw's brutal, close-quarter punching power, Mullins attempted an early version of an MMA takedown to humorous effect.Both of them were "Borstal boys", juvenile offenders, who had served custodial sentences and missed the opportunity to box proper in the ring as amateurs or professionals.Yet fighting was their stock in trade, and recreational pastime, and both men odd jobbed as nightclub bouncers, debt collectors and mob enforcers.When exposed as a crook on the run, the British Board of Boxing Control failed to renew Shaw's license, and banned him from performing in any of their contests thereafter.The second bout in April 1978 was held once again at "Cinatra's Nightclub" (with a C not an S) a classless and gaudy venue in Croydon, South London with a 2000 seat capacity.They had flocked to the bout via word of mouth down the pub, and articles in the UK tabloid press, and bet big on Shaw mugging McLean just like the first time.Buzzing on ego, testosterone and ginseng, the white-robed figure of Shaw glided past the topless ring card girls, waving his taped up fists in the air.In the red corner, grunting like Guy the Gorilla on loan from London Zoo was Lenny McLean.Wary but cagey, McLean boxed behind his left jab and caught Shaw with a three shot flurry that sent him back onto the ropes.Fast, accurate and mortar-like, McLean's boxing was more like milling—a form of all-out fist fighting popular in the British Army.Unable to defend himself against McLean's barrage of one-twos, Shaw flopped about like a mad cow and sunk to the canvas.McLean, oblivious to the Marquis of Queensberry rules, or the looming figure of the referee in black tie, punched Shaw as he was on the ground with a right-handed haymaker worthy of a pub brawl at the Blind Beggar.At this point of the Round 1 demolition job on Roy "Pretty Boy" Shaw, a man who had entered the ring some fifty seconds earlier as the odds-on favorite to win, the Referee stepped in.He shoved the Ref back and stomped on Shaw's head with his heel before being controlled and restrained by four heavies from his corner.He's reduced to being a pusillanimous figure, unable to stop the flow of backhands, rabbit punches, headbutts and Don King head stomps.Unsportsmanlike conduct and riotous proceedings aside, the score was one a' piece and the good folks of London town wanted a best of three.A big, three-thousand seat arena more used to staging rock concerts than unaffiliated boxing matches between two aging hoods.Shaw was a mean old dog but McLean, the bigger and younger man in the red corner, was not going to relinquish the title of Guv'nor so easily.Sensing the power, McLean, the taller of the two men, held onto Shaw's head, pulling him down into uppercuts and right hands.Rather than have a recce in the first round and give the punters their money's worth, Mclean broke off from holding (and hitting) to unload a meaty series of one-two shots that shook Shaw's head and sent him stumbling like a drunk at closing time.He lost twice for the title of Guv'nor to Cliff Fields in 1978 and 1979 by TKO (rumor has it that McLean went around London buying up every available copy of the fights to destroy).Though boasting that he could beat anybody in a fight, McLean had been KO'd by the likes of George 'Pappy' Langley, and lost face when he ducked a straightener from Bartley Gorman, "the King of the Gypsies" and a pro encounter with Dave "Bomber" Pearce, the British heavyweight champ.Like Shaw in his fight with Don Adams in 1975, McLean picked Bradshaw up and whupped him with a series of pub style blows before using him as a doormat.Mclean retired from unlicensed boxing in 1986 and made a new rep as "King of the Bouncers," scaring a generation of club goers during his stint as a doorman at the Camden Palace and Hippodrome nightclubs in London.In the 1990s he found fame as an actor and stole the show in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels before succumbing to lung cancer and dying in 1998. .
'Kitchen Nightmares' Restaurateur the Latest Reality TV Tragedy
In 2007, Cerniglia was featured on celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay's restaurant rehab show, "Kitchen Nightmares."."Your life is an open book to people and that makes you feel very vulnerable," Nadine Kaslow, the chief psychologist at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta told ABCNews.com.In the case of bipolar contestants, the reason they are attracted to these shows may stem from their mental illness and their desire to perform or be famous, Kaslow said.Mentally stable contestants are also vulnerable, especially when the pressures of competition and the public eye prove too great.Goodspeed was ridiculed and flatly rejected by the judges during her audition, but never gave up her obsession with the former Los Angeles Lakers cheerleader and pop star.At the time, Reuters reported that prescription pills, along with CDs and pictures of Abdul, were found in the car.Kaslow added that there are often several factors that lead to a suicide and, in Kosewicz's case, losing her boyfriend could have been an additional stressor, while being eliminated from the show may have been the final straw.The "Partridge Family" star allowed VH-1 cameras to follow every detail of his life for "Breaking Bonaduce," including even an apparent suicide attempt.According to entertainment web site TheWrap.com, the former child actor tried to kill himself by swilling Vodka and Vicodin after his wife Gretchen asked for a divorce during the filming of the reality show – and just prior to the Sept. 12, 2005 premiere.A contestant on the first season of NBC's "The Contender," Turpin shot himself in a parked car just weeks before the series premiere.According to media reports he was also said to have grown frustrated, after being knocked out of the show early, that he was not allowed to compete in any professional boxing matches until the series' finale aired, which would have made it hard for him to support his family.The Georgetown, Ky., single dad appeared on the ABC reality show "Supernanny" in January 2008, seeking help in managing his two sons, Lane, 11, and Tate, 5, after their mom abandoned them.On July 4, 2008, he called Georgetown police from the cemetery where his father was buried and threatened to shoot himself in the chest.Originally the show covered his Oct.
12, 2007 death by saying Clutter, a former call center employee, had fallen during a climbing accident.But after an investigation by the Sheriff's office outside Amarillo, Texas, where he died, it was determined that Clutter had actually jumped from the top of a cellular tower.A member of the Sheriff's Office was also quoted saying that Clutter battled depression and bipolar disorder and his family had recently wired him money so he could return home and receive treatment.Carina Stephenson, a 17-year-old English girl, took her life in May 2005, two weeks before her role on the UK reality show "The Colony" was to air.Jo O'Meara, who appeared on England's "Celebrity Big Brother," downed pills and whiskey after she was accused of being a racist and a bully on the show and received death threats when it was over.She survived after a friend found her, but O'Meara was still furious with producers for "abandoning" her, she told Britain's News of the World in March 2007."Then when the show finished playing with me like a puppet it abandoned me and left me to sort out my problems, knowing just how bad I'd become.". .