Lenny McLean

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Leonard John "Lenny" McLean (9 April 1949 – 28 July 1998), also known as "The Guv'nor," was a famed East End of London bareknuckle fighter, bouncer, former criminal and prisoner, author, businessman, bodyguard, enforcer, weightlifter, television presenter, and actor; McLean was often referred to as "the hardest man in Britain".

McLean made his name in the late 1960s and remained famous in the 1970s through to the mid 1980s. McLean stated that he had been involved in between 2,000 to 3,000 fights in his life on the streets or "cobbles," in pubs and clubs and in the ring.

Adding to McLean's strongman image was his famed weightlifting. McLean claimed in his autobiography to have been well known in the criminal underworld. McLean was a much respected and feared figure, often associated with such figures as the Kray twins, Ronnie Biggs, Ronnie Knight, Dave Courtney and Charles Bronson. He was also well known around the London nightclub scene as a bouncer, where he often ran security.

In his later life, McLean went into acting. His most acclaimed role was in Guy Ritchie's 1998 British gangster comedy film: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,...
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