One of the very few things that Al Capone and Pope Francis have in common is that they both started out in the security service. Francis was a nightclub bouncer in his home town of Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he rarely used force and was generally very polite. Meanwhile, 20-year-old Al Capone worked as a bouncer in a Chicago brothel, where he broke a lot of heads and contracted syphilis, which would eventually kill him.
However, most people who work in security don’t end up becoming pope, and very few end up becoming notorious crime bosses who are later played in Hollywood films by Robert de Niro. It’s also true to say that very few people who work security in London end up picking up Oscar nominations or getting papped coming out of the same club just a few short years later with a supermodel on their arm. Actually we haven’t managed to track down any.
It’s also worth pointing out that most people who work in London security — the ones who are lucky enough to work for a decent company at least — are pretty happy with that. But for those of you who see security work as a potential stepping stone to superstardom, check out this list of former security guards and bouncers who went on to need licensed security details of their own…