"I'm the guy who's telling you to beat it, before it gets beaten for you."
—Desiato's bodyguard to Ford Prefect[src]

Hotblack Desiato's bodyguard was the man responsible for Desiato's body while its original inhabitant was spending a year dead for tax reasons. He had a brief confrontation with a drunken Ford Prefect who was trying to talk to Desiato, before the bodyguard told Ford to "beat it".


The bodyguard was seven feet tall and not slightly built. His face had the texture of an orange and the colour of an apple. He had large, meaty hands with one of which he was able to lift up Ford off the ground. Apparently, conversation was a serious challenge for him.

When he encountered Ford at Milliways, he was wearing a white pinstriped suit with a black bowler hat. He had large brown sideburns and a moustache.[1]


Hotblack Desiato's bodyguard appeared in:

Behind the scenesEdit

Hotblack Desiato's bodyguard was portrayed by:

  • David Prowse (best known as the physical performer of Darth Vader) in episode 5 of the TV series.
  • David Tate in the LP adaption of the radio show.

Notes and referencesEdit

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