Celebrities Who Are Also Heroes in Real Life
Many actors play heroes in movies and on TV, which prompts many fans to see them as larger-than-life figures in real life. Unfortunately, some stars only go out of their way to help others on screen and don’t deserve that level of hero worship. However, some go above and beyond to be real-life heroes worthy of admiration long after the cameras have stopped rolling.
Some celebrities have actually saved people's lives or helped them escape danger. One star even played a critical role in getting a fan a much-needed organ donation. Here’s a look at some of our favorite celebrities who deserve to truly be called heroes.
A man was about to jump from a 22-story building, and police were trying to talk him off the ledge. That's when rapper T.I. offered to talk to the man and got him to step down. T.I. and the man talked for a bit before the would-be jumper was escorted to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
For starters, Leonardo DiCaprio is a climate change hero who has used his influence and resources to try to save the planet for a long time now. Aside from that, he once saved a man's life. The man had fallen from a cruise ship — yes, apparently, that can really happen — and had been treading water for 11 hours when DiCaprio came to the rescue.
Sofía Vergara and her friend saw a woman fall to the ground when they were leaving Bellagio's Hyde nightclub in Las Vegas at 3:00 in the morning. Vergara had some medical training, so she rushed to the woman's aid and took her pulse.
Ryan Gosling saved a woman's life by preventing her from walking into traffic. The British woman was traveling in the U.S., and she looked the wrong way for oncoming traffic, as cars drive on the other side of the street in Great Britain. She would have gotten hit by a car if it wasn't for Gosling stepping in to stop her.
Country music star Garth Brooks and a friend were driving in Oklahoma in 2003, when they came upon a grass fire that was moving toward a house. The two stopped the car, ran over to the house and pounded on the door. Two young brothers, a 14-year-old and a 10-year-old, were inside alone.
Harrison Ford is known for being a hero on the big screen, but what many people don't know is that he's also a hero in real life. Two hikers were lost in the mountains of Wyoming and sounded an alarm as a cry for help. One was suffering from extreme dehydration.
When an elderly woman was injured in a car crash, Zoe Saldana witnessed the accident and came to her rescue. She helped the woman out of her car and called 911 right away. Then she stayed with the woman until the ambulance arrived.
Dustin Hoffman was in Hyde Park in London when he noticed a jogger start to stagger and then collapse. Without hesitation, he rushed to the jogger's side and called an ambulance immediately. Luckily, the paramedics got there in time to perform an emergency procedure and save the jogger's life.
Danny Trejo commonly plays dastardly villains on screen, but he is exactly the opposite in real life. Trejo was driving in Sylmar, California, when he witnessed a car crash. One of the cars rolled upside down. He pulled over, and when he got to the rolled car, he saw a baby inside, strapped into a car seat.
After high school, John Krasinski moved to Costa Rica to teach English. One day at the beach, he saw a woman get taken out to sea by a riptide. Krasinski was the only one there, so he knew what he had to do. He jumped into the water and went after her.
From 1980 to 1984, Steve Buscemi worked as a firefighter in New York City. When 9/11 happened, the city was desperately in need of firefighters, and Buscemi didn’t hesitate to volunteer. He went back to the Little Italy firehouse where he had worked and helped search the rubble for survivors.
Just because Jamie Foxx played a supervillain in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 doesn't mean he is anything like a supervillain off screen. Instead, he has proven himself to be quite the hero in real life. In 2016, an elderly man crashed his car outside Foxx's house.
In the summer of 2012, Jennifer Lawrence and her mom were out walking her dog when they noticed a woman collapse on the grass outside their apartment complex. Lawrence, her mom and another bystander stopped what they were doing and rushed to help the woman.
PGA tournament director Steve John was at a volunteer party in 2014 when he suddenly choked on a piece of cheese. Clint Eastwood also happened to be at the same party and witnessed John start to choke. He rushed over and performed the Heimlich maneuver on the choking man, saving his life.
In 2010, Chris Rock was at a mall in New Jersey when he stumbled upon a woman who had just gone into labor. Just like in the movies, her water broke in an elevator. Rock didn't deliver the baby — how cool would that have been? — but he called for professional help. In the meantime, he did what he could to help soothe the woman.
Tom Cruise may seem a bit — or maybe a lot — crazy, but that doesn't mean he's a bad person. There's proof that he may even be a bit of a hero. Once, Cruise saw a hit-and-run take place in Los Angeles. Without hesitation, he called 911 and then went to help the victim.
The Haiti earthquake of 2010 devastated a lot of people. Two survivors of the quake, a woman and a child, may have Sean Penn to thank for their survival. He pulled both of them out of a pile of rubble after an aftershock caused even more damage.
Vin Diesel went from action movie star to real-life hero in a matter of moments after he witnessed a horrifying crash while riding his motorcycle. The situation escalated quickly when the car caught on fire. That's when Diesel moved in to rescue all the passengers from the burning car.
A thief in London who decided to steal a moped would have probably gotten away with it if Tom Hardy hadn't stepped in to stop him. Hardy saw the crime and went after the thief in a dramatic chase, much like what you would expect to see on the big screen. The thief crashed the moped, and Hardy chased him on foot until he caught him.
Demi Moore used social media to carry out a risky act of heroism to save a stranger's life. In 2009, she got a Twitter message from a woman who told her she was going to use a sharp knife to cut into her own arm. Moore was so alarmed by the message that she decided to share it publicly to seek widespread help.
During a weekend tour for seniors in Toronto, Jim Walpole tripped and fell into scaffolding, which slit his throat. John Malkovich happened to see the accident happen, and he took immediate action by putting pressure on the wound to stop the excessive and dangerous bleeding.
Blake Shelton was driving in Oklahoma when he spotted some men whose vehicle had gotten stuck in a ditch. He stopped what he was doing and immediately went to help them. First, Shelton tried to pull the vehicle out with his truck, but that didn't work. He didn't give up, however.
Kate Winslet stayed on Richard Branson's private island in 2011, and a very rare thing happened. The home caught on fire from a lightning strike. There were about 20 people in the $70 million property at the time, including Winslet's family and Branson's family.
Professional surfer Kelly Slater saved an Australian woman and her baby boy in Oahu after a 30-foot rogue wave crashed over the road. Sarah White was pushing her son in a stroller when the wave crashed over them, sweeping them rapidly across the highway. Luckily, Slater was nearby checking out the ocean's surf potential when it happened.
Benedict Cumberbatch watched in horror from his Uber as a delivery cyclist was assaulted by four men. However, he didn't just sit there and do nothing. He jumped out of the car and into the fight to defend the victim, dodging punches all the while.
Idris Elba was performing at a Manchester theater when a young woman in the audience began to have a seizure. Elba saw what was happening and jumped off the stage to help the woman, who it was later revealed had regular seizures that were ultimately connected to an undiagnosed condition.
Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the hero in a lot of movies, although he might not have imagined that he would have to be one in real life too. That all changed when he was in Hawaii in 2004 and saw a swimmer out in the ocean who looked like he was really struggling.
On a flight from Houston to Los Angeles, a man was trying to open the emergency exit door when actor Michael Rapaport saw him. The flight attendants were at the back of the plane, so Rapaport took it upon himself to pin the man against his seat, preventing him from opening the door.
Social media has more uses than simply being social these days, and Donnie Wahlberg is proof of that. One of Wahlberg's fans desperately needed a kidney, so he did something truly remarkable to help save her life. He sent out a tweet to his massive Twitter following asking for help to find this fan a kidney donor.
Mila Kunis helped save a man's life after he collapsed in her home from a seizure. He was working in Kunis' home when it happened. The seizure was so intense that the man bit through his entire tongue. When she saw what was happening, she rushed over, turned his head to the side and stayed next to him so he would be safe.