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Celebrities don’t just play characters on the big screen.
From Tom Cruise to Clint Eastwood, many Hollywood superstars have become true heroes, stepping in and taking action when needed.
“The Millionaire” actor Dev Patel recently made headlines when he tried to stop a stabbing at a gas station in Australia.
A couple got into an argument that ended with the woman stabbing the man in the chest, despite Patel’s attempt to de-escalate the situation. The actor stayed with the man until authorities arrived.
The man was taken to hospital and the woman was taken into custody and charged with aggravated assault, 7NEWS reports.
“Dev acted on his natural instinct to try to de-escalate the situation and break up the fight,” a rep for Patel told 7NEWS. “Fortunately the group were able to do so and they remained in place to ensure the arrival of the police and eventually the ambulance.”
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Here are some other celebrities who became heroes in real life:
Tom Cruise has saved many lives many times.
The “Top Gun” actor saved five people whose yacht caught fire in 1996. Cruise jumped into action while vacationing in Capri, Italy, with his then-wife Nicole Kidman.
Cruz simply “did what any decent person would do,” his rep explained to People magazine at the time. “If I’m ever in trouble, I hope Tom Cruise is around.”
That same year, Cruz witnessed a woman hit by a car. The actor had a bystander call 911 and followed the woman to the hospital. She has a broken leg and bruised ribs. Cruise paid her sick leave after discovering she didn’t have insurance.
The Mission: Impossible actor is also credited with saving the lives of young fans who were crushed during a premiere appearance and stopping two men from being mugged, according to reports.
Kate Winslet is credited with saving the life of Virgin Group founder Richard Branson’s mother while on holiday in the British Virgin Islands in 2011.
Winslet and about 20 other guests were awakened when a fire broke out in the home around 4 a.m., according to reports. The Titanic star carried Branson’s mother, who was in her 90s at the time, to safety.
“My mother is 90 and can walk, but it was more just to speed up the process than anything else. But anyway, she was awesome. She picked her up and got them out of the house as fast as she could,” Branson told The Telegraph at the time.
“Talking to her, she said it’s like being on a movie set where you’re waiting for the words ‘cut’ but they just don’t come. So it was pretty surreal for her to be in a real-life situation.”
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Kate Winslet’s Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio came to the aid of a man who fell off a cruise ship in 2020. DiCaprio was vacationing near St. Bart’s when he learned the cruise ship was looking for a passenger.
DiCaprio and his companions, including girlfriend Camila Morone, joined the effort. The group found the man, who had been treading water for 11 hours, and brought him back to safety, according to E! News.
John Krasinski helped save a woman’s life while living in Costa Rica. The ‘Office’ star sprang into action after the woman was swept away by a ‘crazy wave’.
“One of the places I went to was this amazing beach called Manuel Antonio, which I didn’t know had an insane wave,” the actor recalled during an interview with Playboy in March 2018. “While I was swimming there — it’s a story I’ve never told anyone—this Costa Rican girl and an American guy were swimming right next to me and we were knee deep. I went under the water for a second and when I came back he was screaming at the top of Literally in three seconds the girl was swept 150 yards.”
“At that point I didn’t ask anyone. There was no one to help me. I just went out and tried to save her,” he recalled. “And then, of course, when I got out there, I was at odds with her. It was one of those moments of, ‘Oh my God, you just made a bad choice and it could cost you your life.'”
Eventually, surfers helped the two to safety.
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Harrison Ford has rescued more than one stranded tourist with his helicopter.
The “Indiana Jones” star came to Sarah George’s aid in 2000 as she climbed 11,106-foot Table Mountain. George’s fellow hikers moved her to more level ground and Ford arrived in his Bell 407.
“He was wearing a T-shirt and a cowboy hat,” George said, according to ABC News. “It didn’t look like I’d ever seen it before.”
“I can’t believe I got away in Harrison Ford’s helicopter,” she added.
Ford also came to the aid of a 13-year-old Boy Scout the following year who was stranded in a forest near Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
“Cody said the kids asked him if he got an autograph and he said, ‘No, but I got a hug and a handshake, and that’s better than an autograph,'” the boy’s mother told The Associated Press.
In 2012, Jennifer Lawrence helped a woman who accidentally passed out outside the Hunger Games star’s home in California. According to reports, the actress waited with the “young woman” until help arrived.
“The 911 call was received at approximately 6:41 p.m. Monday night. Jennifer Lawrence and some other local residents assisted a young woman who appeared to have been drinking and was in front of an apartment building,” said Sgt. Richard Lewis of the Santa Monica Police Department told US Weekly at the time.
“Miss Lawrence and several others waited by the woman’s side until the police and paramedics arrived. It wasn’t serious and the female will be fine.’
Ryan Gosling once helped save the life of a British journalist who nearly stepped on traffic.
“I didn’t think to look the right way,” Laurie Penny later wrote of the incident. “An actor happened to be passing by and stopped me from being run over by a car. I told you “Thank you”. And that was it. The actor turned out to be Ryan Gosling.”
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am CEO Steve John credits Clint Eastwood for saving his life.
John was eating an appetizer when he began to choke. Eastwood used the Heimlich maneuver on the CEO and “saved [his] life.”
“I was drinking water and eating these little snacks and threw in a piece of cheese and it just didn’t work,” John recalled to ESPN. “I was looking at him and I couldn’t breathe. He recognized it right away and saved my life.”
“I can’t believe I weigh 202 pounds and he threw me in the air three times,” John told the Carmel Pine Cone.
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Rapper TI talked a young man out of killing himself in 2010. The man was considering jumping from a 22-story building in Atlanta’s Colony Square when TI appeared “out of nowhere,” police said at the time.
The man was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta for a psychological evaluation.
“It’s very, very hard for me to take credit for it,” the rapper told US Weekly. “God did all the work. I just showed up. So I can’t say it’s the most heroic thing I’ve ever done. It was probably one of the most spiritual moments I’ve ever had.”
Jamie Foxx saved the life of a man whose car caught fire after a crash near the actor’s home in the Los Angeles area in 2016.
The man crashed into a “ditch”, flipping the car several times before bursting into flames. Fox sprung into action and pulled the man out of the vehicle where he was trapped.
“I’m not a hero,” Fox told reporters at the time, “but I had to do something.”
The driver was later “arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol,” according to authorities.