From Tom Cruise to Clint Eastwood: A Look at Real-Life Famous Heroes

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Celebrities don’t just play heroes on the big screen.

From Tom Cruise to Clint Eastwood, many Hollywood superstars have become real-life heroes, stepping in and taking action when needed.

“Slumdog Millionaire” actor Dev Patel recently made headlines when he tried to stop a stabbing at a gas station in Australia.

Dev Patel recently tried to de-escalate a fight between a couple that led to a stabbing at a gas station in Australia.
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A couple got into an argument that ended with the woman stabbing the man in the chest, despite Patel’s attempt to defuse the situation. The actor stayed with the man until authorities arrived.

The man was taken to the hospital while the woman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault, according to 7NEWS.

“Dev acted on her natural instinct to try to deescalate the situation and break up the fight,” a representative for Patel told 7NEWS. “Fortunately, the group was successful in doing so, and they remained at the scene to ensure that the police and eventually the ambulance arrived.”

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Here are some other celebrities who have become real-life heroes:

tom cruise

Tom Cruise has saved the lives of several people.

Tom Cruise has saved the lives of several people.
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Tom Cruise has saved the lives of several people, many times.

The “Top Gun” actor saved five people whose yacht caught fire in 1996. Cruise sprang into action while vacationing in Capri, Italy, with then-wife Nicole Kidman.

Cruise just “did what any decent person would do,” his rep explained to People magazine at the time. “If I ever get in trouble, I hope Tom Cruise is around.”

The same year, Cruise witnessed a woman being hit by a car. The actor had a passerby call 911 and followed the woman to the hospital. She suffered a broken leg and bruised ribs. Cruise paid the hospital bills after discovering that he had no insurance.

The “Mission: Impossible” actor is also credited with saving the lives of young fans who were crushed during a premiere performance and preventing two men from being mugged, according to reports.

kate winslet

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Kate Winslet is credited with saving the life of Virgin Group founder Richard Branson’s mother while on vacation in the British Virgin Islands in 2011.

Winslet and about 20 other guests were woken up when a fire started inside the house around 4 a.m., according to reports. The “Titanic” star carried Branson’s mother, who was 90 at the time, to safety.

“My mother is 90 years old and can walk, but it was more to speed up the process than anything else. But she was great anyway. She picked her up and got them out of the house as fast as possible.” Branson told The Telegraph at the time.

“Talking to her, she said it’s like being on a film 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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Leonardo Dicaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio recently saved the life of a man who had fallen overboard on a cruise ship.

Leonardo DiCaprio recently saved the life of a man who had fallen overboard on a cruise ship.
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Kate Winslet’s “Titanic” co-star Leonardo DiCaprio came to the aid of a man who had fallen off a cruise ship in 2020. DiCaprio was vacationing near St. Bart when he learned the cruise ship was looking for a passenger. .

DiCaprio and his fellow passengers, including his girlfriend Camila Morrone, joined the effort. The group located the man, who had been floating in the water for 11 hours, and returned him to safety, according to E! News.

John Krasinski

As a young adult, John Krasinski once helped save a woman who had been caught in a rip current.

As a young adult, John Krasinski once helped save a woman who had been caught in a rip current.
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John Krasinski helped save a woman’s life while living in Costa Rica. The star of “The Office” jumped into action after the woman was swept away by a “crazy tidal wave”.

“One of the places I went to was this amazing beach called Manuel Antonio that I didn’t realize had a strong current,” the actor recalled during an interview with Playboy in March 2018. “While I was swimming there, this is a story I’ve never told anyone: this Costa Rican girl and an American guy were swimming next to me, and we were knee-deep in. I was submerged for a second, and when I came back out, I was screaming at the top of my lungs. In literally three seconds, the girl had been swept 150 yards.”

“At the time, 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 came out, I was in a cross-current with her. It was one of those ‘Oh my God, you just made a bad decision and it could cost you your life’ moments.”

The surfers eventually helped the two get to safety.

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Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford has rescued several stranded people with his helicopter.

Harrison Ford has rescued several stranded people with his helicopter.
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Harrison Ford has rescued more than one stranded hiker with his helicopter.

The “Indiana Jones” star came to the aid of Sarah George in 2000 as she hiked up 11,106-foot Table Mountain. George’s fellow hikers moved her to flatter ground, and Ford arrived in his Bell 407.

“He was wearing a T-shirt and a cowboy hat,” George said, according to ABC News. “He didn’t look like he’d seen it before.”

“I can’t believe I threw up in Harrison Ford’s helicopter,” he added.

Ford also came to the rescue of a 13-year-old Boy Scout the following year who had been stranded in a forest near Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park.

“Cody said the kids asked him if he had an autograph and he said, ‘No, but he gave me a hug and a handshake, and that’s better than an autograph,'” the boy’s mother told the Associated Press.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence once helped a

Jennifer Lawrence once helped a “young woman” who collapsed outside her home in California.
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In 2012, Jennifer Lawrence helped a woman who collapsed outside the “Hunger Games” star’s California home. The actress waited with the “juvenile female” until help arrived, according to reports.

“The 911 call came in around 6:41 pm Monday night. Jennifer Lawrence and a few other locals assisted a young woman who appeared to have been drinking and was outside an apartment building,” said Sgt. Richard Lewis of the Santa Monica Police Department told US Weekly at the time.

“Ms. Lawrence and several others waited with the woman until police and paramedics arrived. It was not serious and the woman will be fine.”

ryan gosling

Ryan Gosling helped save the life of a woman who almost ran into traffic.

Ryan Gosling helped save the life of a woman who almost ran into traffic.
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Ryan Gosling once helped save the life of a British journalist who almost tripped over traffic.

“I didn’t remember to look in the right direction,” Laurie Penny later wrote of the incident. “An actor was passing by and prevented me from being hit by a car. I said, ‘Thank you.’ And that was it. The actor turned out to be Ryan Gosling.”

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood performed the Heimlich maneuver on AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am CEO Steve John when he was drowning.

Clint Eastwood performed the Heimlich maneuver on AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am CEO Steve John when he was drowning.
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Steve John, CEO of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, credits Clint Eastwood with saving his life.

John was eating a snack 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, I dropped a piece of cheese and it just didn’t work,” John recalled to ESPN. “She was looking at Him and couldn’t breathe. She recognized Him right away and it saved my life.”

“I can’t believe I’m 202 pounds and he threw me in the air three times,” John told the Carmel Pine Cone.

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TI dissuaded a man from committing suicide in Atlanta.

TI dissuaded a man from committing suicide in Atlanta.
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Rapper TI dissuaded a young man from killing himself in 2010. The man was thinking of jumping from the 22-story Colony Square building in Atlanta when TI appeared “out of nowhere,” police said at the time.

The man was taken to Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital for a psychological evaluation.

“I’m having a really, really hard time taking credit for this,” 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 may have been one of the most spiritual times I’ve ever had.”

Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx pulled a man out of a burning vehicle after witnessing a car accident.

Jamie Foxx pulled a man out of a burning vehicle after witnessing a car accident.
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Jamie Foxx saved the life of a man whose car caught fire after an accident near the actor’s home in the Los Angeles area in 2016.

The man crashed into a “drainage ditch”, rolling the car several times before it burst into flames. Foxx sprang into action and pulled the man out of the vehicle, where he had been trapped.

“I’m not a hero,” Foxx 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.

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