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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 up and taking action when needed.
‘Slumdog Millionaire’ actor Dev Patel recently made headlines when he tried to commit a stabbing at a gas station in Australia.
Although Patel tried to defuse the situation, a couple got into an argument that ended with the woman stabbing the man in the chest. The actor stayed with the person 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 his natural instinct to de-escalate the situation and break up the fight,” Patel’s representative told 7NEWS. “Thankfully the group were successful in doing so, and they remained on site to ensure the police and eventually the ambulance arrived.”
Actor Dev Patel tries to stop stabbings in Australia: Report
Here are some other celebrities who have become real-life heroes:
Tom Cruise has saved many lives many times.
The “Top Gun” actor saved five people from a yacht fire in 1996. Cruise went into action while vacationing in Capri, Italy with then-wife Nicole Kidman.
Cruz “did what any decent person would do,” his rep told People magazine at the time. “If I ever get into trouble, I hope Tom Cruise is around.”
That same year, Cruise saw a woman hit by a car. The actor said a passerby called 911 and followed the woman to the hospital. His leg was broken and his ribs were injured. Cruise paid her hospital bills when she found out 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 preventing two people from being robbed, according to reports.
Kate Winslet has been 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 awakened around 4 a.m. by the fire inside the house, according to reports. The “Titanic” star took Branson’s mother, who was 90 at the time, to safety.
“My mother is 90 years old and can walk, but it was more about speeding up the process. But whatever, she was great. She picked him up in her arms and got her 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 film set where you’re waiting for the words ‘cut’, but they don’t come. So, being in a real-life situation was very real for her.”
Kate Winslet saves Richard Branson’s mother from a fire
Kate Winslet’s “Titanic” costar Leonardo DiCaprio came to the aid of a man who fell off a cruise ship in 2020. DiCaprio was vacationing near St. Barts when he learned the cruise ship was looking for passengers.
DiCaprio and his fellow passengers, including girlfriend Camila Morone, joined the effort. The group found the man who had been wading 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 jumped into action after the woman was swept away by a “crazy riptide.”
“One of the places I went to was this amazing beach called Manuel Antonio that I didn’t realize had a crazy riptide,” the actor recalled during an interview with Playboy in March 2018. I never told anyone—this Costa Rican girl and an American guy were swimming next to me, and we were kneeling. I went under the water for a second, and when I came back, he was screaming at his top. the lungs Literally, the girl was kicked out 150 yards in three seconds.
“At that moment, I didn’t ask anyone. There was no one to help me. I went out and tried to save her,” he recalled. “And of course, when I got there, I was in a crosscurrent with him. It was one of those moments of ‘Oh my God, you just made a bad choice and it could cost you your life.’
Surfers eventually helped the two to safety.
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Harrison Ford has rescued more than one stranded passenger from his helicopter.
The “Indiana Jones” star came to Sarah George’s aid in 2000 when she was hiking 11,106-foot Table Mountain. George’s companions moved him to a flatter field 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 anything I’d ever seen before.”
“I can’t believe I barfed in Harrison Ford’s helicopter,” he added.
The following year, Ford also came to the rescue of a 13-year-old Boy Scout who was stranded in the woods near Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
“Cody said the kids asked 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 collapsed woman outside the “Hunger Games” star’s California home. According to reports, the actress waited with the “teenage woman” until help arrived.
“The 911 call came in at approximately 6:41 p.m. Monday. Jennifer Lawrence and several other locals assisted a teenage female who was outside the apartment building after drinking,” 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 was not serious, and the woman will be fine.”
Ryan Gosling once helped save the life of a British journalist who almost stepped into traffic.
“I didn’t remember looking the right way,” Laurie Penny later wrote of the incident. “An actor was passing by and stopped me running from a car. I said, ‘Thank you.’ And that was it. The actor was 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 was “saved [his] Life.”
“I was drinking water and eating these little appetizers, threw down a piece of cheese, and it didn’t work,” John recalled to ESPN. “I was looking at him and couldn’t breathe. He recognized me immediately and saved my life.”
“I can’t believe I’m 202 pounds, and he threw me in the air three times,” John told Carmel Pine Cone.
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Rapper TI talked about a young man’s suicide in 2010. The man was considering 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 Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta for a psychiatric evaluation.
“I’m having a hard, hard time taking 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 might be 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 Los Angeles-area home in 2016.
The man rammed into the “exit pit”, spinning the car several times before bursting into flames. Fox jumped into action and pulled the man from the vehicle, where he was stuck.
“I’m not a hero,” Fox told reporters at the time, “but something had to be done.”
The driver was later “arrested for driving while intoxicated,” according to authorities.