From Tom Cruise to Clint Eastwood: A look at real-life celebrity heroes

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Celebrities play heroes not only on the big screen.

From Tom Cruise to Clint Eastwood, many Hollywood superstars have become real-life heroes by 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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The 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 his husband until the police arrived.

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

“Dev acted on his natural instinct to try and de-escalate the situation and break up the fight,” Patel’s representative told 7NEWS. “Fortunately, the group were able to do so and remained at the scene to ensure the arrival of the police and later the ambulance.”

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Here are some other celebrities who became true heroes:

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise saved the lives of several people.

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

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

Cruz simply “did what any decent person would do,” his representative 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 being hit by a car. The actor asked a passerby to call 911 and followed the woman to the hospital. She has a broken leg and bruised ribs. Cruise paid her hospital bills after discovering she had no insurance.

According to reports, the Mission: Impossible actor is also credited with saving the lives of young fans who were crushed at the premiere and preventing two men from being robbed.

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet is believed to have saved the life of Virgin Group founder Richard Branson’s mother while on holiday in the British Virgin Islands in 2011.

According to reports, Winslet and about 20 other guests woke up when the house caught fire around 4 a.m. The “Titanic” star carried Branson’s mother, who was in her 90s at the time, to safety.

“My mum is 90 and can walk, but it was more just to speed up the process than anything else. But in any case, she was wonderful. She took her in her arms and took her out of the house as quickly 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’ and they just don’t come. So it was surreal for her to be in a real situation.”

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Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio recently saved the life of a man who fell overboard of a cruise ship.

Leonardo DiCaprio recently saved the life of a man who fell overboard of a cruise ship.
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Leonardo DiCaprio’s Titanic star Kate Winslet came to the aid of a man who fell off a cruise ship in 2020. DiCaprio was vacationing off St. Barts when he learned the cruise ship was looking for a passenger.

DiCaprio and his fellow travelers, including girlfriend Camila Morrone, joined the effort. The group found a man who had been treading water for 11 hours and brought him back to safety, reports E! News.

John Krasinski

In his youth, John Krasinski once helped save a woman who was caught in a storm.

In his youth, John Krasinski once helped save a woman who was caught in a storm.
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John Krasinski helped save a woman’s life when he lived in Costa Rica. The “Office” star sprang into action after a woman was swept away by a “crazy rush”.

“One of the places I went to was an amazing beach called Manuel Antonio, which I had no idea had crazy waves,” the actor recalled in a March 2018 interview with Playboy. “While I was swimming there—this is a story I’ve never told anyone—this Costa Rican girl and an American man were swimming right next to me and we were knee-deep. I submerged for a second, and when I came up, he was shouting up. Literally in three seconds, the girl was carried 150 yards.”

“At that moment, I didn’t ask anyone. There was no one to help me. I just went out and tried to save her,” he recalls. “And then, of course, when I got out there, I was cross-current with her. It was one of those “Oh my God, you just made a bad choice and it could cost you your life” moments.

Surfers eventually helped the two to safety.

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Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford rescued several stranded people in his helicopter.

Harrison Ford rescued several stranded people in his helicopter.
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Harrison Ford saved more than one stranded tourist in his helicopter.

The “Indiana Jones” star came to Sarah George’s aid in 2000 when she was climbing 11,106-foot Table Mountain. George’s friends carried her to the plains 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 I’d ever seen him before.”

“I can’t believe I was cursing in Harrison Ford’s helicopter,” she added.

The following year, Ford also came to the aid 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.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence once helped a

Once, Jennifer Lawrence helped a “minor woman” who fainted near her home in California.
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In 2012, Jennifer Lawrence helped a woman who accidentally lost consciousness near the home of the star of “Hunger Games” in California. According to reports, the actress waited with a “female minor” until help arrived.

“The 911 call came in at around 6.41pm on Monday evening. Jennifer Lawrence and some other local residents assisted a female juvenile who appeared to be drinking and was outside the residence,” 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 EMS arrived. It was not serious and the woman will be fine.”

Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling helped save the life of a woman who almost went out on the street.

Ryan Gosling helped save the life of a woman who almost went out on the street.
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Once Ryan Gosling helped save the life of a British journalist who almost got into a traffic jam.

“I didn’t remember how to look,” Lori Penny later wrote about this incident. “An actor happened to be passing by and stopped me so I wouldn’t get hit by a car. I said, “Thank you.” And that’s all. The actor turned out to be Ryan Gosling.”

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood gave AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am CEO Steve John the Heimlich Maneuver when he was out of breath.

Clint Eastwood gave AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am CEO Steve John the Heimlich Maneuver when he was out of breath.
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AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am CEO Steve John credits Clint Eastwood with saving his life.

John was snacking on 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 and throwing in a piece of cheese and it just didn’t work,” John recalled to ESPN. “I looked at him and couldn’t breathe. He recognized it immediately and saved my life.”

“I can’t believe I weigh 202 pounds and he tossed me in the air three times,” Carmel Pine Cone’s John said.

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TI talked man out of suicide in Atlanta.

TI talked man out of suicide in Atlanta.
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In 2010, rapper TI dissuaded a young man from committing suicide. The man was about to jump 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 psychological evaluation.

“It’s really, really 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 act I’ve done. It was probably one of the most spiritual moments I’ve had.”

Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx pulled a man from a burning car after witnessing a car crash.

Jamie Foxx pulled a man from a burning car after witnessing a car crash.
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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 Los Angeles in 2016.

The man ended up in a “drain”, flipping the car several times before it burst into flames. Fox sprang 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 I had to do something.”

The driver was later arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

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