Last week, Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman allegedly saved the life of an ailing jogger. The actor even waited until help arrived, thus dispelling — at least for a few days — the notion that all celebrities are absolute jerks.
(Dustin’s heroics may also explain why he was looking so sad at this year’s Golden Globes. There was no one around for him to save!)
Not to be outdone, Mila Kunis played hero this past weekend, when she came to the aid of a man having a seizure.
Hoffman and Kunis aren’t the first celebrities to step in and help the regular folks, and they certainly (well, hopefully) won’t be the last. In honor of our most recent actors/saviors, let’s take a look at nine celebs who’ve come to the rescue.
<a href=”http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20142095,00.html” target=”_hplink”>Tom has been a savior on three separate occasions</a>. Back in 1996, he saw a woman hit by a car. After having someone call for help, he followed the injured woman to the hospital, and when he found out she didn’t have insurance, Cruise paid for her bill. Later that year, he and then-wife Nicole Kidman were on their yacht in the Mediterranean when they saved five individuals whose sailboat had gone up in flames. Then at the London premiere of the first “Mission: Impossible,” Cruise pulled two young boys to safety, after he saw them getting crushed by the mob of fans.
Last week, <a href=”http://news.moviefone.com/2012/05/08/dustin-hoffman-saves-jogger_n_1499191.html” target=”_hplink”>Hoffman allegedly came to the aid</a> of an ailing jogger who was having a heart attack. After calling 999 (England’s version of 911), the Oscar winner stayed with the man until help arrived. The jogger later told the Sun, “I have no memory of what happened. The paramedics told me I had been saved by Dustin Hoffman. It’s unbelievable.”
Back in April, a teenage driver flipped his car, crashing it into the front yard of actor Patrick Dempsey’s Malibu home. Soon after, <a href=”http://www.tmz.com/2012/04/27/patrick-dempsey-rushes-car-wreck/” target=”_hplink”>Dempsey was on the scene with a crowbar to help pry the driver from the wreckage</a>. Luckily, there were no serious injuries.
A report back in January claimed that Sofia Vergara had saved the life of a woman at a Vegas club on New Year’s Eve. However, Vergara <a href=”http://www.accesshollywood.com/modern-familys-sofia-vergara-explains-new-years-eve-vegas-emergency_article_58807″ target=”_hplink”>later explained that she hadn’t saved her.</a> “I was at Hyde, a club in Vegas, and when we were leaving some woman just passed out. It was horrible because she just collapsed… My cousin and I just realized she was just drunk. We just stayed with her until the paramedics came.” So, maybe not a lifesaver, just a compassionate person!
Last Saturday, Kunis came to the aid of a worker at her house. <a href=”http://www.tmz.com/2012/05/08/mila-kunis-saves-life-seizure-stalker/” target=”_hplink”>According to TMZ</a>, the man began to have a seizure, causing him to vomit and bite through his tongue. That’s when the actress jumped in, had a friend call 911, then turned the worker’s head to the side to make sure he didn’t choke. Paramedics arrived on the scene soon after. The man is expected to make a full recovery.
Kate Winslet may have the best — and bravest — rescue story on this list. In August 2011, a house on Richard Branson’s private island caught fire. Winslet, who was staying there at the time, ended up carrying the billionaire’s mother to safety. <a href=”http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-500185_162-20095855.html” target=”_hplink”>As he later told CBS News</a>, “My mother’s 90 years old and, in order — although she can walk — in order to speed the process up, (Winslet) picked my mother up and … carried her out of the house, and so Kate helped rescue my mother.”
Harrison Ford is Indiana Jones in real life! The actor, who’s a certified helicopter pilot, has saved stranded hikers on two separate occasions, <a href=”http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=103722&page=1#.T6qdXZ9Ys5c” target=”_hplink”>the latest being a 13-year-old Boy Scout who was lost in Yellowstone National Park</a>. (Ford owns a ranch in nearby Jackson, Wyoming, and had joined the search party when the boy went missing.)
Apparently, actress Gwneth Paltrow saved a woman’s life on 9/11. During a press junket for her movie “Contagion,” <a href=”http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/actress_paltrow_learns_of_sliding_bM39KxpHFBeGVmj6yuZQlK?utm_campaign=Post10&utm_source=Post10Alpha” target=”_hplink”>she told the story of a 24-year-old woman she ran into on the morning of that fateful day</a>: “I was [driving] home…and a girl was jaywalking across the street and we kind of both stopped at the same time and waited a really long time [doing the the "you go, no you" thing]. Ten years later, I got a letter from her saying that she had been late … to catch her train to go down to the World Trade Center where she worked on the 77th floor of the South Tower… So had we not had that interaction she feels like her life would’ve taken a much different course.”
Last month, actor Ryan Gosling allegedly <a href=”http://news.moviefone.com/2012/04/04/ryan-gosling-saves-womans-life_n_1402428.html” target=”_hplink”>saved British writer Laura Pennie from being hit by a car in New York City</a>. “I literally, LITERALLY just got saved from a car by Ryan Gosling. Literally. That actually just happened,” <a href=”https://twitter.com/#!/pennyred” target=”_hplink”>Penny tweeted</a>. “I was crossing 6th avenue in a new pink wig. Not looking the right way because I am from London. Ryan Gosling grabbed me away from a taxi.” Gosling must have been interested in stepping up his savior efforts — in August 2011, <a href=”http://blog.moviefone.com/2011/08/22/ryan-gosling-breaks-up-fight/” target=”_hplink”>he stopped a potential street fight from happening</a>.
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