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Heidi Klum, Dustin Hoffman, Mila Kunis & More Celebrity Heroes (PHOTOS)

LL Cool J took matters into his own hands when a burglar broke into his home. From Patrick Dempsey (pulled a teen from a car wreck) to multiple savior Ryan Gosling (saved a woman from an NYC taxi and broke up a street fight), see more celebrities who double as real-life superheroes.

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Celebrity Heroes

John Malkovich saved a bleeding man, but he’s not the only familiar face to lend a helping hand. From Heidi Klum (saving her kids from a riptide) to multiple savior Ryan Gosling (saved a woman from an NYC taxi and broke up a street fight), see more celebrities who double as real-life superheroes.

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John Malkovich

John Malkovich came to the rescue on a Toronto street on Thursday night when a Jim Walpole, a tourist in the city, tripped and fell—and slashed his neck on some scaffolding. “The way he was spurting I thought it was the carotid (artery) or the jugular (vein),” said Jim’s wife, Marilyn Walpole, a retired nurse. Marilyn, 79, yelled for help and Malkovich, who was nearby smoking a cigarette, appeared and used his scarf to apply pressure to the wound. Walpole, 77, said he never even asked Malkovich’s last name, since “I didn’t figure I’d remember it anyhow.” The Walpoles said they didn’t think they had ever seen any of his movies, but Marilyn said  now she’s “going to watch all of them that I can.”


Heidi Klum

Heidi Klum transformed from supermodel to superhero over the weekend when a family trip to the beach took a harrowing turn. The Project Runway host’s 7-year-old son, Henry, was swept away in a riptide in Oahu along with two nannies who were trying to rescue him. Klum and her bodyguard boyfriend quickly leapt to action, coming to the trio’s rescue. So focused was Klum on the task at hand that she was totally unfazed when her breast popped out (twice) during the whole ordeal. “Of course, as a mother, I was very scared for my child and everyone else in the water,” Klum said after the event. “Henry is a strong swimmer and was able to swim back to land. We were able to get everyone out safely.”

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Armie Hammer

He doesn’t just pose as a knight in shining armor in blockbusters like Mirror Mirror. This Hollywood hunk comes to the rescue in real life. Armie Hammer and model Leann Tweeden came to the assistance (separately) of a car accident Friday night in Los Angeles. Tweeden detailed the events in a post on her Facebook, saying, “Yes, ladies. The cutie Armie was in the opposite turn lane in his Audi and watched the whole thing go down and got out of his car to help. Me and him. Out of millions in L.A." Perhaps it was Tweeden’s good karma for rushing from her nearby apartment to assist in the wreck that led her to meet Hammer, or maybe they were just two good-willed people nearby on this particular evening.

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LL Cool J

Catching the bad guy isn’t something LL Cool J does only on screen. The NCIS: Los Angeles star took matters into his own hands when a would-be burglar broke into his Studio City home. Shortly before 1 a.m., the LAPD got a phone call from the rapper-turned-actor's daughter, who said her father was holding the intruder downstairs and needed help. LL Cool J and his daughter did not suffer any injuries in the scuffle, but the intruder, who was arrested, was left with minor bruises.

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Dustin Hoffman

Did Dustin Hoffman want to live the title of his 1992 movie Hero? The 74-year-old actor reportedly saved a jogger after a heart attack in London’s Hyde Park earlier this week. Sam Dempster, 27, said he has “no memory of what happened,” but paramedics told him that Hoffman had seen Dempster collapse and called 999 (Britain’s equivalent of 911). Paramedics said Hoffman waited with Dempster until they arrived, and then told them “good job guys” after they performed CPR. “I want to say ‘thank you’ to Dustin Hoffman,” said Dempster, who is now in recovery after surgery. “He saved my life.”

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Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis’s alleged romance with Ashton Kutcher has put her in the news lately, but the Forgetting Sarah Marshall star grabbed the headlines back on Saturday when she reportedly saved a man’s life at her house. According to TMZ, a worker in Kunis’s Los Angeles home suffered a violent seizure—complete with coughing up blood, choking and vomiting—and then Kunis reportedly rushed onto the scene and called 911. She then reportedly grabbed the man’s head and turned it to the side so he wouldn’t choke while another person stuffed a wallet in his mouth so he wouldn’t swallow his tongue. Police told TMZ that the 28-year-old actress offered to ride the ambulance with the victim, but they told her it wasn’t necessary.

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Patrick Dempsey

Move over, Ryan Gosling. Patrick Dempsey earned his “McDreamy” nickname this week when he saved a pulled a teenager from a car wreck. TMZ reports that the teen’s Mustang flipped over in the Grey’s Anatomy actor’s Malibu yard, and Dempsey pulled out the driver out. Demspey got some props from The Shield creator Shawn Ryan who tweeted on Friday “ True Story: Grey’s Anatomy actor Patrick Dempsey pulled my friend’s son out of an overturned car after a bad accident on Tuesday. #GoodDude”

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Ryan Gosling

Drive star Ryan Gosling may have been reckless behind the wheel on camera, but the chivalrous actor reportedly saved a woman from being hit by a taxi in New York City on Tuesday. “I literally, LITERALLY just got saved from a car by Ryan Gosling,” tweeted British writer Laurie Penny, adding that she was “crossing 6th avenue in a new pink wig. Not looking the right way because I am from London,” when Gosling suddenly pulled her out of harm’s way. While the actor’s publicists have yet to confirm the incident, Penny is sticking to her story. “He did not say 'hey, girl.' He said 'hey, watch out!'” she tweeted. Gosling showed off his peacemaking skills—and biceps—when breaking up a street fight in New York last summer.

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Brad Pitt

On the set of World War Z in late August 2011, Brad Pitt became a real-life hero when he rescued a female extra who was knocked to the ground. As more than 700 people ran through Glasgow’s George Square to film zombie scenes amid heavy gunfire, the woman fell and she was nearly trampled before Pitt grabbed her, The Scottish Sun reported. Dozens of extras have reportedly suffered injuries on set, from broken bones to bumps and bruises. “Lots of people hurt themselves, and Brad came to the rescue of a woman who slipped,” an insider told the paper. “I don't think she could believe it when Brad picked her up. He didn't have time to speak to her as it was mid-shoot. But she said afterwards how grateful she was." But that wasn’t the first time Pitt saved the day. At the Venice Film Festival in 2008, the actor was on hand to promote Burn After Reading and agreed to sign autographs for a group of fans when one teen slipped and fell into the water. According to reports, Pitt grabbed him, and once he was safely on dry land, the actor made sure he got an autograph, too.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

Before Arnold Schwarzenegger became the bodybuilder-turned-actor-turned-governor-turned-adulterer, he was quite the idol of a boogie boarder in Hawaii in April 2004. While vacationing with his family at the Four Seasons in Maui, the famously fit California governor noticed a man “in distress in the water,” clutching a boogie board about 100 yards offshore, his then spokeswoman told the Associated Press. “The governor could tell there was something wrong. He asked him if he was all right. The man said he had cramps all over. The governor told him to hold on to the boogie board and he swam him in.” Sadly, there was no report that he told the struggling swimmer: “Come with me if you want to live.”

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Mark Harmon

For the past eight years, Mark Harmon has starred as Supervisory Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs on CBS’s NCIS, conducting criminal investigations. But before he signed on to the series, Harmon had some practice with extreme valor in 1996 when he rescued two teenage boys from a burning car that had crashed near his Los Angeles home. "Mr. Harmon broke out the car windows [with a sledgehammer] and pulled the boys to safety," a fire-department spokesman told the Los Angeles Times. "The youths owe their lives to the action of Mr. Harmon.”

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Matthew McConaughey

One fan found a way to get mouth-to-mouth with Matthew McConaughey. At a Toronto International Film Festival screening of the actor's Thirteen Conversations About One Thing in 2001, Janice Flisfeder passed out and McConaughey was the first person to her aid. "I fainted. I think it was not eating much and standing in lines all day," the 49-year-old mother of three told the Toronto Sun. When she regained consciousness, she said, “I felt a man stroking my hair and kissing my forehead saying, ‘It’s okay, sweetheart,’ and realized it wasn’t my husband. When I opened my eyes and looked back to him I just thought ‘Nahh can't be.’” McConaughey’s co-star Amy Irving said, “Matthew's a hero ... He gave her mouth-to-mouth.” Their co-star Alan Arkin jokingly added, "Which we found out afterwards was why she had the seizure.”

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Ryan Kwanten

True Blood star Ryan Kwanten gave new meaning to the hit HBO series’ title this April when he rescued a man bleeding in the street at a busy Los Angeles intersection. “There was a bloody guy lying in the middle of the street at Hollywood and Highland and no one was doing anything,” a witness told JustJared.com. “Ryan pulled up, saw the man down, jumped out of his car, and raced over to see if he could help.” Another source said the 34-year-old Australian-born actor screamed for more men to help carry the injured man to the sidewalk, where he waited for the paramedics. “There was a crowd gathering and people recognized Ryan but he was just focused on making sure this guy was okay,” the source added.

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Tony Gonzales

Tony Gonzalez, currently a tight end for the Atlanta Falcons, prevented a man named Ken Hunter from choking to death in 2008. The football player was having dinner with his wife, brother, and daughter at Capone's in Huntington Beach, Calif., near where he lived in the off-season. Hunter was sitting with his girlfriend at the next table when a piece of meat got stuck in his throat. "I tried to take a drink of water, but I couldn't swallow," Hunter told the Associated Press. "Then I couldn't breathe. That's a terrible feeling. I couldn't breathe. Then I guess I started to panic." When he heard Hunter’s girlfriend yelling for help, Gonzalez turned around. “I saw he was turning blue,” added the 6-foot-5 Gonzalez, who proceeded to give Hunter the Heimlich maneuver. The food popped out, and Hunter was eternally grateful to the footballer. "Tony saved my life. There's no doubt," he told the AP. “I'm Tony's No. 1 fan now.” The modest Gonzalez added: “I honestly don't want to make a big deal out of it. But of course it does give me a lot of satisfaction to know that I was able to help somebody."

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Tom Cruise

Before Tom Cruise became the couch-jumping, “glib”-bashing, and Scientology-loving actor we all know and sometimes love, the Mission: Impossible star was an off-screen hero as well. In March 1996 he came to the aid of a hit-and-run victim in Santa Monica. After seeing the incident, Cruise called an ambulance, followed the wounded 23-year-old Heloisa Vinhas to UCLA Medical Center, and arranged to pay her $7,000 emergency-room bill. "If he's not Superman, he can be Batman,” Vinhas told People magazine. That July, at the British premiere of Mission: Impossible, Cruise saw two boys being crushed by barricades and lifted them out from the crowd to safety. "We could have had a tragedy on our hands—we are very grateful to Tom," one of the boys' mothers told People afterward. And if that wasn’t enough heroism for the year, in August, Cruise and his then-wife, Nicole Kidman, were sailing near Capri when they spotted a sailboat on fire and five passengers floating on a raft. The actor sent over his yacht skiff, saving the passengers as their boat sank. Cruise’s publicist at the time told People that he “did what any decent person would do.” She added: “If I ever get in trouble, I hope Tom Cruise is nearby."

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Just a few days before rapper T.I. was due in federal court in October 2010 after getting busted for drug possession while on probation on a weapons charge, he earned some good karma. Ryan Cameron, a radio DJ (and T.I.’s longtime friend), was broadcasting from a 22-story skyscraper from which an Atlanta man was threatening to jump. The rapper was on his way to a video shoot when Cameron called him and asked if he would come by to help. Authorities "didn't want to take T.I. up to the roof, but with modern technology he shot a video message ... saying he is here for him and telling the guy it is not that bad, and it will be OK … and [the police] showed it to the guy," Cameron told E! News. Luckily, the man decided to step back off the ledge. Later T.I. told Cameron on air: “I'm not taking any credit ... The fact of the matter is that God put me in a position to help, and I can't take any credit for that. I didn't wake up this morning with the intentions of going down and helping hostage negotiators talk someone down off of a ledge. I don't think that could be in anyone's plan of action." The rapper assured the public that it was no publicity stunt, and sure enough, he was sent back to prison, proving no good deed goes unpunished.

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Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford was able to use his Star Wars and Indiana Jones skills to become a real-life hero in July 2000, rescuing a damsel in serious distress. Sarah George, then 20, and Megan Freeman, 22, were on a five-hour climb of 11,106-foot Table Mountain in Wyoming when heat, altitude, and dehydration left George sick and barely able to move. A fellow hiker called 911 on the women’s behalf, and Ford, a part-time resident of the state who offers his pilot abilities and his helicopter for rescue missions, came to George’s rescue. EMT workers helped get her into Ford’s chopper, and shortly before landing at the hospital, the sick hiker vomited. “I can’t believe I barfed in Harrison Ford’s helicopter,” George later told reporters.

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Kate Winslet

When Hurricane Irene hit Richard Branson’s private Necker Island in the middle of the night, lightning struck the billionaire’s eight-bedroom mansion, leaving its 20 inhabitants in a state of emergency. Oscar-winning actress Kate Winslet and her children, Mia, 10, and Joe, 7, were among those staying at Branson’s Great House, while the Virgin Group CEO and his wife and son were staying at another property next door. "I was woken up with people screaming,” Branson told CBS News. “I looked over, saw the whole house engulfed in flames … My mother's 90 years old and—although she can walk—in order to speed the process up, [Winslet] picked my mother up and carried her out of the house.” Branson added to The Telegraph: “She said it’s like being in a film set where you’re waiting for the words 'cut’ but they just don’t come. So it was quite surreal for her to be in a real-life situation.” Now we know that Winslet, who will next star in Steven Soderbergh’s action-thriller Contagion, can handle her own stunts.