Celebrities often receive a great deal of attention and are often seen as larger-than-life figures. But what many don’t realize is that some of the biggest stars in Hollywood have stepped up to the plate in real-life crises and used their influence for good. From Tom Cruise to Dolly Parton, these celebrity heroes have done their part to make the world a better place.
1. Tom Cruise: Action Hero
Tom Cruise is an American film actor and producer who has been making movies for over three decades. He is best known for his action films such as the Mission: Impossible series, Top Gun, and The Last Samurai. But while he is known for his on-screen heroics, he has also been a hero in real life.
In 2017, Cruise made headlines when he was caught on film helping a woman who had been hit by a car in London. Cruise was on his way to the set of Mission: Impossible 6 when he saw the accident and quickly sprang into action. He helped the woman out of the street and waited with her until the ambulance arrived.
Since then, Cruise has continued to use his celebrity status to do good. In 2019, he donated $1 million to the Australian Fire Services to help fight the raging bushfires. He has also been a vocal advocate for mental health awareness and has spoken publicly about his own struggles with depression.
2. Dolly Parton: Saving a Life
Country music icon Dolly Parton is one of the most beloved celebrities in the world. But in addition to her musical success, she is also a hero. In 1977, Parton was filming the movie The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and one of her co-stars was a nine-year-old boy named Sean.
One day during filming, Sean slipped and fell into a lake. Parton immediately jumped into the lake and pulled him out. She then performed CPR until the paramedics arrived and was able to save his life.
Since then, Parton has used her fame to do good. She has donated millions of dollars to education, health care, and disaster relief over the years. In 2020, she even donated $1 million to Vanderbilt University’s coronavirus research efforts.
3. Sean Penn: Helping in Emergencies
Sean Penn is an Academy Award-winning actor who is known for his roles in films such as Milk, Mystic River, and Dead Man Walking. But he is also known for his activism and philanthropy.
In 2005, Penn organized and led a team of volunteers to New Orleans after it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. He also helped lead relief efforts after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. In both cases, Penn used his celebrity status to draw attention to the disasters and help raise funds for relief.
Penn has also been an outspoken advocate for human rights and has spoken out against the death penalty and the war in Iraq. In addition to his activism, he has also donated millions of dollars to various charities over the years.
Tom Cruise, Dolly Parton, and Sean Penn are just a few of the many celebrity heroes in the world. From stepping in during real-life crises to donating millions of dollars to charity, these stars have used their influence for good and have made a positive difference in the world. Although these stars may be seen as larger-than-life figures, their acts of bravery and courage are a reminder that even celebrities can be heroes.