All of us need role models as we grow up and make the difficult decision about identity that shape how are lives progress on a day to day basis. The lucky ones can look up to their parents for an example of how to live a good life, while others who may be just as lucky emulate sports heroes, television and movie actors, or their favorite characters from literature. It can be terribly difficult to lionize a celebrity and then learn that celebrity is actually a massive disappointment in real life. Whether being morally bankrupt in idea or action, a celebrity role model who lets us down has a real, visceral effect on our reality. Bill Cosby for example creates a huge dichotomy in our lives from the father like (maybe grandfather like to you readers) mentor who loves pudding pops and voiced Fat Albert to the alleged despicable rapist we now have learned.
In our times of uncertainty, deciding who we want to be and who we can learn that from, it is so necessary to have role models who are actually deserving of our admiration. There isn't much more of a heroic act than saving a life, and this list looks at some celebrities who have done just that. These men and women aren't perfect, but for at least a moment, they have defined perfection as they have come to the aid of someone else, sometimes at their own expense. Whether they saved lives as members of the United States military (double heroes for serving our country in the first place) or just happened upon people in distress (burning houses and cars abound apparently in the lives of celebrities), they have had a major positive impact in lives of at least one family, and therefore in the lives of all families.
14 Arnold Schwarzenegger - Saved Drowning Man
13 Kate Winslet - Saved Richard Branson's 90-Year-Old Mom
12 Bam Bam Bigelow - Saved Children From Burning Building
Scott, Bam Bam, Bigelow was one of the most memorable wrestlers from the 198o's and 1990's. His giant frame and fiery tattoo on his bald head broadcast that the man was dangerous and tough, but his agility and speed in the ring really cemented Bigelow's place as a major contender in the WWE, ECW, and WCW.
11 T.I. - Stopped Man From Committing Suicide
10 Jaime Foxx - Pulled Driver Out Of Burning Car
How great is Jaime Foxx? He was so funny on In Living Color back in the day, and then transitioned to a serious actor with ease. He can sing, he can be dramatic, and he can be a hero when the situation calls for it.
9 Dustin Hoffman - Helped Jogger Suffering A Heart Attack
8 Dara Daivari - Fought Off Dangerous Man On Train
Pro Wrestler Dara Daivari isn't very well known, although he had some memorable runs in WWE and TNA before appearing recently on the greatest wrestling program on television: Lucha Underground.
7 Steve McQueen - Saved Soldiers In The Arctic
Steve McQueen was one of the United States' greatest action heroes in films from the 1960's and 1970's. Men idolized his cool demeanor, and his dashing good looks made the women swoon. Known for movies mostly involving driving stunts, McQueen had it all, until his life was tragically cut short by a particularly nasty fight against cancer.
6 Vin Diesel - Helped Evacuate Family From Burning Car
5 Chris Masters - Saved His Mom From Burning House
4 Patrick Dempsey - Used Crowbar To Get Teen Out Of Car Wreck
3 Tom Cruise - Three Separate Incidents
2 John F. Kennedy - Saved Soldiers During His Time In The Navy
1 Harrison Ford - Aids Search And Rescue Missions
Iconic actor Harrison Ford loves flying both airplanes and helicopters. He has had a passion for aviation for most of his life, and he leads the Young Eagles, an organization dedicated to sharing this love for flying with children. As a responsible and heroic man, Ford often helps search and rescue missions in Wyoming, where he does most of his flying, and other states if he happens to be airborne.
As such, he has rescued several hikers from certain death, appearing out of the sky like an angel to save hopelessly lost vacationers from the daunting wilderness of the Western United States. Not only is Ford a great hero for doing his part to help United States search and rescue operations, I believe his presence on scene would actually elevate the experience of near death. Being stranded, lost, scared, starving, and dehydrated are terrible, but I think if Han Solo picked me up in a helicopter the entire ordeal would be totally worth it.
Sources: Military.com. ; Wrestlenewz.com ; Celebrity Gossip ; Cinema.com ; CNN.com
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