The good deed: helped rescue a stranded jet skier While celebrating Father’s Day 2015 with 4-year-old son Flynn in Malibu, California, Bloom assisted other bystanders in towing the broken-down wave runner (and its passenger) out of the water and onto the beach.
The good deed: Escorted pregnant woman and her toddler from the ocean The Divergent star was able to put his action-movie training to good use when he guided a pregnant woman and her child out of the water at a Miami beach in May 2015, after the woman reportedly saw a shark lurking nearby.
The good deed: Saved her son and nannies from drowning It was trouble in paradise for , who proved she was much more than a pretty face in a bikini when her oldest son Henry and two nannies were sucked into a riptide on their March 2013 Hawaiian vacation. “Of course, as a mother, I was very scared for my child and everyone else in the water,” she said in a statement after her lifeguard-like beach rescue. “We were able to get everyone out safely.”
The good deed: Helped woman passed out in the grass Katniss Everdeen to the rescue! put her Hunger Games-earned instincts to the test when she found a young girl collapsed in front of her Santa Monica, California, building during a June 2012 walk. As she went to help the person, another bystander called 911.
The good deed: Saved a woman from oncoming traffic New York City has become a safer (and hotter) metropolis since began patrolling the streets – just ask would-be traffic victim Laurie Penny, a British journalist who looked the wrong way (because Britons drive on the left side of the road) while crossing Sixth Avenue. “I literally, LITERALLY just got saved from a car by Ryan Gosling. That actually just happened,” Penny wrote in April 2012, setting off a Twitter frenzy.
The good deed: Carried tycoon Richard Branson’s mother out of a fire The ‘s most noteworthy performance to date may be her heroic deed in August 2011, when she saved the life of the 90-year-old mother of Richard Branson when the British tycoon’s $70 million British Virgin Islands home caught fire with 20 people inside. “No I didn’t save her life,” the modest star claimed. “I carried her down the stairs is the truth of it.”
The good deed: Talked a suicidal man off a ledge In 2010, T.I. talked a suicidal man out of jumping off the top of a 22-story Atlanta building. “Something in my heart just said, ‘You need to help,’” the rapper told PEOPLE after hearing about the man on the local radio station. T.I. videotaped a message to the distraught man, saying, “Nothing is that bad. Nothing in life is worth taking your life. I’m here to help you. Please come down to talk to me.” The man came down and had a “heart to heart” with the artist.
The good deed: Aided a car accident victim In January 2012, rushed to the aid of an elderly woman who’d been injured in a car accident in Culver City, California. The actress called 911 and stayed with the victim until the ambulance came. “Zoë witnessed the car accident, and was very quick to help,” says an onlooker.
The good deed: Rescued five people stranded in the Mediterranean There is no Mission: Impossible for Ethan Hunt or for , for that matter. The actor has had a long history of coming to the aid of innocent bystanders, but one of the most notable incidents was in the Mediterranean in 1996, when he ordered the crew of his yacht to pick up five people in a drifting raft who had to abandon their own burning sailboat.
The good deed: Used Twitter to help suicidal followers used the power of Twitter to save the life of a potential suicide victim – twice. In the first instance, in 2009, she called cops in San Jose, California, to help a 48-year-old woman who Tweeted that she planned to end her life. The second time, in 2010, she and Nia Vardalos separately called local authorities when a young man threatened via Tweet to hang himself.
The good deed: Saved two boys from an Oklahoma wildfire He’s sung about “Standing Outside the Fire,” but country star Garth Brooks actually went inside the flames of a raging, 600-acre Oklahoma wildfire in 2000 to save two boys and a neighboring family from the oncoming blaze, ferrying them to safety in his pickup truck. One of his evacuees reportedly told the 14- and 10-year-old brothers afterwards, “You just got saved by Garth Brooks.”
The good deed: Rescued a drowning man While vacationing with his family in Hawaii in 2004, then-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger noticed a man 300 or 400 yards offshore struggling not to drown. The Terminator star dove into the waves and pulled the cramping swimmer back to shore with the aid of a boogie board. “I told him to relax a little because he was so out of shape,” the former Mr. Universe later recounted at a news conference.
The good deed: Rescued Hurricane Katrina victims When the activist actor heard about the plight of tens of thousands of stranded New Orleans residents after Hurricane Katrina struck in September 2005, Sean Penn sprung into action, speeding down to the Crescent City and personally helping rescue an estimated 40 people stuck on roofs amid the floodwaters.
The good deed: Pulled a family out a a burning car In what would defy the audience’s disbelief if it happened on the big screen, a motorcycle-riding Vin Diesel spotted a car crash in front of him in Hollywood in 2002, and then ran over to extricate the family – which included young children – before the car reportedly went up in flames.
The good deed: Broke up a fight Yep, to the rescue again! In August 2011, Boss Gos intervened when a New York tussle over an allegedly stolen street painting threatened to turn violent. Stepping in, he reportedly calmed everyone down and shelled out $20 of his own money to settle the dispute.