Clint Eastwood is the latest A-list celebrity to become a real life hero. The 83-year-old actor performed the Heimlich maneuver on 50-year-old Steve John when the latter choked on some cheese during a dinner.
“A piece of cheese went in my mouth, and suddenly I couldn't breathe,” John said of Clint Eastwood’s heroism, "It was as bad as it could have been. But Clint came up behind me, and he knew exactly what to do. He did the Heimlich maneuver, and he lifted me right off the ground."
Clint Eastwood’s heroism took place at the Monterey Conference Center in California, where he attended a party for volunteers at this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Eastwood is the chairman of the company that runs the golf event, while John is the tournament’s director.
Amazingly, Clint Eastwood saved Steve John’s life even though the actor had never given anyone the Heimlich before. “I gave him three good jolts, and that got it out," Eastwood said. "The look on Steve's face was different than when somebody is just coughing or joking around. I looked in his eyes and saw that look of panic people have when they see their life passing before their very eyes. It looked bad."
Clint Eastwood’s act of heroism came just weeks after ESPN college football analyst Jesse Palmer saved the life of fellow announcer Chris Fowler. Fowler nearly choked to death on a chicken sandwich during halftime of December’s Pinstripe Bowl. Thankfully, the Bachelor alum was there to give Fowler the Heimlich.
But Clint Eastwood and Jesse Palmer are not the only Hollywood stars to become heroes when the cameras stop rolling. Here are six other life-saving celebrities.
T.I. was in Atlanta for a 2010 video shoot when he heard that a man was threatening to jump off a nearby building. The rapper recognized the building in question as the headquarters of radio station V-103, so he called one of the station’s DJs to report the situation. That DJ, Ryan Cameron, then convinced T.I. to come to the building and try to talk the man off the ledge.
T.I. then spoke to local authorities, who helped him create a film for the suicidal man. “Nothing is that bad,” the rapper said in the video. “Nothing in life is worth taking your life. I'm here to help you. Please come down to talk to me." The rapper’s video worked, and the man was later taken to a hospital for psychological treatment.
This was not T.I’s first act of heroism. Creed lead singer Scott Stapp recently revealed that the rapper saved him in 2006 after he had tried to kill himself at a Miami hotel. Stapp was in the middle of a drug binge and though the cops were after him. So he jumped off a 40-foot balcony to escape and ended up fracturing his skull and breaking his hip. He lay on a ledge paralyzed for more than two hours before T.I. came to his rescue.
2) Ryan Kwanten
Ryan Kwanten became a hero in 2011 when the True Blood hunk spotted a man bleeding in the middle of a street. Kwanten got out of his car and helped carry the injured guy to the sidewalk away from the busy intersection.
“He stayed there watching him until paramedics arrived,” a source told JustJared of Kwanten’s heroism. “There was a crowd gathering and people recognized Ryan, but he was just focused on making sure this guy was okay.”
3) Ryan Gosling
But Ryan Kwanten is not the only Hollywood hottie named Ryan to save a life. In 2012, Ryan Gosling saved a British journalist from being run over by a cab in New York City. The story quickly went viral after the woman in question, Laurie Penny, tweeted about her real-life hero.
“I literally, LITERALLY just got saved from a car by Ryan Gosling," Laurie Penny wrote. "That actually just happened. “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.”
And like T.I., Ryan Gosling is a two-time hero. A year earlier, video surfaced of the actor breaking up a fight in New York City. But afterwards, Gosling told MTV that he regretted getting involved.
"I'm embarrassed," Gosling said. "I think that guy really was stealing that other guy's painting, so I should have just kept my nose out of it."
4) Kate Winslet
A Caribbean vacation turned into a nightmare for Kate Winslet when a fire broke out during her visit to Richard Branson’s island home. Winslet quickly rushed into action, carrying the mogul’s elderly mother out of the burning building.
"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, carried her out of the house, and so Kate helped rescue my mother,” Richard Branson told CBS News.
5) Jennifer Lawrence
Speaking of Oscar-winning life-savers, Jennifer Lawrence helped rescue an unconscious woman in 2012. The Hunger Games star was standing outside her California apartment when she saw another woman collapse onto the ground. Lawrence and a male pal contacted authorities and stayed with the lady until help arrived.
6) Demi Moore/Nia Vardalos
Demi Moore enlisted the help of social media to save two separate followers. In 2009, a woman tweeted the actress that she was going to kill herself with a knife. Moore then shared the tweet with her followers and commented that she hoped the suicidal woman was joking. Many on Moore’s Twitter feed contacted authorities, who found the woman in her home, uninjured. She was later given a mental evaluation.
The following year, a teen contacted the actress and also threatened to kill himself. Once again, Moore publicly replied to the distressed man. Fellow actress Nia Vardalos saw the tweet and contacted a suicide prevention hotline. She eventually was connected to Florida police, who found the uninjured, but distressed, teen and took him to a local hospital.