40+ Celebrity Random Acts of Kindness That Will Restore Faith in Humanity

Celebrity Random Acts of Kindness That Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity

Some stars forget us little people who bought their albums, paid to see their movies, and helped them climb the Hollywood ladder. But other A-Listers show their compassion through kindness and charitable acts. With that in mind, from tiny actions helping less fortunate souls and being kind to fans to one true superhero who pulled a man from his burning truck, here are some celebrity random acts of kindness that will restore your faith in humanity.

Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. is well-known for his philanthropic efforts and involvement in charitable causes, mainly through his work with Limbitless Solutions, which creates bionic arms for children. In 2015, the real-life Iron Man and the charity 3D printed a Stark Industries robotic prosthetic arm for seven-year-old Alex, who is missing his right arm.

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The genius billionaire playboy philanthropist wrote, “Had the absolute privilege of presenting a brand spanking new 3D-printed bionic Iron Man arm to Alex, the most dapper 7-year-old I’ve ever met!” We love you 3000, RDJ.

Khloé Kardashian

Narbeh Kardash is the Kardashian’s biggest fan. So, when he asked his favorite Kardashian sister to be his date for his high school prom, Khloé just couldn’t say no. We can’t report if they held hands or kissed, but Khloé tweeted, “My very first prom and I went with THE BEST date ever @NarbehKardash !!!!! We had so much fun!!! How handsome is my date???”

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Narbeh wrote on Instagram, “Wow. Sharing my prom with @khloekardashian was an over-the-moon experience for me.”

Tom Cruise

After witnessing a hit-and-run accident, Tom Cruise was first on the scene and swiftly called the paramedics. That’s not all the Top Gun and Mission Impossible star did. He stayed with the injured lady and followed her to the emergency room.

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But the Good Samaratian’s actions didn’t end there… When he learned the woman had no insurance, he paid her $7,000 hospital bill. Now, that’s what we call a hero!

LeBron James

One day, a young man was checking out the new Lebron sneakers in a Cleveland, Ohio, shoe store when a giant shadow loomed over him. The kid turned around to see the shadow belonged to Lebron James, who smiled and said, “You want my new shoes?”

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LeBron bought the kid two pairs, one of which he autographed. The kid described the experience as “One of the best days of my life.” Among King James’ hundreds of charitable endeavors, he also bought the Ohio State University football team their cleats.

Keanu Reeves

Loved by millions of people for his compassionate nature, Keanu Reeves generously donated a whopping 70% of his earnings from the first installment of The Matrix film to support leukemia research. Keanu was originally set to earn $10 million upfront, but sensing the movie would be a game-changer, he took a percentage of the film’s box office.

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Keanu’s instincts were correct — The Matrix grossed $466.6 million worldwide. According to LAD Bible, Reeves donated $31.5 million to the insanely good cause.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus superfan Matt Peterson asked his hero to be his prom date. Sadly, due to her demanding schedule, Miley couldn’t make it, but — determined not to disappoint her devoted supporter — she brought prom night to Matt’s world. The “Wrecking Ball” singer invited Matt to one of her concerts, where she had a special surprise awaiting him backstage.

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Miley had a prom-themed photoshoot ready to go, capturing the spirit of the magical event. Miley ensured Matt would remember this prom experience for the rest of his days.

Neymar Jr.

In December 2022, Brazil lost their World Cup quarter-final match to Croatia on penalties. As defender Dani Alves hugged and consoled his compatriot Neymar Jr., Croatian winger Ivan Perišić’s young son, Leonardo, ran onto the pitch towards the tearful Brazilian duo. But Leonardo soon found his way blocked by an official.

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Even though Neymar was heartbroken, he swiftly intervened by halting the official and approaching the boy. The devastated Brazilian star engaged in a heartfelt conversation and hugged the young boy.

The Rock

Dwayne Johnson recently gave a fan his own custom-made truck! The Rock had gathered information about everyone in the Red Notice premiere audience and was most moved by Oscar’s story. The proud and humble Navy veteran, personal trainer, and community leader looks after his 75-year-old mom and supports vulnerable women.

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As Oscar drove away, he said his actions were down to “Love. That’s all it is, brother. Just love.” Then he started whistling The Beatles’ “All You Need is Love”.

Nicki Minaj

Did you know that in 2017, Nicki Minaj offered to pay off her fans’ college tuition fees and student loans? There was just one catch; the lucky recipients would need straight As in their exams. Nicki tweeted, “Show me straight A’s that I can verify w/ur school, and I’ll pay it. Who wants to join THAT contest?!?! Dead serious. Should I set it up?”

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The Trinidadian rapper chose 37 winners of her Student of the Game contest, bought them laptops and schoolbooks, and paid off their tuition fees.

JJ Abrams and Kathleen Kennedy

‘A long time ago, at a convention center far, far away…’ director JJ Abrams and President of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy did a Star Wars: The Force Awakens Q & A session. But when they found out that some die-hard fans had already been camping out for 29 hours to keep their places in line, JJ and Kathleen went the extra parsec.

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The filmmaking duo bought pizzas for the 1,500 loyal fans waiting in line. Apparently, they ordered them from Pizza the Hutt!

David Beckham

The Beckhams are celebrity royalty. Victoria is an ex-Spice Girl and current fashion designer, while hunky ex-England captain David owns Inter Miami MLS club. But one day, there was a commotion outside the Beckham’s London townhouse. Practically on the steps to their home, paramedics were attending to an elderly woman who had fallen over.

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So, the handsome couple leaped into action in the most English way imaginable. Victoria popped the kettle on! Then, David brought the old lady and the paramedics cups of tea!

Dave Grohl

When two Australian miners got trapped in a mine, they were asked what they needed. Now, any normal person trapped in a mine might ask for something sensible like a flashlight or medical supplies. But these are Aussie miners, so naturally, they asked for an iPod filled with Foo Fighters albums (and a Vegemite sandwich, probably).

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Dave Grohl heard about their request and had the iPod sent out to them, along with a note saying, “…I want you to know that when you come home, there are two tickets to any Foos show, anywhere.”

Angelina Jolie

In 2014, Angelina Jolie appeared on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart when she came to the aid of a fan having a panic attack. The girl, named Techna, explained she was getting squished and that Jolie noticed her struggling with a panic attack. So, Angelina made sure security pulled her from the crush.

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Angelina then sat down with Techna, calmed her down, and wouldn’t leave until she was okay. Then, when she was calm, they shared a selfie. Techna wrote on social media, “Thank You #AngelinaJolie, I will remember this.”

Harry Styles

When Harry Styles’ car broke down, the dreamy English singer was given a helping hand by his number-one fan’s father, who invited Harry into his home for a cup of tea. So English! Sadly, superfan Theodora wasn’t home to meet Harry, but he left her a note.

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In it, the megastar wrote, “Theodora, I’m devastated that we missed each other. Looking forward to meeting you soon. Treat people with kindness. All my love, Harry. P.S. I fed the fish. Tell your dad to get in touch, and I’ll see you at a show.”

Mila Kunis

Do you know who started the trend of female stars appearing on soldiers’ arms? It was lovely, Mila Kunis. The Black Swan actress accompanied lucky Sergeant Scott Moore as his date to the annual Marine Corps Ball. And she started a trend as Kim Kardashian, Justin Timberlake, Ronda Rousey, and Kristin Cavallari have all followed in Mila’s footsteps.

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Scott’s date with Mila lasted four hours, and yes, he did get a dance. The Sergeant later said, “It was a blast; it was a great time. So yes, it exceeded my expectations.” Spill the beans, Scott!

Gina Rodriguez

When Jane the Virgin fan Jessica Casanova saw Gina Rodriguez’s Golden Globes dress, she just had to have it! So Jessica tweeted how she wished to wear her icon’s dress to her prom. And guess what? In a random act of celeb kindness, Gina got back to her, they exchanged contact deets, and Gina mailed the dress to Jessica!

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But, beyond joyously wearing it to her prom, Jessica hasn’t kept the dress — Gina’s act made her feel so good that she plans to lend the dress to other lucky prom-going debutantes.

Zac Efron

Ahmed Ture’s admiration for Zac Efron knows no bounds, and his enthusiasm peaked when he met his hero. However, in all the excitement, Ahmed’s phone slipped from his grasp and shattered on the ground. Witnessing the entire incident, Zac stepped in with incredible generosity.

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Zac replaced Ahmed’s broken phone and invited him to the Baywatch set, where he was filming, to hang out with Zac and his co-stars. Eager to share their encounter with the world, Zac posted a photo of the joyous moments he spent with Ahmed.

Blake Shelton

In the midst of one of his concerts, country music singer Blake Shelton’s keen eye caught sight of a sign held high in the crowd. The poster, proudly displayed by a young boy named Wyatt McKee, bore a heartfelt message: “Your smallest biggest fan from Lake Texoma, 6 years old. Waiting on a heart transplant.”

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Overwhelmed by his Southern compassion, Blake beckoned Wyatt up on stage, where the two performed a memorable duet of “God’s Country.” The performance made Wyatt’s year, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Emma Watson

When Emma Watson was walking down New York’s East 78th Street, she noticed a shy five-year-old boy dressed up for Halloween. She went up to him and asked if he was Harry Potter. When the boy said yes, Emma replied, “That’s great because I’m Hermione Granger, and we’re best of friends,” before giving him a giant hug.

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Unfortunately, the baffled bespectacled kid was too young to realize that it really was Hermione from his favorite film franchise. So, thinking Emma was a Muggle, he probably turned her into a toad.

Russell Brand

Motormouth comedian, actor, and podcaster Russell Brand often hangs out with houseless people in Los Angeles. Like a modern-day Mother Theresa with a beard and skinny jeans, Brand used to take these less-fortunate souls to breakfast and give them clothes. He would even give them rides to the same meetings he attended for his dependencies.

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When Howard Stern interviewed Russell, the Englishman said one of his favorite ways to help the world is by taking homeless people to dinner and just keeping them company for a night.

David Harbour

When Stranger Things fan Ericka Millholland from Springfield, Illinois, reached out to David Harbour with an extraordinary request to officiate their wedding, the actor said he would… in exchange for the first bite of the wedding cake. Obviously, using Method Acting, Harbour got himself ordained and, to everyone’s delight, made a grand entrance as Chief Hopper.

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Harbour united Ericka and her now-husband, Daniel Rockwood, in matrimony. Although, Daniel must have been bemused as he hasn’t seen Stranger Things! Eleven out of Eleven for effort, David!

Taylor Swift

During 2020, 11-year-old Emerson Weber from South Dakota took it upon herself to write handwritten letters to postal workers to thank them for all their hard work in helping keep people connected. Now, Emerson is a massive fan of Taylor Swift, so she’d often include her favorite singer’s quotes in her letters.

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When Taylor found out about the young girl’s initiative, she wrote a letter to Emerson thanking her for her hard work and compassion. Emerson has since written a book about her letter-writing adventure called Sincerely, Emerson.

Ed Sheeran

13-year-old Sydney Bourbeau was performing Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” at West Edmonton Mall in Alberta, Canada, as a part of her music school’s fundraiser. And you’ll never guess who happened to show up in the crowd. Yes, it was the ginger musical maestro himself, Ed Sheeran.

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Ed joined Sydney to make it a duet and sent her tickets to his next concert. Hilariously, Sydney thought Ed was someone walking over to help fix her microphone. And that, there, is star quality!

Colin Farrell

At the Toronto Film Festival, Colin Farrell recognized a homeless man named Stress he’d met three years earlier. So, the Irish actor bought him $2,100 worth of clothes and a sleeping bag. Next, he went to an ATM, withdrew a chunk of cash, and gave the man money to rent a room.

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Colin and Stress have kept in touch ever since their fateful meeting, and Stress credits his famous buddy with helping to turn his life around.

Katy Perry

After eight-year-old Grace Moores underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor, she missed her hero, Katy Perry, in concert. So, instead, Katy took the concert to Grace’s home in Adelaide, Australia. The singer showed up at her young fan’s house to meet the brave young girl, chat with her family, and sing songs together.

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Perry said, “Today is one of those days where I actually feel like a unicorn. That’s because I get to use my powers for good.” We think they’re both champions, and we’re gonna hear them roar!

Tyler Perry

His most-famous character Mabel “Madea” Simmons, might be one tough cookie, but when billionaire actor and entrepreneur Tyler Perry heard thieves had stolen Alicia Day’s van, he leaped into action to help her. You see, the $60,000 van was specially equipped to help Alicia with her cerebral palsy.

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Tyler called the local radio station that had reported the tragedy and asked how he could get in touch with Alicia. Then, he called Alicia at home, told her who he was, and bought her a brand-new vehicle.

Keith Urban

Devoted 25-year-old country music enthusiast Marissa English adored Keith Urban’s music and was so excited to attend his concert in her hometown. However, a cruel twist of fate intervened when Marissa’s pre-existing medical conditions took a turn for the worse, confining her to a hospital bed. But that didn’t stop Keith from helping Marissa!

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Not only did Mr. Nicole Kidman dedicate that evening’s concert to Marissa, but he also visited his number-one fan at the hospital.

Shaquille O’Neill

Recently, 7’1” ex-NBA star Shaquille O’Neill explained, “The other day, me and my mom went furniture shopping, and this lady, she had an autistic daughter. She was also looking to pay for some furniture. I just took care of her. I’m into making people happy. Whenever I leave the house, I just try to do a good deed.”

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Another time, in a jewelry store, he overheard a guy asking how much of the balance was left to pay on his girlfriend’s ring. So, Shaq paid off the balance. Giant man, giant heart!

Bruno Mars

When Zumyah Thorpe was recovering from a car crash, her doctors said that Bruno Mars’ music helped her regain consciousness from a coma. So when Bruno found out that Zumyah was in the crowd at one of his shows, he decided to make her feel extra special. The pop whizkid dedicated “(You’re Amazing) Just The Way You Are”.

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Not satisfied with serenading his brave young fan in front of thousands, Bruno also gave her several gifts from the show. Zumyah must have been over the moon… sorry — Mars.

Little Mix

England’s finest girl group, Little Mix, aka Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards, and Jesy Nelson, popped into McDonald’s to surprise superfan Elise on her 12th birthday. The girls sang her “Happy Birthday” and joined her party for a while, hanging out, chatting, and posing for photos.

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Perrie explained the fast food chain’s #HelloGoodTimes campaign by saying, “I just think the whole campaign’s so cute; it’s about making people happy and making people feel good. It was adorable, especially when we did the performance.” No, you’re adorable.

Jon Bon Jovi

When rock legend Jon Bon Jovi found out about Australian fan Branka Delic’s online petition asking him to walk her down the aisle, the old romantic couldn’t say no. Especially because Branka’s wedding ceremony was at the same Las Vegas chapel where he tied the knot in 1989.

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Blushing bride Branka reported, “I have memories for life which I’ll never forget. Such an amazing man to take time from his schedule to come walk this crazy Aussie down the aisle … You’re everything I ever imagined, an amazing and generous being.”

Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp often visits children’s wards as Captain Jack Sparrow from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise to scare the bejeesus out of sick children who just want some peace and quiet. Only kidding; they love him, really.

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Johnny spoke about his sometimes marathon five-hour hospital visits saying, “Kids in hospital are so courageous, but to be able to bring a smile or a giggle to the parents means everything in the world to me.” Next, Depp asked, “Why are pirates called pirates?” Before replying, “Because they AARRRHHH!”

Tupac Shakur

In the 1990s, the late great Tupac Shakur received a letter from the parents of a terminally-ill boy named Joshua, saying it was their son’s last wish to meet him. So, 2Pac flew all the way to Maryland to meet the boy.

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When Joshua passed away, Tupac changed the name of his record publishing company to Joshua’s Dream. Tupac learned his strong moral compass and charity from his mother, Afeni Shakur, who was an outspoken activist.

Selena Gomez

Hardly any celebrity has done more for the Make-A-Wish foundation than Selena Gomez. The singer has even won an award for her charity work with the foundation, and several Make-A-Wish kids have said their day with Selena was the best day of their lives.

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The parents of one of the children Selena visited stated, “When the folks from Make-A-Wish told us that she would be able to have a wish, it just felt like the whole world was righting some sort of wrong.”

John Cena

If you thought DC’s Peacemaker was a superhero, wait until you hear about John Cena! The ex-wrestler and actor often works with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which has granted over half a million wishes for children with terminal illnesses.

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But John went above and beyond his usual level when he flew to Amsterdam to meet a superfan — Misha Rohozhyn, who has Down syndrome and is nonverbal. Cena paid a surprise visit, prompting an emotional and tearful response from Misha.

Bryan Cranston

In 2013, actor Bryan Cranston heard that 19-year-old Breaking Bad fan Brad Joyner from North Carolina had been diagnosed with brain cancer; he knew he had to reach out. Remember, the whole reason mild-mannered high school chemistry teacher Walter White turned into criminal mastermind Heisenberg is because he finds out he has a tumor.

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So Bryan chatted with Brad for half an hour via Skype and sent an ice cream truck to Brad’s home. Brad’s house was recognizable as it was the one with the pizza on the roof!

Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle’s comedy shows are funny, but he always starts late and overruns. One night, he overran so much that he was still on stage at four o’clock in the morning. So, to thank his fans that stayed, Chappelle rented a basketball court for them all to meet up the next afternoon.

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One attendee tweeted, “We played pick-up hoops with Dave Chappelle for over an hour. He bought us all fruit smoothies and gave us free tickets to his show the next night. He is a SUPER nice guy, just like he is on TV. Couldn’t have been any cooler.”

Amy Adams

When Amy Adams was boarding her flight from Detroit to Los Angeles, she noticed a fully-dressed soldier awaiting his economy flight home. Before you ask, no, she wasn’t in Arrivals; she was in Departures! Anyway, Amy asked a flight attendant if she could swap seats with the soldier, gave him her first-class seat, and flew cattle class.

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TV host Jemele Hill, who was also on the plane, tweeted: “Just saw actress Amy Adams do something incredibly classy. She gave her 1st class seat to an American soldier.”

Paul Walker

Even though Paul Walker sadly left us in 2013, his kindness and generosity live on. One day, the Fast & Furious star was in a jewelry store where a couple was browsing for engagement rings. He overheard the couple find the perfect ring but then left empty-handed as it exceeded their $9,000 budget.

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Unbeknownst to them, Paul Walker discreetly bought the ring, requesting the store clerk to maintain his anonymity. A decade later, the couple discovered that the late actor had made their dream ring a reality.

Jennifer Garner

Alias and Peppermint star Jennifer Garner took to Instagram to share her practical and impactful method to help those in need. In a heartfelt video, she demonstrates a straightforward yet effective approach that anyone can afford. She fills Ziploc bags with small essential items like socks, tissues, toothbrushes, granola bars, and a few dollar bills.

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Jennifer then goes to the street and hands the bags out to houseless people, who find her small gifts invaluable. It’s hardly Miracles from Heaven but every little bit counts, right?

Christian Bale

Bruce Wayne might be a billionaire philanthropist, but did you know that The Dark Knight trilogy actor Christian Bale once flew a four-year-old leukemia patient named Jayden Barber and his family from Ohio to Disneyland, California? The Barber family even enjoyed lunch at Club 33 with Christian, his wife, and his daughter.

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Jayden’s mom said her son was treated like royalty and that “the entire interaction was like old friends having lunch. Jayden did not get star-struck but was well aware of who we were with!”

Zach Galifianakis and Renee Zellweger

Back in 1994, when Zach Galifianakis was a budding actor, writer, and comedian no one had heard of, he met an elderly woman named Elizabeth “Mimi” Haist. Years later, after Zach hit the big time, he heard that Mimi was now 87 and homeless. So, he swung into action, found her an apartment, and paid her rent.

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Zach also introduced Mimi to Bridget Jones actress Renee Zellweger, who furnished the apartment, hopefully, with two ferns. Zach often took Mimi to his movie premieres as his date. Awww, bless.

Jamie Foxx

When Brett Kyle lost control of his Toyota Tacoma in Ventura County, California, the pickup truck left the road, rolled over multiple times, and ended up in a drainage ditch outside Jamie Foxx’s house. Then, it caught fire with Kyle trapped inside.

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Jamie was the first responder, and — with help from an off-duty EMT — he cut Kyle’s seat belt and dragged him to safety. Heroic Jamie told KCAL, “I don’t look at it as heroic. I just look at it as … you just had to do something. It all worked out.”

Daniel Radcliffe

Looks like Daniel Radcliffe really is rad — even without his trusty magic wand, he comes to the rescue of people. In 2017, while walking in the fancy Chelsea neighborhood, Daniel was a witness to a mugging.

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Although he couldn’t get back what was stolen, he did immediately offer his assistance to the mugging victim, calming him down. A witness at the scene shared that “it was a bit of the surreal moment.” We can imagine! 10 point to Gryffindor!

Sandra Bullock

Svend Petersen spent over 40 years working at the Beverly Hills Hotel as the pool manager, getting to know the many stars who had enjoyed the pool. He was even dubbed the “Poolside Prince.” Sadly, in 2017, he became homeless.

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Luckily, his friends opened up a GoFundMe page to help him out. Many people donated to help him get a new apartment. But most noticeable was the $5,000 donation from Sandra Bullock, who wrote on her donation, “Everything is going to be okay.”