One that pops to mind immediately is Steve Buscemi. He was a firefighter before he became famous, and after 9/11, he showed up at this old fire station and assisted digging through the rubble looking for survivors and bodies. Maybe not in immediate danger to life and limb, ground zero was considered pretty hazardous in the days following the attacks. Pretty selfless at any rate.
It’s not quite the same level of heroics, but Harrison Ford has helped rescue stranded hikers in danger at least twice so far. I’d say it’s at least pretty cool to fly your helicopter and land it in the mountains to rescue some total stranger who’s become ill or lost and unable to get to safety.
Beat me to it! That’s the first one that came to mind to me as well. Much more heroic than John Wayne, who incidently got into a fight with seviceman over not being in the uniformed service during the war.
At least a few Hall-of-Fame bound MLB players gave up their careers to head for WWII or Korea. I can’t remember his name, but there’s one guy from the HoF who died within the last couple of years who was remembered for having given up his career at its peak to go to Korea and fight. When the war was over he picked up right where he left off. Damn if can’t remember his name. :smack:
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-TN, helped save the lives of a couple of victims of a car crash (well after his election to the Majority Leader post).
Arizona Cardinals player Pat Tillman gave up a lucrative career in the NFL to go fight, and die, in Afghanistan following the September 11th terrorist attacks.
Most people remember that Audie Murphy was the most decorated soldier of WWII. He became a famous actor after his war exploits.
quite a guy.
My personal favorite is the actor Victor McLaughlin, who won an oscar for “The Informer” and starred oppisite John Wayne in “The Quiet Man”.
He lied about his age to join the British Army and fight in the frickin’ Boer War! He fought in World War 1 and was briefly provost marshall of Bagdad! He was mentioned in despatchs by Winston Churchill.
Baseball player Ted Williams was coming off a remarkable season with the Boston Red Sox when he received his draft notice in 1941. He was called to Naval aviation duty in November 1942. Commissioned a second lieutenant in May 1944, he served until December 1945. After his discharge, he went back to the Red Sox, until he was recalled in 1952. He flew 49 combat missions during the Korean War with the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing. Discharged again in 1953, Williams returned to the Red Sox.