Kind celebrities


CIt doesn’t matter where kindness comes from, famous or not, but there’s a general attitude that today’s celebs are good-for-nothing people. These stories prove that otherwise.

JT’s carbon footprint

During a nationwide tour, Justin Timberlake paid a company to measure the carbon impact of his concerts in the cities where he played. He then paid to have trees and bushes planted in those cities to offset his carbon footprint.

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Tom Cruise cares

After witnessing a hit-and-run accident, Cruise called the paramedics and stayed with the victim, following her to the emergency room and then paying the $7,000 bill when he learned she was uninsured. On another occasion, Cruise saved a boy from being crushed to death by a frenzied mob at one of his film premieres by reaching into the crowd and pulling him out.

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Keanu Reeves shares

He gave $80 million of his Matrix salary away to the special-effects team and costume designers who worked on the trilogy, as he believes they are the ones who deserve all the credit. According to Reeves, “Money is the last thing I think about. I could live on what I’ve already made for the next few centuries.”

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Jim Cummings, The Voice Of “Winnie The Pooh”

Aside from voicing one of the most beloved cartoons of all time, Jim Cummings also does his fair share of charity work, sometimes calling sick children in hospitals and speaking to them in character. Says Jim:

“One child that I called was dying of cancer,” he says. “Pooh called her, and she started to giggle. Her mother was in tears, just crying. She said that was the first time her daughter had smiled in six months.”

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Years after the movies success, Dan Akroyd and Bill Murray suited up as the Ghostbusters one last time to visit a terminally ill child while in character.

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Brand Russell gives time

Brand has been spotted several times on the streets of LA hanging out with the homeless, taking them to breakfast and even giving one of them a new shirt and a ride to the same AA meeting Brand himself attends.

I’m sure there are many more stories (and of course many on the contrary) but the point is: it doesn’t matter who they are or where they come from: kindness is universal.

“Wherever there is a human being there is an opportunity for kindness.” – Seneca


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  4. First of all, I want to applaud you for doing AtoZx3!

    Your post here, and especially the Seneca quote at the end, reminds me of wisdom from the Dalai Lama: “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”

    Thanks for sharing these stories!

  5. Very good eyeopener – there are good people and good deeds in all walks of life. I was particularly moved by Keanu Reeves gift – not because of the amount, but because he knows who it really is behind-the-scenes that gives him much of his success. I always tried to remember that and act accordingly with employees and staff throughout my career. They supported me in my success and they deserved to be appreciated and rewarded.

    • I agree, actors are the “faces” of a movie but it’s remarkable how many people contribute behind the scenes who get paid far less. Good on you for keeping that in mind in your own world, it’s easy to forget.

  6. I feel the very best kinds of charity are the ones that are kept anonymous. I often wonder when there are stories about celebrities. Of course it is kind. But was it done with kindness in their hearts or as part of a publicity stunt. Makes me think of Oprah! Just my opinion, of course

    Paula at /Smidgen,Snippets,&Bits

    • I don’t argue with that, I just can’t share those stories, because you know, they’re anonymous 🙂 But yeah there’s a fine line between a publicity stunt and a selfless act, especially if your whole life is in the public eye. But even myself, it might be selfish but I like getting acknowledged for a good deed. 🙂

  7. Kindness has nothing to do with celebrity or fame. It is always had been, and will be, about the individual. Still… it is always nice to read these stories:)

    • I agree, it doesn’t. My point was to show that despite the generally low opinion, these people can do good as well. It doesn’t matter where we go, kindness can happen.

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