Earlier this week (in 2011), Alex Trebek awoke to find a burglar in his San Francisco hotel room. The game show host chased down the thief, rupturing his Achilles tendon and injuring his leg in the process. Thanks to Trebek's efforts, the suspect was later apprehended. Trebek went on to fulfill his hosting duties at the National Geographic World Championship geography bee later that day. (Ben Hider, Getty Images)
Though he's racked up jail time and multiple felony convictions, rapper T.I. has also done plenty of good. In 2010, he talked a suicidal Atlanta man off the ledge of a 22-story building. Reportedly, the rapper heard about the incident on the radio and immediately drove over to the building to see if he could help. While authorities wouldn't let him on the roof, T.I. used his phone to record a positive video message for the would-be jumper, who climbed back down the ground a short time later.(Ethan Miller, Getty Images)
Tom Cruise played good Samaritan several times in 1996. After witnessing a hit-and-run accident in L.A., he called 911 and stayed with the victim until help arrived. When he found out she had no health insurance, Cruise picked up the $7000 medical bill.
Later that year, Cruise and then-wife Nicole Kidman were on their yacht near Capri when they spotted a boat nearby catch fire and sink. The couple was able to rescue all five people aboard the doomed ship. (Frazer Harrison, Getty Images)
A-list star Jennifer Garner was driving through Los Angeles in 2010 when she spotted stranded motorists on the side of the road. Dressed in sweats, Garner stopped to help the duo, who had run out of gas - making a run to a local gas station and filling the tank herself!
Demi Moore is a 21st century good Samaritan who turned to social media to help out distressed fans. In separate incidents, two of Moore's Twitter followers (she's @mrskutcher) tweeted about their plans to commit suicide. Moore, a very active Twitter user, noticed the messages and alerted the proper authorities. Both fans survived thanks to Moore's attention.
Harrison Ford isn't just Indiana Jones, he's a real-life helicopter pilot with a penchant for saving lives. In 2000, he saved a female hiker who had fallen ill with altitude sickness, stranded atop Idaho's Table Mountain. Then, in 2001, he came to the rescue of a Boy Scout who was lost overnight in Yellowstone National Park. (Jason Merritt, Getty Images)
In 2008, NFL player (and former Cal football star) Tony Gonzalez saved a man's life while out to dinner with family. During the meal, Gonzalez noticed fellow diner Ken Hunter choking on a piece of meat and beginning to turn blue. Gonzalez successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver and saved Hunter's life. Ironically, the choking victim was a die-hard Chargers fan - the major NFL rival of Gonzalez's team, the Kansas City Chiefs.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Sean Penn did more than just contribute money to relief funds. The actor traveled to New Orleans and drove a motorboat around the flooded streets, personally rescuing nearly 40 people from their ruined homes and transporting them to land for medical care. (Valerie Macon, Getty Images)
Country star Garth Brooks is also a good Samaritan. In 2000, during a visit with family in Oklahoma, Brooks helped evacuate homes that were in the path of a raging grass fire. The singer used his pickup truck to drive residents out of harm's way. (Kevin Winter, Getty Images For AFI)
what are your good samaritan (whether it was you or someone else helping you out)stories, ontd? When I was sixteen and had just gotten my license, some jerk hit me and drove off. A guy saw what happened, chased the jerk in his car, forced the jerk to come back to the scene, waited with me till my dad got there so I wouldn't be by myself with the jerk, and then snuck away before me, my dad, or the police could properly thank him :( <3