- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 15, 2005

Though Sean Penn’s attempts to rescue victims of Hurricane Katrina sprang a leak last week — he was seen using a plastic cup to bail water from the boat he had commandeered — other celebrities have successfully worked without a net … or a script — to rescue people in peril.

Harrison Ford — The next best thing to having a trained medical expert rushing to the rescue is the sight of Indiana Jones heading your way. Mr. Ford’s piloting skills got a workout a few years back when he flew in to retrieve a hiker suffering dehydration and altitude sickness near the actor’s Jackson, Wyo., home.

Vin Diesel — Before he became “The Pacifier,” Mr. Diesel pulled a real-life action-hero stunt. In 2002, he stopped his motorcycle to help a family stuck in a burning car. He pulled the children to safety and kept control of the scene until emergency workers arrived.

Tom Cruise — The “War of the Worlds” star has taken his lumps for his amorous histrionics this year, but back in 1996, the actor saved strangers twice. He took a woman hurt in a car accident to the hospital and subsequently paid the medical bill, then plucked two boys from a crushing crowd to safety.

Mark Harmon — The “NCIS” actor proved heroic in 1996 when he broke into a flaming car with a sledgehammer to save two teenagers trapped inside. Medical experts on the scene confirmed that the teens owed their lives to Mr. Harmon.

Arnold Schwarzenegger — The Governator saved a man struggling in the water off the beach at Maui last year. The “Terminator” star reportedly brought the man back to shore on a boogie board.

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