Actor Hugh Jackman is known for playing superheroes in movies with his recurring role as Wolverine in the X-Men franchise. But recently the star played hero in real life in his native Australia.

Jackman was at Sydney’s Bondi Beach when his teenage son, Oscar, and several other swimmers became trapped in a riptide, CNN reports. Jackman was filmed pulling at least two people to safety before waving at other swimmers to come out of the water.


Australia’s Nine News reports several other beaches in the area were closed due to the dangerous conditions, and the North Bondi Surf Lifesaving Club said rough waters resulted in multiple rescues that day.

But Jackman isn’t the only celeb to become an off-screen hero. In January, Jamie Foxx made headlines for pulling a man to safety from a burning vehicle. The crash happened right outside Foxx’s Los Angeles home, according to E! News. Brett Kyle was driving at "a high rate of speed" when his pickup truck drove into a drainage ditch and rolled over multiple times before bursting into flames, according to California Highway Patrol.

Foxx and other witnesses used rescue tools to break a window, cut Kyle’s seat belt and pull Kyle to safety. He was hospitalized with severe injuries and charged with driving under the influence, ABC News reported.

Ryan Gosling(Photo: Ian Gavan/Shutterstock)
Actor Ryan Gosling has come to the rescue at least twice in New York City. In April 2012, Gosling noticed a woman about to step into the path of a speeding taxi and pulled her back. (She later wrote about the experience for Gawker.) And barely a year prior, he was caught on camera breaking up a would-be street fight between an art vendor and a man accused of stealing a painting. The witness who filmed the incident told The Huffington Post Gosling gave the vendor $20 to settle the dispute.

Gosling told MTV: “I said to the guy, ‘Why are you doing this?’ He said, ‘Well, he tried to steal my painting’. I said, ‘How do you know?’ and he said, ‘Well, he comes here every day and looks at my paintings,’ which means the guy was a fan, and so he wanted the painting so bad he had to steal it because he couldn’t afford it.”


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