The Nicest Celebrities in Hollywood
From Mel Gibson’s racist rants to Russell Crowe’s violent outbursts, Hollywood has its fair share of condescending and ill-mannered celebrities. Yet at the same time, it is home to some of the nicest people out there – celebrities that not only have an easy-going, kind personality, but also help others whenever they can.
#4 - Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks’ nice guy attitude precedes him. If there’s one actor that both fans and film industry insiders say is the real deal, it’s Tom. As typical of most modest, down-to-earth celebrities, Hanks also donates to many different charities. Patient with fans, engaging and entertaining in interviews, and all around classy, Tom Hanks is a throwback to the classic actors of Hollywood like Paul Newman.
#3 - Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman is not only one of the nicest Hollywood celebrities, but also a model family man. Unlike most Hollywood leading men who constantly change romantic partners, Hugh has been married to the same woman since 1996, who is also 13 years his senior. He supported his wife through two miscarriages, and the couple adopted children instead. On and off camera Jackman is regarded as one of the most pleasant and engaging actors to interview, get autographs from, and work with.
#2 - Johnny Depp
Coming in at number two, Johnny Depp is all class. Not only does he continually thank his fans for their appreciation, but also tries to make any of his appearances on camera a funny and entertaining affair. Johnny Depp is such a nice guy that even his celebrity friends identify him as a genuinely good person. Here are some highlights of his good guy persona.
Notable Nice Guy Stories:
Back in 2010, a 9-year-old girl wrote a letter addressed to Johnny’s famous “Pirates of the Caribbean” character, Captain Jack Sparrow, asking him to help “stage a mutiny” against her teachers. Depp actually read the letter and showed up at the girl’s school, in the complete garb of Captain Jack Sparrow.
Johnny Depp Surprises Fan in Classroom
In the late 1990’s, Depp was working on the film “Sleepy Hollow”. In one of the scenes, he was to ride a one-eye horse, which was to be killed and sent to a glue factory after filming. Upon finding out about this, Deep adopted the horse.
During filming of “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”, Depp reportedly spent $ 62,000 to buy jackets for all the crew members, because it was raining.
In 2008, Depp recorded a voice message for a 17-year-old British girl who had been in a coma. Her parents asked him to tape the message because he was the girl’s favorite actor, and they hoped playing the message would wake her up.
Perhaps Depp’s most famous good deed was his outspoken defense of three convicted men, who were believed to have committed gruesome murders, but with no physical evidence. The men were sentenced to death row, yet Deep continually stood behind them by appearing on a number of talk shows.
#1 - Keanu Reeves
Keanu has been through some pretty rough stuff in his life. His dad left his mother when he was 3, leading to constant moving and new stepfathers. His girlfriend delivered a stillborn child in 1999, and then she herself died in a car accident in 2001. To top it all off, his sister has battled cancer for a decade, with Keanu constantly supporting her not just financially, but also in person. You’d think that after this turn of events, he would be a pretty bitter guy, but no. The stories of his good nature would fill a long list, but here are some highlights.
Notable Nice Guy Stories:
Keanu Reeves continues to donate to charities, and even gave away over $ 50 million to the special effects and costumes crew of the Matrix trilogy.
Keanu gave a $ 20,000 bonus to a man working on building movie sets for the Matrix. The guy was having financial troubles and couldn’t support his family, of which Keanu heard and decided to help.
Keanu once helped a woman whose car broke down on an LA highway. Unable to get her car started, he called for the vehicle to be towed. He then proceeded to drive the woman all the way to her home, 50 miles from where he himself was heading. To finish it off, he gave the woman his phone number in case she needed any additional help.
These kind of stories sum Keanu up pretty well - a genuinely good person who hasn’t allowed his fame and rough life to stop him from being nice to others. We can only hope that more Hollywood celebrities will follow in his, and so many others' footsteps - to not only strive for fame, but also for becoming a positive role model.