Steve Buscemi’s heart of gold
Many celebrities had weird and interesting jobs before they managed to brake into their chosen career paths. For example, it is well known that Rod Stewart was a gravedigger in his teens. Perhaps less well known but equally true is that Mick Jagger was a porter at a Mental Hospital, Sylvester Stallone was a lion cage cleaner at the Central Park Zoo and Sean Connery was, after he left the Royal Navy, a milkman. All these sound like fairly interesting jobs but award winning actor Steve Buscemi (pronounced Boo-shemi) worked as a firefighter for 4 years between 1980-84 for the FDNY Engine 55 crew. The difference between the former Mr. Pink actor and the rest of those mentioned above is that you wouldn't catch them going back to their old jobs for any price.
That is what makes this guy so special, he went back to his old job as a volunteer. During the infamous 9/11 disaster, the 43 year-old actor joined his old crew and helped searching through the rubble for survivors. This was no publicity stunt, he refused to take any pictures saying that this would slow the process down and tried to stay out of the limelight as much as was possible. If he'd stayed with his crew he'd probably be a senior firefighter by now but instead he's a Golden Globe winning actor, but that hasn't stopped him remembering where he's come from and knowing the value of putting in 12-hour shifts for 5 days straight, alongside his fellow firefighters and saving anyone he could.
He wasn't the only famous helping hands there at that time, St. Vincent's Hospital became the base for English-born actor Daniel Day-Lewis who helped carry ice for chilling blood that was needed for life saving transfusions. It is expected that those in power should do what they can to help out their fellow man in times of need like this, however, it's one things to donate money but it really takes a special kind of person to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty alongside those whose job it is to help.