For actor and bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno, FanBoy Expo's Knoxville Comic Con was supposed to be a typical weekend of signing autographs — but when a fan had a seizure right in front of him, he responded like a member of the Avengers.
The fan, Ted McAlister, began seizing at Ferrigno's convention booth while browsing through the actor's photos and memorabilia. Ted attempted to speak, but couldn't get the words out. Fortunately, Ferrigno knew just what to do.
According to Ted's father, Ferrigno cleared his booth in order to ensure that Ted had enough room and wouldn't hurt himself, and then Ferrigno hailed paramedics. Once the seizure was over, Ted got to pose with Ferrigno (who posed doing the "Hulk mode" fist clench). You can see the heart warming photo on Frank McAlister's Facebook Page, which he has made public to show Lou's heroic deeds.
Here's Frank's full account:
Today I had the opportunity to take Ted to the FanBoy Expo in Knoxville where he was able to meet several of the voices of numerous characters from the animated world that he grew up watching. He also had the opportunity to meet Lou Ferrigno. After this photo was taken Ted stood and was talking to Lou and I was outside the rail waiting. Mr. Ferrigno touched me on the shoulder and said that Ted was trying to tell him something that he couldn't understand. I turned and knew immediately that Ted was having a seizure and I told Mr. Ferrigno what the problem was and I needed to get to him. He cleared his booth and I gently sat Ted on the floor. Mr. Ferrigno called for the medics which responded immediately but the whole time The Incredible Hulk made sure that I had everything that I needed. When Ted started to come around and started to get up the Big Man reached down his hand and assisted me as Ted stood.. I took Ted to the restroom along with an EMT. Mr. Ferrigno came and insisted that I bring Ted back after he recovered for another picture. Talk about a real life Action Hero! This man is the real deal. It was an absolute honor to shake his hand and a greater honor to say Thank You to a gentle Giant. I pray that God will bless this man and keep him safe and out of harms way. Thanks for a wonderful memory.
A potentially bad situation had a happy ending. "I'm just happy I could be of help!" Ferrigno tweeted.
Lou Ferrigno Isn't The Only Actor To Turn Hero
This isn't the first time that an action star was a hero in real life.
- In 1996, Tom Cruise (fresh off the success of Mission: Impossible) saw a woman get hurt in a hit-and-run in Los Angeles. Cruise helped her get medical attention and even paid off her $7,000 Emergency Room bill.
- While Harrison Ford may not have had much luck as a pilot lately, due to some bad landings, back in 2000 he rescued a hiker who had been stranded on a mountain due to dehydration. "I can’t believe I barfed in Harrison Ford’s helicopter,” the woman told reporters.
- Back in 2012, Ryan Gosling saved a woman from getting hit by a taxicab in New York City, which gave new meaning to his famous meme, "Hey, girl."
There are many more examples of celebrity heroism, and Ferrigno's is the latest. It goes to show that we admire these actors for a reason — they're not just pretending to be good guys.
Who's your favorite real-life hero? Sound off in the comments below!
(Source: The Washington Post)