In the wake of actor Paul Walker’s tragic death, many stories have been coming out about his infinite generosity and goodness.
Recently, a story broke about how Walker had purchased a $9,000 engagement ring for a military couple in 2004. Almost 10 years ago, Walker was at a jewelry store in Santa Barbara, Calif. and saw a couple, Kyle and Kristen Upham, looking at engagement rings. Kyle had just finished his first tour of duty in Iraq, and couldn’t afford the ring he wanted to buy for his then-fiancee.
Walker had overheard that the ring was out of their price range. He secretly told the manager of the store to “put it on his tab”, according to a clerk at the store. The couple received a call from the store next day to pick up the engagement ring.
They managed to keep the story under wraps for nearly a decade. When the store clerk’s son went public with the tale shortly after Walker’s death, the Uphams confirmed that Paul Walker had in fact bought them the ring.
“It’s still to this day the most generous thing anyone has ever done for me,” Kristen said. “His real life speaks volumes of his character. He really did good for this world.”
1. Paul Walker
2. James Remar
James Remar, of the hit show Dexter, bought medical supplies for an injured homeless man outside of an L.A. grocery store.
3. Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel handed out backpacks full of supplies to victims of Hurricane Sandy in Far Rockaway, Queens immediately after returning home from their honeymoon.
4. Woody Harrelson
Woody Harrelson was approached by a homeless man on the streets of New York City in 2012. When the woman asked for spare change, he handed her $600.
5. Russel Brand
In 2012, comedian Russell Brand took a group of homeless individuals to breakfast in West Hollywood.
6. Zach Galifianakis
The Hangover’s Zach Galifianakis made a friend before he was famous at a laundromat in Santa Monica. The woman survived for 18 years off of tips from customers. When the actor learned that his friend Mimi had become homeless, he bought her a one-bed, one-bath apartment and started paying for her rent and utilities.
7. Jennifer Lawrence
Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence came to the aid of a teenage girl who collapsed near her apartment building when the star was walking her dog. Lawrence stayed at the scene until the young girl was eventually revived by paramedics.
8. Christian Bale
Christian Bale flew a young cancer patient and his family out to Disneyland in 2012.
9. Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal was spotted depositing spare change into a number of parking meters that were about to expire in Beverly Hills.
10. Taylor Swift
After a group of tragically rude cyber bullies hacked VH1’s Save the Music Contest and voted for Boston’s Horace Mann School for the Deaf to win an on-campus Taylor Swift concert, the singer gave all of school’s K-12 students a ticket to her next Boston concert and gave the school $50,000.
11. John Mayer
This July, John Mayer bought a (very expensive) guitar for 16-year-old fan Julie Fermin, who happened to be browsing in a SoHo guitar shop when Mayer and Katy Perry dropped in. Mayer reportedly asked the girl which guitar was her favorite, and after she pointed it out to him and said she couldn’t afford it, he bought it for her as a gift.
12. Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper visited Boston Marathon bombing victim Jeff Bauman when he was recovering from a double amputation following the tragedy.
13. Keanu Reeves
A video of actor Keanu Reeves giving up his seat on a New York City subway to a woman went viral in 2011. Maybe chivalry isn’t dead after all.
14. Aaron Paul
Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul saved a local taco truck from going out of business in Hollywood.
15. Ann Curry
NBC News Correspondent Ann Curry launched the call to action after the Sandy Hook shooting for people across the country to perform 26 acts of kindness, one for each victim. The movement caught fire, and many instances of people’s 26 acts went viral online.
16. Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling saved the life of a British journalist in New York city when she narrowly avoided being hit by a speeding cab.
Beyonce gave her microphone to a man during a concert she performed in 2009 so he could propose to his girlfriend.
18. Victor Cruz
NFL player Victor Cruz dedicated a football game that took place following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings to 6-year-old victim Jack Pinto after hearing that he was the child’s favorite NFL player. Cruz wrote “R.I.P. Jack Pinto” and “Jack Pinto, my hero” on his shoes for the game. He also called the boy’s family and gave them his game jersey for Jack to be buried in.
19. Zoe Saldana
Actress Zoe Saldana witnessed a car accident in Culver City, CA and immediately came to the aid of an elderly woman involved in the crash. She called the police and waited with the woman until they arrived.
20. Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber formed a special bond with his number one fan: 6 year old Avalanna Ruth aka “Mrs. Bieber”. He flew her and her family to New York City to “marry” her in a cute ceremony in 2012. Avalanna passed away on Sept. 26, 2013.