In 30 Characteristics of a Good Guy, we outline a good guy as one who “fights against injustice,” “takes initiative,” “has a desire to advance culture,” and “supports and promotes moral excellence.” The 10 Hollywood actors listed below are making a difference. As a good guy, you should be making a difference too. Hopefully you will be inspired by their good deeds to go out and change the world as only you can.
A hometown hero from Springfield, MO, Brad has continually given back to his community. He formed the Make it Right Foundation, which builds new homes in New Orleans for people affected by Hurricane Katrina. He is a founder of Not On Our Watch along with Matt Damon and George Clooney. Not On Our Watch develops “advocacy campaigns that bring global attention to international crises and give voice to their victims.” The Jolie-Pitt Foundation has given millions each year to various charities. In 2008 alone, the couple donated more than $8 million. Newsweek Magazine named Pitt as one of “15 People Who Make America Great” for bringing attention to causes in Africa.
The father of 3 girls, Matt Damon moved away from Hollywood to settle down in Miami with his family. He founded H20 Africa to help raise awareness of the water crisis in Africa. In 2009, it merge to form water.org. He also founded Not On Our Watch with Brad Pitt and George Clooney. He is an ambassador for OneXOne, which works through various organizations with the goal to “alleviate suffering and preserve the lives of children” worldwide.
He famously said “divorce is not an option,” and he’s stayed true to his word. Will and Jada have been married 15 years. According to Forbes, Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation has given $126,000 to the Lupus Foundation and $200,000 the Baltimore School for the Arts. In 2008 alone, they gave $1.3 million to various charities.
He’s on the board of trustees for the United Way, he’s a United Nations Messenger of Peace, and his charity has given millions to the United Nations World Food Program. Along with Matt Damon and Brad Pitt, he is also a founder of Not On Our Watch.
Along with Ellen Degeneres, he started the “Small Change Campaign,” which benefitted the charity Feeding America. He also founded the Eastern Congo Initiative, to aid and bring international advocacy to the war-torn area. In 2013, he joined The Global Poverty Project’s Live Below the Line campaign, where he pledged to live on $1.50 a day for a week to raise money for charities such as UNICEF.
Michael J. Fox
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has raised $100 million to date, and has become the world’s largest non-profit dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s. After two decades of living with Parkinson’s disease, he returned to TV in 2013 with his own show.
In 2o12, Matt donated over $1.5 million to the Just Keep Livin’ Foundation which is “dedicated to empowering high school students to lead active lives and make healthy choices to become great men and women.” According to the website, the JK Livin’ foundation sets up “fitness and wellness programs in public schools where students might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn about the body and mind connection.”
Through the St. Bernard Project, Kellan has supported rebuilding efforts in New Orleans by donating and by going down and working on projects. He has been involved in PETA having rescued two dogs. He has also taken a strong stance against sex trafficking in the U.S. and abroad through his involvement in Saving Innocence and Unlikely Heroes. Saving Innocence’s mission is “to rescue and restore child victims of sex trafficking through strategic partnerships with local law enforcement, social service providers, and schools, while mobilizing communities to prevent abuse and increase neighborhood safety.” Unlikely Heroes’ mission is to “identify, rescue and rehabilitate child victims of sex slavery worldwide.” If you’re in Los Angeles next week, Unlikely Heroes will be holding its Recognizing Heroes event.
Along with his wife, the Tatum’s are actively involved in three foundations: the Dizzyfeet Foundation, the Rainforest Foundation, and the Keep A Child Alive Foundation. In 2012, both Channing and his wife were nominated for the “Do Something Couple” award.
Brian Austin Green
No wonder Brian attracted Meagan Fox, who is considered to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. When I went to the “Night of Generosity” event a few weeks ago, I saw firsthand how passionate Brian was about the worldwide water crisis. That night, he and his wife gave $120,000 to Generosity Water, a charity “dedicated to ending the clean water crisis in developing countries, one community at a time.” He also texted with Charlie Sheen and helped raise another $100,000.