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19 Celebrities People Find To Be Inspiring

Thanks to some celebrities who shall not be named (you know who they are), celebrities have a bad rep. 

They’ve been seen as self-absorbed, selfish, and completely out of touch with reality. Thankfully, a shining beacon of hope exists within these 19 celebs. They've done amazing things to help others.

Here are 19 celebs people find to be inspiring.

Betty White

Betty White
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We're still mourning the Golden Girls star's death. She was as iconic as they come, hilarious to the very end, and a friend to so many.

She was also a huge advocate for animals, which encouraged many to rise up and do the same.

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton
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"I loved her music when I was little, and always heard she was a sweet lady. However, I really gained respect for her when I went to Dollywood. 90% of the employees are elderly people, and as a person with a grandma who has continued working longer than need be simply because it gives her purpose, I loved seeing that." - u/MadamNarf

Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves
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This angel of a human being has proven that you can be famous and have tons of money and not be a jerk. Plus, all the stories Redditors have heard of him have been exceptionally positive. We love you, Keanu!

Michael J. Fox

"Had some setbacks, but keeps chugging forward with a positive attitude. He has also helped millions of people through his foundation. I met him this year and a Comic Book Convention and he was the nicest guy." - u/deleted

Obama

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It doesn't get more inspiring than the former President of the United States. This Redditor shared that Obama inspired him to do grassroots-level stuff, such as volunteering. Regardless of what your opinion of him is, there's no doubt that he cares about the world.

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith
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"Kevin smith is up there for me personally. Showed that straight up nerds can be “cool” too. Even now with his recent health changes (I’ve personally struggled with my self image and weight)." -u/BingingwithRaabish

Gary Sinise

He's the actor known for playing Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump. Since then, he's become known for all the work he's done to help military veterans. Through his Gary Sinise Foundation, he has served more than 639,530 meals to veterans and created more than 77 smart homes for wounded heroes.

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise
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"I know Tom Cruise is a bit of a wacko but he's a late 50s guy still fit as a fiddle, running around and doing his own stunts in movies. Also he's relatively short like me." - u/basonjourne98

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift
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Regardless of what you think of her, you can't deny that Taylor is talented.

After all the public scrutiny she went through, it was her documentary on Netflix that taught this Redditor that even the best people feel judged sometimes. This helped them feel less alone.

Bob Ross

Bob Ross
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"Not because of his painting, but because of his onscreen persona. He is really loveable and down to earth. He seems calm, open, not judgemental and overall just like a good fella." - u/Cowboy_Johnny

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson
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The actor is a true scholar of the highest regard! This has caused him to be an excellent educator who inspired people to want more. He has made being a "nerd" very cool.

Emma Watson

Emma Watson
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"She genuinely seems concerned with gender equality and concerned herself in a way that's responsible and productive. Not to mention she went to a prestigious university midst wrapping up the Harry Potter series and graduated with high honors. Smart cookie." - u/deleted

John Cena

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We have nothing but nice things to say about the wrestler-turned-actor. He has smashed records for fulfilling Make-A-Wish requests, making him the celeb who has fulfilled the most wishes. He's an inspiration to regular folks and celebs alike.

Aaron Paul

Aaron Paul with James Corden
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"He seems like such a down to earth guy. You can tell he really loves his fans and he's also super sweet when talking about his wife. He just seems like the kind of person who wants to make the world a better place." - u/THEsharkymiragical

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie
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Although her personal business with Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston has been highly-publicized in the news, you'll notice that it's never the actress starting the drama. She uses her platform to raise awareness for important causes instead and spends most of her free time volunteering.

Tom Hanks

"I couldn't give you a valid reason other than he just seems like an amazing person. Who doesn't love Tom Hanks!? I'm sure he could kick a baby and we would all forgive him." - u/littleM0TH

Dave Grohl

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Dave has done a lot for music. He was the drummer for Nirvana and the frontman and guitarist of the Foo Fighters. Even at 53, the musician is still rocking. He's also a great dad, hosts events for the community, and just seems like an all-around good guy.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt
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"In addition to being in big Hollywood movies, he also has a foot heavily in the independent scene with stuff like hitRECord, and just seems like a really down to earth guy." - u/186394

Gordon Ramsay

Gordan Ramsay
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Don't let his mean temper fool you! The famous chef is a huge softie. You can tell that he genuinely cares for the chefs he meets on his many shows. And one Redditor noted that he really takes the time to learn different cuisines from other cultures.

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