Sunday 22 October 2017

'John Malkovich saved my life': actor comes to bleeding pensioner's rescue

John Malkovich helped a man who had fallen and cut his neck badly in Toronto
John Malkovich helped a man who had fallen and cut his neck badly in Toronto

John Malkovich has been credited with saving an American tourist's life after coming to his rescue when the man fell and accidentally slit his own throat.

Jim Walpole, 77, said he had gone for a walk in Toronto on Thursday, where he was on a weekend bus tour, when he stumbled and fell against some scaffolding along his hotel wall. As he fell, he said, he cut his throat.

The holidaymaker, originally from Defiance, Ohio, said he started to yell for help, telling the Toronto Sun: "The blood was coming so fast".

Out of nowhere, he said, a man who was believed to have been having a cigarette at the side of the King Edward Hotel dashed up to him and started to press on his neck, saying he was trying to stop the bleeding.

Others soon appeared on the scene, with a hotel doorman dialling 911. The mysterious man kept the pressure on Mr Walpole's neck as they waited for an ambulance to arrive, he said.

As the paramedics took over, Mr Walpole said he asked the man's name. He told the Toronto Sun: "He said, 'My name is John and you are going to be all right'."

The man, according to the Toronto Sun, turned out to be John Malkovich, the 59-year-old two-time Academy Award-nominated actor, who was in Toronto performing at the Elgin Theatre in The Giacomo Variations.

Malkovich declined to comment on the Thursday night incident.

"I owe them all my life," Mr Walpole was quoted as saying. "But the first guy (Malkovich) really seemed to know what to do."

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