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Crime-fighting LL Cool J joins list of 7 celebrity badasses

Paris Hilton and ex-boyfriend Cy Waits
Paris Hilton and ex-boyfriend Cy Waits
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Paris Hilton and ex-boyfriend Cy Waits
Nomar Garciaparra of the Los Angeles Dodgers signs autographs before the game against the Baltimore Orioles during Spring Training on March 12, 2007 at Ft. Lauderdale Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
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Paris Hilton and ex-boyfriend Cy Waits
Harrison Ford piloting a helicopter.
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Virgin founder Richard Branson's vacation home was on fire in August 2011. Inside was actress Kate Winslet. The star rescued Branson's 90-year-old mother from the burning house.
Paris Hilton and ex-boyfriend Cy Waits
Police handcuff a man suspected of trespassing at Paris Hilton's house.
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Paris Hilton and ex-boyfriend Cy Waits
Fighter Jon Jones poses after a press conference promoting UFC 146 at Philips Arena on February 16, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Paris Hilton and ex-boyfriend Cy Waits
LL Cool J arrives at the Staples Center for the 54th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California, February 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO Joe KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
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1. Knock You Out: LL Cool J attracted well-deserved attention this week when he successfully detained a burglary suspect on Wednesday morning inside his Studio City home until the police arrived. The rapper and actor battled with the alleged burglar leaving the suspect with a broken nose, jaw and ribs. But Cool James isn't the first celeb who faught crime — and won. Here's a short list of others who have made the streets safer.

2. She Goes On: "Titanic" star Kate Winslet was a guest in August 2011 in the multimillion dollar vacation home of Richard Branson on his private island when a fire broke out. When the Oscar-winning actress realized that Branson's 90-year-old mother was still in the flaming home, she ran in to rescue her. 

"We had a tropical storm with winds up to 90 mph," Branson, who was in a seperate house on the island, wrote on his blog. "A big lightning storm came around 4am and hit the house. My son Sam and nephew Jack rushed to the house and helped get everyone out and many thanks to Kate Winslet for helping to carry my 90 year old mum out of the main house to safety — she was wondering when a Director was going to shout CUT!"

3. Drive, He Said: Also last August of 2011, heartthrob and "Drive" star Ryan Gosling was caught on video by freelance photographer Valerie Alevea breaking up a street fight over a $10 painting.

"He took them to the corner and asked them what was going on.," Alevea told E! News. "The gentleman was like, 'He stole my painting'. So [Gosling] gave the guy a $20 and asked if it was settled. He took the money out of his pocket and said, 'If that's what you're fighting for, here you go.'"

4. Cry Uncle: Jon "Bones" Jones is the youngest world champion in UFC history, not the sort of gentleman you want to run across as you're stealing a woman's portable GPS system. In March 2011, however, a would-be thief picked the wrong block to commit a crime on. 

Jones explained via Twitter, naturally. "So while we were at the park today a crack head smashed this old lady's car window and took off running with her GPS just as we were pulling up," Jones tweeted. "Right away....Coach Wink goes after this guy. Without hesitation, Coach Jackson went after him...I was shocked and stood there for a second. Then I threw my phone down and went with my coaches. Before you know it, we're sprinting up a steep hill chasing after him. I turned the jets on....we caught the guy. We got the lady's GPS back. Our driver took a picture of Coach Jackson and I subduing the criminal." 

Small detail: Jones was mere hours away from entering the Octagon to challenge Mauricio “Shogun” Rua the light heavyweight title at UFC 128 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., that evening. So, needless to say, he was in great shape to run down the suspect.

5. He'll Always Have Paris: In August 2010 Paris Hilton was at her home in her palatial mansion when a man wielding two knives tried to break in at 6:30 a.m. At the time Hilton was dating Cy Waits, who was in the home with the model/actress. Waits brandished a gun on the suspect, Nathan Parada, and instructed him to lie on his stomach until police arrived.

Like any Angeleno with a cell phone, the heiress tweeted a photo of Parada and the police and wrote, "So Scary, just got woken up to a guy trying to break into my house holding 2 big knifes." Apparently Paris had her auto-correct turned off.

6. Nomar to the Rescue: Former baseball star Nomar Garciaparra was a wicked good shortstop during his playing days, but who knew he was a capable lifeguard? In October 2005 he and his uncle noticed that two women had fallen into Boston Harbor and appeared to be drowning.

"I swam towards them, and by the time I reached them, Nomar was already there holding the girls up," Normar's uncle Victor Garciappara told the Boston Herald. After the two men brought the women to safety, the first thing one of the women asked was: "Are you Nomar?" Victor recalled.

7. He Had a Bad Feeling: Two hikers attempting a five-hour hike in July of 2000 were stranded as they tried to climb Table Mountain in Wyoming. Harrison Ford just happens to have a  Bell 407 helicopter and has at home in nearby Jackson, Wyo. The "Star Wars" star landed his 'copter in a field and rescued Sarah George and Megan Freeman. George, who was sick (from the heat, altitude and dehydration), ended up getting sick in the action hero's whirlybird. "I can't believe I barfed in Harrison Ford's helicopter," George said after the ordeal was over.

Whom did we miss? Leave your celebrity tales of heroism in the comments below.