Many celebrities are vacuous, vain, and egotistical, focusing solely on themselves. It's almost become a given that the famous and wealthy don't care about the people who work for them or the rest of the world. There are some people, however, who make excellent use of their wealth and influence.

Now, a celebrity should find it simple to give back because they don't stand to lose much in the process. However, doing well when you have the means is a rarer occurrence than it should be. Because of this, we notice when a well-known individual donates a portion of their earnings to help others, fight for equality, or save the planet.

Empathy is less common than it should be in Hollywood, so when it does appear, most people are taken aback.

So bring the popcorn and a big gulp of your beverage of choice because here's a list of 15 actors, authors, artists, and filmmakers who used their wealth and position to make the world a better place.

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