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Highly-acclaimed actor John Malkovich is getting a standing ovation for helping save a bleeding Ohio man's life.

Malkovich has been in Toronto, starring in The Giacomo Variations at the Elgin Theatre.

On Thursday night, the CBC Toronto News reported a man from Ohio, 77-year-old Jim Walpole, and his wife, Marilyn, just finished a cross-Canada train trip.

The couple was reportedly headed back to a hotel from eating dinner when Jim tripped and fell, cutting his throat on scaffolding.

Jim's wife, who's a retired nurse, told the publication that it appeared as though her husband hit his jugular.

Marilyn began yelling for help and Malkovich answered the call, applying pressure to Jim's throat to stop the bleeding using his scarf.

A hotel employee called 911. The Walpoles admit they didn't know who Malkovich was but are now forever fans. They described the actor as a "gentleman and a compassionate person."

Jim was taken to the hospital where he got 10 stitches before being released.

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