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John Malkovich: guardian angel

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TORONTO -- A 77 year old Ohio man says he'll be forever grateful to actor John Malkovich for coming to his rescue during a frightening incident in Toronto.

The Toronto Star reports Jim Walpole and his wife Marilyn, 79 were visiting the city on Thursday as part of a cross-Canada tour.

Walpole told the newspaper they'd just finished dinner at a downtown restaurant and were walking back to the King Edward hotel when he tripped and fell on a piece of scaffolding that gashed his neck.

As he lay on the sidewalk bleeding profusely, his frantic wife yelled for help.

Malkovich just happened to be standing nearby and Walpole says the acclaimed actor rushed to his aid, applying pressure to his wound to stop the flow of blood until paramedics arrived.

Walpole was stitched up at nearby St. Michaels Hospital and says doctors told him he could have been in real trouble had the gash been just a fraction of an inch longer.

Walpole said he didn't recognize his guardian angel at the time of his crisis and never got to personally thank him, but he added he definitely plans to check out some Malkovich movies.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 10, 2013 D2

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