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From donating millions to taking a full time job, from giving away houses to singing for stranded passengers, here are ten times that celebrities shone brightest in 2015

1. Prince William Makes History by Taking a Job– AND Donating His Full Salary

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Britain’s Prince William became the first member of the Royal Family in direct succession to the throne to take a civilian job. The new Air Ambulance pilot is donating his £30,155 annual salary to charity, saying, “I feel doing a job like this really helps me to be grounded and that’s the core of what I’m trying to become.” (Full Story here…)

2. Tim McGraw Gives Mortgage-Free Homes to Dozens of Veterans

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Country singer Tim McGraw celebrated Independence Day by giving new homes to 36 American veterans. He’s been giving vets mortgage-free houses for three years now — well over 100 in total.

“I can honestly say that I got as much or more out of the experience than the veterans who received the new homes and assistance,” McGraw said. (Full Story here)

3. Robert Downy Jr. Comes to the Rescue of Bullied Seven-Year-old Boy

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When a little boy’s mom posted a social media message about her son pretending to be Iron Man to stop bullies, the actor who plays the superhero sprang into action.

Robert Downy, Jr. sent an online invitation with this photo asking Daniel Keyte if he’d like to be Downy’s guest at next year’s Hollywood premiere of “Captain America: Civil War.” (READ More here…)

4. Marty McFly and Doc Brown Emerge From DeLorean on Jimmy Kimmel Live

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It was deja vu all over again as the stars of “Back to the Future” showed up in a cloud of smoke from a DeLorean on October 21, 2015 — just like they did in the second film of the series.

Instead of Hill Valley, actors Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd materialized on the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live and reminded us of all the classic movie scenes about hover boards and time travel. Spend 10 minutes of your future and view the video here.

5. Jon Stewart Buys a Farm to Help Animal Victims of Cruelty

On the Daily Show, Jon Stewart showed some disdain for the worst practices of the livestock industry. Now he has turned that bit of biting comedy into rescuing animals and promoting healthier practices at home–on his newly purchased New Jersey farm.  (View Full Stories here, and here…)

6. LeBron James Pays for College Scholarships For 1,100 Students

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Basketball star LeBron James scored big with students when he gave full, four-year college scholarships to 1,100 students.

His foundation will cover tuition costs in Ohio for the seventh grade students after they have graduated high school– at a cost of $34,000 per student. (Full Story here…)

7. Dick Van Dyke Celebrates 90th Birthday, Busting a Move

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The legendary star still has his moves, recreating his “Mary Poppins” dance steps for a music video earlier this year.

Then, in December, his wife surprised him on his 90th birthday with a flash mob of chimney sweeps dancing to a medley of his “Mary Poppins” numbers. (Watch him lead the sing-along…)

8. Broadway Casts of Aladdin and Lion King Get Stuck at Same Airport, Have A Sing-Off

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When the casts of “The Lion King” and “Aladdin” ran into each other while both waited on delayed flights, they got into a sing-off.

Maybe the best musical showdown since the Sharks and the Jets from “West Side Story?” (Check out the video here…)

9. Oldest Jockey and First Latino Ever to Win Triple Crown Donates Winnings

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When Victor Espinoza rode into history aboard American Pharaoh, the first horse to win the Triple Crown in 37 years, he shared the winnings.

After becoming only the twelfth jockey — and first Latino — to claim Triple Crown glory, he donated his $80,000 prize money to City of Hope, a cancer research and treatment center.

10. Kirk Douglas Gives $15 Million to Build Alzheimer’s Center

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The star of “Spartacus” used his 99th birthday party to announce a $15 million donation to the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

The money will help pay for the Kirk Douglas Care Pavilion, which will be able to take care of up to 80 Alzheimer’s patients. (Full Story here…)

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