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'The Rocketeer'

Actor Saves 3 Men

After Boat Capsizes

9/13/2012 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0912-billy-campbell-gettyBilly Campbell -- who played the title role in the 1991 classic "The Rocketeer" -- is being hailed as a hero this week after rushing to the aid of three men whose boat had capsized at sea. 

TMZ has learned ... Billy was sailing his brand new schooner from Nova Scotia to Rhode Island when he noticed an overturned vessel floating in Buzzard's Bay, MA on Monday around 7:30 PM.

As Campbell sailed closer to the boat, he saw 3 men hanging on for dear life ... and immediately ordered his crew to pluck the men out of the water and bring them aboard.

The rescue was nothing short of miraculous -- because the capsized boat had no emergency lights ... and the men had no way to signal for help.

We're told all three men were treated for hypothermia ... but are otherwise OK. It's unclear how the boat capsized in the first place.

0912-billy-campbell-schoonerWe reached out to Billy for comment -- but his reps told us the actor is still at sea and therefor unavailable for comment.

BTW -- Campbell is still acting these days, currently starring in Matthew Lillard’s directorial debut “Fat Kid Rules the World."

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1.

Nostradamus    

The Rocketeer was a decent flick, but no way a 'classic.'

707 days ago
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RedwoodPerch    

So, lets get this straight. This dude and Simon Cowell INSTRUCT their crews to save lives and they get branded as the heroes? That's kind of like standing next to a burning car and waving down the fire truck.

707 days ago
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Spicy mag    

Where was he when Jennifer Conelly's breasts needed saving?

707 days ago
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Throwback kid    

The Rocketeer was a total flop at the box office and Billy's leading man career went down hill after that, but he is a solid actor, someone get this lantern jawed leading man a film project. Hollywood needs more real actors working and less reality show skanks wasting airtime on TV

707 days ago
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Maisie    

Huh? Billy Campbell is "still acting"?! Do you people not watch any TV? He starred on "The 4400" for several seasons a few years ago, and for the past two seasons he had a major role on "The Killing." He's been a journeyman actor for decades!

707 days ago
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Lily Daisy    

Billy is a hero and was certainly in the right place with his new schooner. Congrats to him and many good wishes for good luck for that schooner in the years ahead. Those three men are very lucky to be alive!

707 days ago
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tink981    

I love Billy Cambell and he is a great actor, but I wouldn't chose "The Rocketeer" to reference him as an actor. For me, he is better known as the abusive husband in J Lo's movie "Enough" and the TV series "Once and Again". A great show that got cancelled on me.

707 days ago
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706 days ago
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Amy     

Very cool!
He was also on a recent show called "The Killing"
I loved him on that!

706 days ago
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King Beef    

Billy Campbell is a badass. I loved him as Jordan Collier on "The 4400". He totally made that show. Too bad "The Rocketeer" pretty much ruined his career.

706 days ago
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vanessa    

you people need to embrace IMDB. it will help you all use CURRENT information to describe the celebrities you cover. Billy Campbell works a
ton- maybe check that **** out before you post.
DUH.

706 days ago
12.

DaveT    

Holy crapola Batman it's been 20 years since The Rocketeer came out!? Blinked my eyes two decades went by...

706 days ago
13.

ES420    

Was this copied and pasted from zap2it? How original.

706 days ago
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small asian penis    

I think what he did was admirable but not heroic. Good people stop and rescue others, that's what good people do. If you don't stop and help others in need or distress you're pretty much a horrible person.

706 days ago
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SueH    

Too bad you didn't get a comment.... He did a full phone interview with CBC (Canadians public radio) today. I guess you've been snubbed.

706 days ago
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