Heroes in Hard Times 2009

Hollywood's Heroes

Whether it's dishing out food to the homeless or campaigning for children, Hollywood's A-List – Brad, Oprah, Leo, George and more – take time to give back. By Cara Lynn Shultz

LL COOL J

Ladies – and kids – love "Cool James," who read the book The Story of Ferdinand to children during a taping of NBC's Today show to kick off Jumpstart's "Read for the Record" campaign. " I was raised in a family of teachers and readers – we had a house full of books," the rapper said. "Reading is the only way to ensure a fulfilling and rich life. It fuels your imagination."