August 28, 2014

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Ohio man says actor John Malkovich helped save his life

DEFIANCE — A tourist from northwest Ohio says actor John Malkovich played a starring role in coming to his rescue when he fell and gashed his throat on scaffolding in Toronto.

Seventy-seven-year-old Jim Walpole of Defiance fell Thursday in Toronto while on a trans-Canadian trip.

Walpole told the Toronto Star that Malkovich, who was appearing at a Toronto theater, applied pressure to slow the bleeding until medics arrived. The injury required 10 stitches.

Ben Quinn, whose family owns a restaurant near the scene, held Walpole’s head. He said by phone Monday that Malkovich “had everything under control” quickly, didn’t want any attention and called Walpole later to check on him.

Doctors told Walpole to have the injury checked again at home. A message seeking an update was left for him Monday.