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Actor John Malkovich saves Defiance man from bleeding to death

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Actor John Malkovich came to the rescue of an Ohio man who fell into a Toronto street and cut his neck on a scaffolding pole outside of his hotel.

Jim Walpole and his wife Marilyn, of Defiance, Ohio, were visiting Toronto on the last leg of their cross-Canada train trip when Walpole stubbed his toe and fell into the street on their way back from dinner at P.J. O'Brien's on Thursday evening.

Walpole, 77, told ABC News that he was unable to catch himself once he tripped outside the King Edward Hotel, where he and his wife were staying in downtown Toronto.

"My neck hit the scaffolding pole and there was a sharp thing sticking out on the bottom," he said. "My neck hit the thing that sticks out and tore it. I was really bleeding."

While Walpole's wife is a trained nurse, she was so shaken by what had transpired that she "forgot all her nursing stuff," he said.

"But two gentleman, I don't know where they came from, came to my aid," Walpole said. "They knew exactly what to do."

Walpole said the two men put pressure on his neck gash with a towel until the paramedics arrived, and helped to keep his wife calm.

Walpole said he asked the two men their names as they helped tend to his wound. Malkovich told him his name was John, he said. The other man told him his name was Ben.

He later found out he had been rescued by actor John Malkovich and Ben Quinn, the restaurateur who owns P.J. O'Brien's, among other establishments in the city.

Once an ambulance arrived, Walpole was taken to the emergency room at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto and was treated right away. He said he broke his left ring finger and received 10 stitches in his neck from the fall.

"The emergency room doctor said if [the cut] had been another eighth of an inch, I would have been in real trouble," he said. "It would have gotten into a main artery."

Walpole said he didn't recognize Malkovich as he tended to his wound. When he later learned who helped him, he only remembered the actor, who is in Toronto starring in the play "The Giacomo Variations," from his role in "Secretariat."

"Believe me, I'm going to be watching all of [his films] now," he said.

Walpole said he spent Friday recovering in the hospital, and he and his wife had to miss their tour group's scheduled trip to Niagara Falls.

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