Generous Gyllenhall pays up parking meters12/04/2012 - 16:12:57
Jake Gyllenhall has reportedly been spotted topping up the parking meters of nearby cars to stop the drivers getting a ticket.
The kind-hearted 'Brokeback Mountain' star apparently fed his spare change into the strangers' machines after spotting an oncoming traffic warden in Los Angeles.
A source told America's Star magazine: "Jake was shopping in Beverly Hills and noticed a few parking meters were about to expire. And he saw that the parking enforcers were standing right there, waiting to issue tickets when they ran out."
Raised by a Christian father and a Jewish mother, the generous 31-year-old actor - who is believed to be worth around $60m (€48m) - learned about kindness at a young age when he was forced to volunteer for charity work.
He said: "On my 13th birthday, they thought it was important for me to experience a rite of passage, an entrance into manhood, and the consensus was that we would do something for the good of the community, some charitable work - a barmitzvah-like act, without the typical trappings.
"So we went to a homeless shelter and we did some work there and then I had the party - the celebration - there."