Like most people, celebrities who donated kidneys had to be a perfect match for the recipient or else the organ could be rejected. This used to be a huge problem, but doctors can now do tests to see if a donor will be compatible for giving a kidney.
The most common type of organ transplant is kidney donation because kidneys are relatively easy to donate. (Check out this list of Famous Kidney Transplant Recipients). People are usually born with two kidneys and are able to recover relatively quickly if they donate theirs. Use this list as a reference to see which famous people have donated their organs.
See also: Celebrities Who Have Received Organ Transplants
Dick Cass, President of the Baltimore Ravens football team, donated his kidney to a friend from law school.
Birthplace: Washington^! D.C., United States of Americasee more on Dick Cass
After her death from a skiing accident in 2009, actress Natasha Richardson's heart, liver, and kidneys to other people.
Age: Died at 46 (1963-2009)
Birthplace: England, London
Credits: The Parent Trap, Maid in Manhattan, Nell, The White Countesssee more on Natasha Richardson
In 1986, U.S. Senator and Space Shuttle specialist Jake Garn donated a kidney to his daughter, Susan, who is diabetic.
Birthplace: Richfield, Utah, United States of America
Profession: Pilot, Politician, Astronautsee more on Jake Garn
After his accidental death on the set of the 1984 CBS series "Cover Up," American model and actor Jon-Erik Hexum's organs saved and improved the lives of many people: a 36 year-old man (heart), a 5 year-old boy (kidney), a 43 year-old woman (kidney), a 66 year-old man (cornea), a young girl (cornea), and a 3 year-old boy (skin).
Age: Died at 27 (1957-1984)
Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey, USA
Profession: Model, Actor
Credits: Voyagers!, Cover Up, Making of a Male Model, The Bearsee more on Jon-Erik Hexum