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I have done some extreme activities
involving parachuting, and scuba diving.
I have worked in a circus
taming lions, and juggling.

And even in my house, It keeps happening.
When cooking some food, if it catches fire,
I'll jump out of the window, but don't worry,
I have done this so many times already.

I also work in construction sites.
That's why I'm wearing an helmet.
Doing, once again, the dangerous stuff,
by manipulating the precious oil.

But in the end, all this work, all of my efforts
Everything would be in vain. Then I realized :
It's not the work itself that's worth it.
It's the entertainment of doing it.

By the way, my list of deeds doesn't stop here.
I whacked moles in my garden with hammers
and protected flowers with spray
to keep them from nasty bugs.

Can you guess who I am referring to ?

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    $\begingroup$ guess 'who', so is it a person's name you want? $\endgroup$ – David Glickman Aug 1 '16 at 13:58
  • $\begingroup$ I used "who" to designate a character, and not an inanimate object nor a concept. $\endgroup$ – Anton Aug 1 '16 at 14:00
  • $\begingroup$ Is that <!> intentional? $\endgroup$ – Mithical Aug 1 '16 at 14:33
  • $\begingroup$ I used that to separate the two yellow blocks. If you have a better way of doing so, you can edit. Either way, it isn't relevant to the riddle. $\endgroup$ – Anton Aug 1 '16 at 14:40
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You are

Mr. Game & Watch

I have done some extreme activities
involving parachuting, and scuba diving.
I have worked in a circus
taming lions, and juggling.

And even in my house, It keeps happening.
When cooking some food, if it catches fire,]
I'll jump out of the window, but don't worry,
I have done this so many times already.

I also work in construction sites.
That's why I'm wearing an helmet.
Doing, once again, the dangerous stuff,
by manipulating the precious oil.

But in the end, all this work, all of my efforts
Everything would be in vain. Then I realized :
It's not the work itself that's worth it.
It's the entertainment of doing it.

By the way, my list of deeds doesn't stop here.
I whacked moles in my garden with hammers
and protected flowers with spray
to keep them from nasty bugs
.

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  • $\begingroup$ I was about to post this myself. I knew seeing that pop up all the time in my searches had to mean something. $\endgroup$ – Nzall Aug 1 '16 at 15:01
  • $\begingroup$ I actually played some of the Game & Watch Galleries when i was younger. $\endgroup$ – The Dark Truth Aug 1 '16 at 15:03
  • $\begingroup$ The thing about vain efforts is that the score gets reset when switching the game off. $\endgroup$ – Anton Aug 1 '16 at 16:09
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Perhaps you mean

Charlie Chaplin

I have done some extreme activities involving parachuting, and scuba diving.

He wore a parachute hat in Great Dictator, and diving in Modern Times

I have worked in a circus taming lions, and juggling.

He tamed lions in Lion's Cage

And even in my house, It keeps happening. When cooking some food, if it catches fire, I'll jump out of the window, but don't worry, I have done this so many times already.

In City Lights, these things happen

I also work in construction sites. That's why I'm wearing an helmet.

Looking for movie where he is up on I-Beams

Doing, once again, the dangerous stuff, by manipulating the precious oil.

Another movie where he strikes oil

But in the end, all this work, all of my efforts Everything would be in vain.

In many movies he ends up just as destitute as when he began

Then I realized : It's not the work itself that's worth it. It's the entertainment of doing it.

He was a great entertainer

I will edit as I find more stuff to correct

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  • $\begingroup$ Since most of the clues were somewhat fitting (while not being the intended answer), I added 4 more lines. $\endgroup$ – Anton Aug 1 '16 at 14:39
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Are you

Travis Pastrana from Nitro Circus

I have done some extreme activities

He is known for doing extreme activities

involving parachuting, and scuba diving.

He jumped out of a plane without a parachute (but he surely must have done this with a parachute too?), dived 100ft underwater holding his breath

I have worked in a circus

Nitro Circus is an "action sport collective" led by Travis Pastrana

taming lions, and juggling.

He has performed these feats

And even in my house, It keeps happening. When cooking some food, if it catches fire, I'll jump out of the window, but don't worry, I have done this so many times already.

He has driven cars that have caught on fire (maybe doing donuts?) and jumped out of its window to escape it

I also work in construction sites. That's why I'm wearing an helmet. Doing, once again, the dangerous stuff, by manipulating the precious oil.

He wears a helmet as he rides motorcycles

But in the end, all this work, all of my efforts Everything would be in vain. Then I realized : It's not the work itself that's worth it. It's the entertainment of doing it.

His feats are a form of entertainment for people

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  • $\begingroup$ Not the right answer, but interesting nonetheless. The character has no relation with cars. $\endgroup$ – Anton Aug 1 '16 at 13:12
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I think it is

James Bond

I have done some extreme activities involving parachuting, and scuba diving.

James Bond did this in several movies

I have worked in a circus taming lions, and juggling.

In Octopussy is a scene in a circus.

And even in my house, It keeps happening. When cooking some food, if it catches fire,

I am not sure about this one, yet.

I'll jump out of the window, but don't worry, I have done this so many times already.

James Bond jumped out of many windows

I also work in construction sites. That's why I'm wearing an helmet. Doing, once again, the dangerous stuff, by manipulating the precious oil.

There are also some scenes destroying construction sites.

But in the end, all this work, all of my efforts Everything would be in vain. Then I realized : It's not the work itself that's worth it. It's the entertainment of doing it.

James Bond movies are entertaining.

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  • $\begingroup$ I'm trying to imagine Bond juggling or cooking ... that would be funny :D $\endgroup$ – Anton Aug 1 '16 at 14:32

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