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Fast & Furious Actor Paul Walker dies in California Car Crash

Paul Walker

1 December 2013: US actor Paul Walker, who starred in the Fast & Furious series of action films, has been killed in a car crash in California.
Walker, 40, was a passenger in a Porsche sports car driven by a friend – who also died – when it crashed north of Los Angeles.
Walker was said to be attending a charity event at the time.
He starred in all but one of the films in the Fast & Furious franchise, the sixth of which opened in May.

Paul Walker: Actor

Paul William Walker IV was an American actor. He became famous in 1999 after his role in the hit film Varsity Blues, but later garnered fame as Brian O’Conner in The Fast and the Furious film series. Wikipedia

Paul William Walker IV[1]

(September 12, 1973 – November 30, 2013) was an American actor. He became famous in 1999 after his role in the hit film Varsity Blues, but later garnered fame as Brian O’Conner in The Fast and the Furious film series. His other films include Eight Below, Into the Blue, She’s All That, and Takers. He appeared on the National Geographic Channel series Expedition Great White.

Early life

Walker, the son of Cheryl (née Crabtree), a fashion model, and Paul William Walker III, a sewer contractor, was born in Glendale, California, and raised in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles County.[2][3] He was of Irish, English, and German descent.[4] His paternal grandfather was professional boxer “Irish Billy Walker”.[5] Walker was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[2] He graduated from Village Christian School.[6][7] After high school, he attended several community colleges, majoring in marine biology.[6]

Career

Walker began his small screen career as a toddler, when he starred in a television commercial for Pampers. He began modeling at the age of two and began working on television shows in 1985, with roles in shows such as Highway to Heaven, Who’s the Boss?, The Young and the Restless, and Touched by an Angel. That same year, he starred in a commercial for Showbiz Pizza.[8] Walker’s film career began in 1986, with the horror/comedy film Monster in the Closet. He and his sister Ashlie were contestants on a 1988 episode of the game show I’m Telling!; they finished in second place. He continued with roles in several other movies without much success. In 1998, Walker made his feature film debut in the comedy Meet the Deedles, which finally gained him fame. This subsequently led to supporting roles in the movies Pleasantville (1998), Varsity Blues (1999), She’s All That (1999), and The Skulls (2000).

Paul Walker at a convention in 2006.

In 2001, Walker’s breakthrough role arrived when he starred opposite actor Vin Diesel in the successful action film The Fast and the Furious. The film established Walker as a notable film star and leading man and led to his reprisal of the role in the 2003 sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious. He continued his career with leading roles in films such as Joy Ride (2001), Into the Blue (2005), and Timeline (2003); he had a supporting role in Clint Eastwood‘s adaptation of Flags of Our Fathers (2006).

Walker then starred in the crime thriller Running Scared and Walt Disney PicturesEight Below, both released in 2006. Eight Below garnered critical-acclaim and opened in first place at the box office, grossing over US$20 million during its first weekend.[9] During the filming of Running Scared, director Wayne Kramer stated that “[Walker] is that guy on some level”[10] when comparing Walker with his character in the movie, Joey Gazelle. Kramer continued on to say that he “loved working with [Walker] because as a director he’s completely supportive of my vision of what the film is. And even better, he’s completely game for it.”[10]

Walker starred in the independent film The Lazarus Project, which was released on DVD on October 21, 2008. He subsequently returned to The Fast and the Furious franchise, reprising his role in Fast & Furious, which was released on April 3, 2009.[11] Walker then appeared in the crime drama Takers, which began filming in early September 2008 and was released in August 2010.[12]

The Coty Prestige fragrance brand Davidoff Cool Water for Men announced in January 2011 that Walker was going to be the new face of the brand as of July 2011.[13] He reprised his role in the fifth installment of The Fast and the Furious series, Fast Five (2011), and again in Fast & Furious 6 (2013). Upcoming films in which Walker starred or appeared due for release are Hours set for release in December 2013, and Brick Mansions, set for release in May 2014. He had been slated to return for the seventh installment Fast and Furious 7 slated for release in July 2014. He was also slated he was to play Agent 47 in the Hitman film adaptation.[14]

Personal life

Walker lived in Santa Barbara with his dogs.[2][15] He and Rebecca McBrain, a one-time girlfriend,[16] had a daughter[17] who lived with her mother in Hawaii for 13 years and then moved to California to live with Walker in 2011.[18] He held a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller at Paragon Jiu-Jitsu.[19]

Walker’s first passion was marine biology; he joined the Board of Directors of The Billfish Foundation in 2006.[20] He fulfilled a lifelong dream by starring in a National Geographic Channel series Expedition Great White, which premiered in June 2010.[21][22] He spent 11 days as part of the crew, catching and tagging 7 great white sharks off the coast of Mexico. The expedition, led by Chris Fischer, founder and CEO of Fischer Productions, along with Captain Brett McBride and Dr. Michael Domeier of the Marine Conservation Science Institute took measurements, gathered DNA samples, and fastened real-time satellite tags to the great white sharks. This allowed Dr. Domeier to study migratory patterns especially those associated with mating and birthing over a 5-year period of time.[23]

In March 2010, Walker went to Constitución, Chile to offer his help and support to the people injured in the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck on February 27. He flew with his humanitarian aid team, REACH OUT Worldwide, to Haiti to lend a helping hand to the 2010 Haiti earthquake victims.[24]

Paul Walker drove a Nissan Skyline in 2 Fast 2 Furious.

An avid car enthusiast, he competed in the Redline Time Attack racing series in which he raced a M3 E92 and was on the AE Performance Team. His car was sponsored by Etnies, Brembo Brakes, Ohlins, Volk, OS Giken, Hankook, Gintani, and Reach Out Worldwide.[25] Walker had been preparing for an auto show prior to his death.[26]

Death

On November 30, 2013, at approximately 3:30 p.m. PST, Walker and Roger Rodas,[27] age 38, left an event for Walker’s charity Reach Out Worldwide for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.[28][29] Shortly after leaving in Rodas’ red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, the driver lost control and crashed into a light pole and tree in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, and the vehicle burst into flames.[30][28][31][32]

Rodas was believed to be driving the car.[33] The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department declared the two dead at the scene.[30][34] Walker’s publicist, Ame van Iden, confirmed early reports of his death.[28] Rodas became friends with Walker after meeting at a race track. Rodas became Walker’s financial advisor in 2007 and helped to establish Reach Out Worldwide.[35] Rodas was the CEO of Always Evolving, a Valencia performance shop for high-end vehicles.[36] The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office stated that speed was a factor in the crash. Burned rubber and doughnut marks were found in figure 8 patterns on the road near the crash site, but it was not clear to officials if these were related to the crash.[28] Fast & Furious co-stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Sung Kang posted tributes to Walker on social media.[37]

Filmography

Film

Fast Five cast with Natalie Morales for NBC‘s Today Show.
Year Title Role Notes
1986 Monster in the Closet ‘Professor’ Bennett
1987 Programmed to Kill Jason
1994 Tammy and the T-Rex Michael
1998 Meet the Deedles Phil Deedle
1998 Pleasantville Skip Martin
1999 Varsity Blues Lance Harbor
1999 She’s All That Dean Sampson
1999 Brokedown Palace Jason Uncredited
2000 The Skulls Caleb Mandrake
2001 The Fast and the Furious Brian O’Conner
2001 Joy Ride Lewis Thomas
2002 Life Makes Sense If You’re Famous Mikey
2003 Turbo-Charged Prelude Brian O’Conner 6 minute short film introductory film for 2 Fast 2 Furious
2003 2 Fast 2 Furious Brian O’Conner
2003 Timeline Chris Johnston
2004 Noel Mike Riley
2005 Into the Blue Jared Cole
2006 Eight Below Jerry Shepard
2006 Running Scared Joey Gazelle
2006 Flags of Our Fathers Hank Hansen
2007 Stories USA Mikey
2007 The Death and Life of Bobby Z Tim Kearney
2008 The Lazarus Project Ben Garvey
2009 Fast & Furious Brian O’Conner
2010 Takers John Rahway
2011 Fast Five Brian O’Conner
2013 Vehicle 19 Michael Woods
2013 Fast & Furious 6 Brian O’Conner
2013 Hours Nolan To be released posthumously
2013 Pawn Shop Chronicles Raw Dog
2014 Brick Mansions Damien Post-production, to be released posthumously
2014 Fast & Furious 7 Brian O’Conner Filming

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Highway to Heaven Eric Travers 1 episode
1986 Highway to Heaven Todd Bryant 2 episodes
1986–1987 Throb Jeremy Beatty 23 episodes
1988 I’m Telling! Contestant 1 episode
1990 Charles in Charge Russell Davis 1 episode
1991 Who’s the Boss? Michael Haynes 1 episode
1992–1993 The Young and the Restless Brandon Collins
1994 CBS Schoolbreak Special Dill 1 episode
1994 The Boys Are Back Jesse Hansen Pilot episode
1996 Touched by an Angel Jonathan 1 episode
2013 Shark Week Himself 1 episode

Music videos

Year Artist Song
1997 The Mighty Mighty Bosstones “Wrong Thing Right Then”
2003 Ludacris Act a Fool

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Film/TV show Result
2000 Young Hollywood Award Exciting New Face – Male Won
2001 Hollywood Breakthrough Award Breakthrough Male Performance
Received at the Hollywood Film Festival
Won
Young Hollywood Award New Stylemaker – Male Won
2002 MTV Movie Award Best On-Screen Team
Shared with Vin Diesel
The Fast and the Furious Won
Breakthrough Male Performance Nominated
2003 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Chemistry
For Paul Walker and his car
2 Fast 2 Furious Won
2009 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor: Action Adventure Fast & Furious Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Actor: Action Adventure Fast Five Nominated

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Paul Walker at the Fast & Furious premiere at ...

Paul Walker at the Fast & Furious premiere at Leicester Square. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Paul Walker

Paul Walker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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