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Paul Walker
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Paul Walker in March 2009 at the Fast & Furious premiere in London's Leicester Square
Born Paul William Walker IV
(1973-09-12)September 12, 1973[1]
Glendale, California, U.S.
Died November 30, 2013(2013-11-30) (aged 40)
Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Injuries sustained from single-vehicle accident
Education Village Christian School
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986–2013
Religion Christianity[2]
Children 1
Website
www.paulwalker.com

Paul William Walker IV [3] (September 12, 1973 – November 30, 2013) was an American actor. He began his early career guest-starring in several television shows such as The Young and the Restless and Touched by an Angel. Walker gained prominence with breakout roles in coming-of-age and teen films such as She's All That and Varsity Blues. In 2001, Walker gained international fame for playing Brian O'Conner, one of the lead protagonists in the street racing action film The Fast and the Furious, and would reprise the role in its sequels. He was also in films such as Eight Below, Into the Blue, Joy Ride and Takers.

Outside of acting, Walker was the face of The Coty Prestige fragrance brand Davidoff Cool Water for Men and starred in the National Geographic Channel series, Expedition Great White. He also founded his own charity, Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW), an organization providing relief efforts for areas affected by natural disasters.

Walker died in a single-car accident on November 30, 2013 alongside friend Roger Rodas. His films Hours and Brick Mansions were released posthumously and his final film Fast & Furious 7 is scheduled to be released on April 3, 2015.

Early life and education[edit]

Walker was born in Glendale, California, and was the son of Cheryl (née Crabtree), a fashion model, and Paul William Walker III, a sewer contractor and a fighter who was a two-time Golden Gloves champion[4][5][6] His ancestry was mostly English, with a smaller amount of German. His paternal grandfather, a professional boxer, had English immigrant grandparents.[7][8][9] One of his grandfathers raced factory cars for Ford in the 1960s.[4] The oldest of five siblings, Walker was raised primarily in the Sunland community of Los Angeles and attended high school in the San Fernando Valley, graduating from Sun Valley's Village Christian School in 1991.[10][11] He was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[5] After high school, Walker attended several community colleges in Southern California, majoring in marine biology.[12]

Career[edit]

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.[13] Walker's film career began in 1986, with the horror/comedy film Monster in the Closet. In 1987 he appeared in The Retailiator (aka Programmed to Kill), a low budget cyborg action film, with Robert Ginty. He and his sister Ashlie were contestants on a 1988 episode of the game show I'm Telling!; they finished in second place. In 1993 he played Brandon Collins on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless. He and his co-star Heather Tom, who played Victoria Newman, were nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a soap opera at the Youth in Film Awards. 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).

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 first film in the franchise. 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 at a convention in February 2006

Walker then starred in the crime thriller Running Scared and Walt Disney Pictures' Eight 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.[14] During the filming of Running Scared, director Wayne Kramer stated that "[Walker] is that guy on some level"[15] 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."[15]

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.[16] Walker then appeared in the crime drama Takers, which began filming in early September 2008 and was released in August 2010.[17]

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.[18] 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). He was part of an ensemble cast for Wayne Kramer's Pawn Shop Chronicles which was Walker's last film release before his death.

Shortly after his death, the Hurricane Katrina based film Hours, which he had completed earlier in 2013, was released on December 13, 2013. He had also completed the action film Brick Mansions, a remake of the French film District 13, which was released in April 2014. At the time of his death, Walker had been filming Fast & Furious 7, which was slated for release in July 2014. The film will now be completed by using his brothers Caleb and Cody as his body doubles/stand-ins and CGI with a projected release date in April 2015.[19][20][21] He was also set to play Agent 47 in the Hitman film adaptation but died before production began.[22] With Vin Diesel he won the 2014 MTV Movie Award as the best on-screen duo.

Personal life[edit]

From left: Dwayne Johnson, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, Vin Diesel, and Walker with Natalie Morales for NBC's Today Show. Walker shared close friendships with his Fast & Furious cast mates.

Walker lived in Santa Barbara with his dogs.[5][23] He and Rebecca Soteros,[24] a one-time girlfriend, have a daughter named Meadow Walker,[25] who lived with her mother in Hawaii for 13 years and then moved to California to live with Walker in 2011.[26] He previously dated Jasmine Gosnell.[27]

He held a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Ricardo "Franjinha" Miller at Paragon Jiu-Jitsu[28] and was awarded with his black belt by Miller posthumously.[29]

Walker's first passion was marine biology; he joined the Board of Directors of The Billfish Foundation in 2006.[30] He fulfilled a lifelong dream by starring in a National Geographic Channel series Expedition Great White (later retitled Shark Men), which premiered in June 2010.[31][32] 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.[33]

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.[34]

An avid car enthusiast, he competed in the Redline Time Attack racing series in which he raced an 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.[35] Walker had been preparing for an auto show prior to his death.[36]

Roger Rodas became Walker's financial adviser in 2007 and helped to establish Reach Out Worldwide.[37] Rodas was the CEO of Always Evolving, a Valencia high-end vehicle performance shop owned by Walker.[38]

Walker was best friends with his The Fast and the Furious co-star Tyrese Gibson.[39][40][41]

Vin Diesel considered Walker to be his brother, both on and offscreen, and affectionately called him 'Pablo'.[42] Walker's mother referred to her son as Diesel's 'other half.'[43]

Toward the end of his life, Walker became a non-denominational Christian.[2]

Death[edit]

On November 30, 2013, at approximately 3:30 p.m. PST, Walker and friend Roger Rodas, age 38, a pro-am racer[44] who worked as Walker's financial adviser,[45] left an event for Walker's charity Reach Out Worldwide for victims of Typhoon Haiyan[46][47] in Rodas's red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. The car crashed into a concrete light pole and two trees on Hercules Street, a 45 mph speed zone near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, after which the vehicle burst into flames. The crash was caught on film by a security camera.[46][48][49][50][51] Authorities determined that Rodas was driving the car, while Walker was the passenger.[52] The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department declared both victims dead at the scene.[49][53] Rodas died of multiple traumatic injuries, while Walker died from the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries, according to the Los Angeles county coroner's office. Both of their bodies were burned beyond recognition.[52]

The curve where Walker and Rodas were killed is a popular spot for drifting cars.[54] The coroner's report stated that the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT was traveling at a speed possibly as high as 100 miles per hour (160 km/h) before the crash. The coroner's report further stated that no alcohol or other drugs were found in the systems of either man.[55] Furthermore, it states that there were no hints of technical problems with the car and neither a damaged surface of the street nor parts on the street played a role in the accident.[56] Police investigated as to whether drag racing played a role, but were unable to find evidence of a second car's involvement.[57] A piece of the car was stolen off the tow truck as the wreckage was towed away on a flatbed. Two men, Jameson Brooks Witty and Anthony Janow,[58] were arrested for grand theft.[59] Walker's autopsy showed "scant soot" in his trachea, leading investigators to believe he died before the car caught fire, where Rodas was killed by head, neck, and chest trauma.[58][60]

In March 2014, further investigation revealed that the speed of the car was the lone reason for the crash. The car was said to be traveling between 80 miles per hour (130 km/h) and 93 miles per hour (150 km/h), and had nine-year-old tires that were seldom driven on.[60]

With Fast & Furious 7 in the middle of filming at the time of Walker's death, Universal announced an indeterminate hiatus on the production, citing a desire to speak with his family before determining what to do with the film.[61]

Numerous friends and movie stars have posted tributes to Walker on social media.[62] Two weeks after his death, Walker's ashes were buried in a non-denominational ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills.[63]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Monster in the Closet Professor Bennett
1987 Programmed to Kill Jason credited as Paul W. Walker
1994 Tammy and the T-Rex Michael
1996 Touched by an Angel Jonathan
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
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
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 Pawn Shop Chronicles Raw Dog
2013 Hours Nolan Hayes Released two weeks after Walker's death
2014 Brick Mansions Damien Collier Released five months after Walker's death
2015[64] Fast & Furious 7 Brian O'Conner Finished posthumously; Walker's last appearance in film

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1984-1994 CBS Schoolbreak Special Dill Episodes: "Dead Wrong: The John Evans Story" and "Love in the Dark Ages"
1985-1986 Highway to Heaven Todd Bryant/Eric Travers Episodes: "Birds of a Feather" and "A Special Love" (Parts 1 & 2)
1987 Throb Jeremy Beatty 23 episodes
1990 Charles in Charge Russell Davis Episode: "Dead Puck Society"
1991 Who's the Boss? Michael Haynes Episode: "You Can Go Home Again"
1991 What a Dummy Rick Episode: "Bringing Up Baby"
1992 The Young and the Restless Brandon Collins
2010 Shark Men Himself 3 episodes
2013 Shark Week Himself 1 episode

Music videos[edit]

Year Artist Song
1997 The Mighty Mighty Bosstones "Wrong Thing Right Then"
2003 Ludacris "Act a Fool"
2013 2 Chainz "We Own It"

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