Paul Walker at the Fast & Furious premiere at Leicester Square.
|Born||Paul William Walker IV
September 12, 1973
Glendale, California, U.S.
Paul William Walker IV (born September 12, 1973) is an American actor. He became well known in 1999 after his role in the hit film Varsity Blues. However, he is perhaps best known for starring 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 also appears in the National Geographic Channel series Expedition Great White.
Walker was born in Glendale, California and raised in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles County, the son of Cheryl, a fashion model, and Paul Walker III, a sewer contractor. His ancestry includes Irish, English, and German. His paternal grandfather was a professional boxer, “Irish Billy Walker”. He is the oldest of five, having two brothers and two sisters. Walker was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He graduated from Village Christian School. After high school, he attended several community colleges, majoring in marine biology.
Walker's small-screen career began as a toddler, when he starred in a television commercial for Pampers. He began modeling at the age of 2 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. Also in 1985 he starred in a commercial for "Showbiz Pizza".
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!, finishing in second place. He continued with roles in several other movies without much success: it was not until 1998 that 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, Varsity Blues, She's All That, and The Skulls.
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, Into the Blue, and Timeline, and also had a supporting role in Clint Eastwood's 2006 adaptation of Flags of Our Fathers.
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. During the filming of Running Scared, director Wayne Kramer stated that "[Walker] is that guy on some level" 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."
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. Walker then appeared with T.I., Idris Elba, Chris Brown, Matt Dillon, and Hayden Christensen in the crime drama Takers, which began filming in early September 2008 and was released in August 2010.
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. 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).
Walker currently resides in the Santa Barbara, California, with his dogs, one of which is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. Paul and his then-girlfriend Rebecca have a daughter, Meadow (born on November 4, 1998), who has moved from Hawaii to California to be closer to Walker. He is an avid surfer and enjoys the beach. Walker holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo "Franjinha" Miller at Paragon Jiu-Jitsu.
Walker's first passion was marine biology, with his idol being Jacques Cousteau, and he joined the Board of Directors of The Billfish Foundation in 2006. He recently fulfilled a lifelong dream by starring in a National Geographic Channel series Expedition Great White, which premiered in June 2010. 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 take measurements, gather DNA samples, and fasten real-time satellite tags to the great white sharks. This will allow Dr. Michael Domeier to study migratory patterns especially those associated with mating and birthing over a 5-year period of time.
In March 2010, Walker went to Chile, specifically to Constitución, to offer his help and support to the people injured in the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck on February 27. He also flew with his humanitarian aid team, REACH OUT Worldwide, to Haiti to lend a helping hand to the 2010 Haiti earthquake victims. He is also an avid car enthusiast who currently competes in the Redline Time Attack racing series in which he races a M3 E92 and is on the AE Performance Team. His car is currently sponsored by Etnies, Brembo Brakes, Ohlins, Volk, OS Giken, Hankook, Gintani, and Reach Out Worldwide.
Walker has also owned a Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R V-Spec II, that was featured in 2 Fast 2 Furious, driven by his character Brian O'Conner. He had customized the car himself for the movie, and also did many stunts in the movie himself.
|1985||Highway to Heaven||Eric Travers||1 episode|
|1986||Highway to Heaven||Todd Bryant||2 episodes|
|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|
|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|
|1997||The Mighty Mighty Bosstones||Wrong Thing Right Then|
|2003||Ludacris||Act a Fool|
Awards and nominations
|1988||Young Artist Award||Best Young Actor – Guest Starring in a Television Drama
For episode "A Special Love"
|Highway to Heaven||Nominated|
|1994||Soap Opera Digest Award||Outstanding Male Newcomer||Nominated|
|Young Artist Award||Best Youth Actor in a Soap Opera||Nominated|
|2000||Young Hollywood Award||Exciting New Face – Male||Won|
|2001||Hollywood Breakthrough Award||Breakthrough Male Performance
Received at the Hollywood Film Festival
|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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