Paul Walker was an American actor, model and philanthropist, best known for his portrayal of the character Brian O’Conner in The Fast and the Furious movie series.
Full Name: Paul William Walker IV
Born: September 12, 1973, Glendale, California, U.S.
Parents: Cheryl Walker (Mother), Paul Walker III (Father)
Siblings: Caleb Walker, Ashlie Walker, Cody Walker, Amie Walker
Education: Sun Valley Village Christian School
Occupation: Actor/Model/ Philanthropist
Children: Meadow Rain Walker
Key Achievements: Acted in major motion pictures like The Fast and the Furious, Into the Blue, Joy Ride, Takers, Eight Below.
Died: November 30, 2013 (aged 40), Santa Clarita, California, U.S.
Paul Walker is most remembered for his portrayal of Brian O’Conner, a character in the hit movie franchise The Fast and the Furious. However, Paul Walker and the way he lived cannot be limited to that alone. Apart from being a successful actor and model, he was also a doting dad to his daughter Meadow and an all out philanthropist, who gave his all to support victims of natural disasters.
Birth, Family and Education
Paul Walker, shortened from Paul William Walker IV, was born to mother Cheryl Walker and father Paul Walker III, on September 12, 1973. His father Paul Walker III was a sewer contractor in Glendale, California, USA, the place of Paul Walker’s birth. He was the oldest of five siblings, which included two younger brothers named Caleb Walker and Cody Walker, and two younger sisters named Ashlie Walker and Amie Walker. Belonging to a mix of English, German and possibly Irish ancestry, Paul attended the Village Christian High School in San Fernando Valley of California. Later, Walker went to several community colleges in Southern California, to graduate in Marine Biology.
Walker began acting when he was a toddler. He appeared in the television commercial for Pampers, the baby products brand of Procter and Gamble. In 1985, he went on do multiple roles in television shows such as Highway to Heaven, Who's the Boss?, The Young and the Restless, and Touched by an Angel. He pursued acting on television shows and modeling for the following years, until he landed a role in his debut feature film, which was Meet the Deedles in 1998.
After this movie, Walker gained enough fame to be casted for supporting roles in movies such as Pleasantville (1998), Varsity Blues (1999), She's All That (1999), and The Skulls (2000). The year 2001 proved to be the turning point in Paul Walker’s career, as he starred as one of the leads in The Fast and the Furious, the first movie of the highly successful franchise. The film established Paul as a lead actor, which led to his second outing as Brian O’Conner in the franchise’s 2003 sequel: 2 Fast 2 Furious. Following this film’s success, Walker appeared as the lead in hit movies such as Joy Ride (2001), Into the Blue (2005), Timeline (2003), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Running Scared (2006), and Eight Below (2006). Meanwhile, Walker also reprised his role of Brian O’Conner in the fourth, fifth and sixth installments of the Fast and the Furious movie series titled: Fast & Furious (2009), Fast Five (2011), and Fast & Furious 6 (2013). Paul was filming The Fast and the Furious 7 (2015), at the time of his death.
When not working in the movies, Paul liked to spend time with his family, especially his daughter Meadow Rain Walker, whom he shared with his one-time girlfriend Rebecca Soteros. He was best friends with actor Tyrese Gibson, who starred alongside Walker in 2 Fast 2 Furious. He also liked to work out, and was a keen martial arts enthusiast. He learnt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and was awarded a black belt in it posthumously. Besides these interests, Paul, already a graduate in Marine Biology, had an ardent desire to go on an underwater expedition. He got his chance to do this as part of the National Geographic Channel crew, who were working on Expedition Great White (later re-titled as Shark Men), which featured the process of catching and tagging 7 great white sharks off the coast of Mexico.
Paul Walker had also set up his very own charitable organization, called as Reach Out World Wide (ROWW). The organization provided aid and financial support to the victims of natural disasters such as typhoons, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, etc. Much like his on-screen character Brian O’Conner, Paul Walker too was a racing fanatic. He had a fetish for sports cars and even owned some of them that de drove in the movies. He had also competed in the Redline Time Attack racing series in which he raced an M3 E92, and was on the AE Performance Team.
Paul Walker died in what was described by tabloids as a freak car accident on November 30, 2013, in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California. Walker was the passenger in the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT, which was driven by his good friend Roger Rodas, who also died in the same accident. The coroner’s report established that there was no influence of alcohol or drugs in the bodies of two men, there were no technical problems with the car, there was no racing involved as well, and the street didn’t have any damage to its surface. Since there were no leads to a particular cause of accident, the deaths have been declared as purely accidental. Paul Walker’s role in his last movie The Fast and Furious 7, would be written out in the remaining scenes of the film. Paul is survived by his only daughter Meadow.