40 (passed away Nov. 30th, 2013)
Sep. 12th, 1973
Glendale, California, USA
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Paul William Walker IV (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, the crime thriller Running Scared and Takers.
Walker, 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, was born in Glendale, California. He was of Irish, English and German descent. His paternal grandfather was professional boxer "Irish Billy Walker". One of his grandfathers raced factory cars for Ford in the 1960s. 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. He was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After high school, Walker attended several community colleges in Southern California, majoring in marine biology.
Walker grew up active in sports like soccer and surfing, with brothers Cody and Caleb and sisters Ashlie and Amie. Some of his early TV work includes episodes of Charles in Charge, Highway to Heaven, Who's the Boss?, Touched by an Angel, and Diffrent Strokes. In 1986, Paul starred in the horror spoof Monster in the Closet and was featured on the TV series Throb (1986-87). 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 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 lived in Santa Barbara with his dogs. He and Rebecca McBrain, a one-time girlfriend, had a daughter who lived with her mother in Hawaii for 13 years and then moved to California to live with Walker in 2011. He held a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo "Franjinha" Miller at Paragon Jiu-Jitsu.
Walker's first passion was marine biology; he joined the Board of Directors of The Billfish Foundation in 2006. 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. He spent 11 days as part of the crew, catching and tagging 7 great white sharks off the coast of Mexico.
On November 30, 2013, at approximately 3:30 p.m. PST, Walker and friend Roger Rodas, age 38, left an event for Walker's charity Reach Out Worldwide for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in Rodas' red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. After leaving the event, the car crashed into a light pole and tree on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, after which the vehicle burst into flames. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department declared both victims dead at the scene. Rodas died of multiple traumatic injuries, while Walker died of the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries, according to the Los Angeles county coroner's office.
The curve where Walker and Rodas were killed is a popular spot for "drifting" cars. Investigators believe the car Walker was in reached at least 90 mph before the crash. Police also investigated as to whether drag racing played a role, but were unable to find evidence of a second car's involvement. Authorities determined that Rodas was driving the car, while Walker was the passenger.
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 Walker's family before determining what to do with the film. Numerous friends and movie stars have posted tributes to Walker on social media.