He is best known for his role as Brian O'Conner in the Fast & Furious franchise. Born(1973-09-12)September 12, 1973DiedNovember 30, 2013(2013-11-30) (aged 40)Cause of death Injuries sustained from single-vehicle collision Education Village Christian School OccupationActor Years active1984–2013Net worth$25 million (2014) Partner(s)Rebecca McBrainChildrenMeadow Rain Walker RelativesSignature Walker then starred in the commercially successful road thriller Joy Ride (2001), which led to a reputation as an action star.
This continued with his performances in box-office disappointments Into the Blue (2005) and Running Scared (2006). Walker also earned praise in other genres, like in the survival drama Eight Below, and for his portrayal of Hank Hansen the war film Flags of Our Fathers (both 2006).
Outside these, Walker then largely appeared in low budget action films, but starred in the commercially successful heist film Takers (2010). Walker died on November 30, 2013, at the age of 40 as a passenger in a single-car crash alongside friend and driver Roger Roads thought to be caused by driving into a gas pipe.
Walker's father and daughter filed separate wrongful death lawsuits against Porsche, which resulted in settlements. At the time of his death, Walker had not completed filming Furious 7 (2015), which was completed after rewrites and stand-ins, including his brothers Cody and Caleb, filled in for Walker.
The song See You Again by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Put was commissioned for the film's soundtrack as a tribute to Walker. Walker was born on September 12, 1973, in Glendale, California, to American parents with mostly English, as well as German, Swiss, and Irish ancestry.
His mother, Cheryl (née Crab tree), was a fashion model, and his father, Paul William Walker III, was a sewer contractor and former amateur boxer, who was a two-time Golden Gloves champion. Walker's paternal grandfather, William, had a short-lived boxing career as “Irish” Billy Walker, while another raced factory cars for Ford in the 1960s.
Walker began a modelling career as a toddler, starring in a television commercial for Pampers at age two. He continued to appear in commercials, most notably for Showbiz Pizza in 1984, before beginning an acting career on television that year, appearing in the teen anthology series CBS School break Special.
His first role was in the horror comedy Monster in the Closet, and a year later, starred The Retaliatory (retroactively subtitled Programmed to Kill), a science fiction film. In 1994, he returned to film, starring in Tammy and the T. rex, but secured his first feature film role in the comedy Meet the Needles in 1998; although commercially and critically unsuccessful, it allowed Walker to secure supporting roles in the films Pleasantville (1998), Varsity Blues (1999), She's All That (1999), and The Skulls (2000).
As a director, completely supportive of my vision of what the film is. In 2001, Walker's breakthrough role arrived when he starred opposite Vin Diesel in the action film The Fast and the Furious ; it was commercially successful, and subsequently launched a media franchise.
The film also established Walker as a film star and leading man, as his performance garnered the MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team (shared with Diesel) in 2002. Walker then reprised his role as Brian O'Conner in the 2003 sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious, and also starred in the critically successful thriller Joy Ride (2001).
After this, Walker starred mainly in either low-budget or commercially unsuccessful films, notably Timeline (2003) and Into the Blue (2005). Walker had a supporting role, portraying Hank Hansen Clint Eastwood's war film Flags of Our Fathers (2006), and starred in the survival drama 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 opening weekend. Walker then starred in the independent film The Lazarus Project, which was released on DVD on October 21, 2008.
Despite initial reluctance, Walker reprised his role as Brian O'Conner after seven years, in Fast & Furious (2009). He reprised his role in the fifth and sixth installments of the franchise, which were commercially successful, while his performances were praised.
In 2012, he founded the film production company Laguna Ridge Pictures, which signed a first-look deal with Fast & Furious distributor Universal Pictures. He also acted as executive producer on the film Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013), while Furious 7, originally slated for release in 2014, was pushed back to recreate Walker's likeness.
The filmmakers hired Peter Jackson's Wet Digital visual effects house to complete this, using existing reference materials, Walker's brothers Caleb and Cody, as well as actor John Brotherton, as stand-ins, and outtakes or older footage, to create an accurate remodel of Walker's face. The film was then released in 2015, and Walker won the award for Choice Movie Actor: Action at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards, and was nominated for Choice Movie: Chemistry (shared with Diesel, Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyree Gibson, and Ludicrous).
Walker was raised in a Mormon household, but later became a non-denominational Christian. He and Rebecca Voters, a one-time girlfriend, had a daughter named Meadow Rain Walker, who lived with her mother in Hawaii for 13 years and then moved to California to live with Walker in 2011.
Her godfather is Vin Diesel, with whom Walker shared a close bond; Diesel gave him the nickname “Pablo”, while Walker's mother referred to her son as Diesel's “other half”. Walker was also close friends with fellow Fast & Furious co-star Tyree Gibson.
At the time of his death, Walker was dating Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell. Walker had an interest in marine biology, and joined the board of directors of The Billfish Foundation in 2006.
He fulfilled a lifelong dream by starring in the National Geographic Channel series Expedition Great White (retroactively retitled Shark Men), which premiered in June 2010. Walker spent 11 days catching and tagging seven great white sharks off the coast of Mexico.
The expedition, led by Chris Fischer, founder and CEO of Fischer Productions, and Brett McBride and Michael Domain of the Marine Conservation Science Institute, took measurements, gathered DNA samples, and fastened real-time satellite tags to the great white sharks, in order to study migratory patterns, especially those associated with mating and birthing, over a five-year period. A car enthusiast, Walker competed in the Redline Time Attack racing series in which he raced on the AE Performance Team driving a BMW E92 M3.
His car was sponsored by Tries, Bremen Brakes, Online, Folk, OS Given, Han kook, Contain, and Reach Out Worldwide. Walker had been preparing for an auto show prior to his death.
Walker owned Always Evolving, a Valencia high-end vehicle performance shop, where Roads, a pro-am racer, acted as CEO. In January 2020, twenty-one vehicles owned by Walker were sold for a combined $2.33 million during spirited bidding at an annual car auction in Arizona.
Site of Walker's death on Hercules Street in Santa Clarita (photo taken on April 5, 2015)On November 30, 2013, at about 3:30 p.m. PST, Walker, 40, and Roger Roads, 38, left an event for Walker's charity Reach Out Worldwide for victims of Typhoon Hainan (Yolanda), with Roads driving his 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. In a 45 mph (72 km/h) speed zone on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, the car crashed into a concrete lamp post and two trees subsequently catching fire to the vehicle.
Roads died of multiple trauma while Walker died from the combined effects of trauma and burns. The curve where Walker and Roads died is a popular spot for drifting cars.
No alcohol or other drugs were found in either man's system, and neither mechanical failure nor road conditions appeared to play a role. Police found no evidence of drag racing.
Numerous friends and movie stars posted tributes to Walker on social media. His body was cremated and his ashes were buried in a non-denominational ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
His life was later chronicled in the documentary I Am Paul Walker, which was released on August 11, 2018. In December 2014, Walker's father filed a wrongful death claim against Roads' estate seeking the return of or “a proportionate share” of revenue generated by a group of automobiles that were jointly owned by both Walker and Roads.
In April 2016, U.S. District Court Judge Philip S. Gutierrez ruled in favor of Porsche in a separate lawsuit filed by Roads' widow Kristine. The ruling had no bearing on two other cases against Porsche which have been filed by Walker's father, who is also the executor of the actor's estate, and his daughter.
Walker's father and daughter both reached separate out-of-court settlements with Porsche. ^ a b “Paul Walker Leaves Entire $25 Million Estate to Daughter”.
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