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Paul Walker
Paul Walker
Name
Paul William Walker IV
Birthplace
Glendale, California, U.S.
Birth date
(1973-09-12)September 12, 1973
Death place
Santa Clarita, California, U.S.
Died date
November 30, 2013(2013-11-30) (aged 40)
Occupation
Actor
Active Years
1984–2013


Paul William Walker IV (September 12, 1973 – November 30, 2013) was an American actor. He is best known for films such as She's All That, Varsity Blues, Into the Blue and The Fast and the Furious and the its sequels, reprising his role in the five others. The film Furious 7 was a tribute to him as he died during production of the film.


Early lifeEdit

Walker was born in Glendale, California, and was the son of Cheryl (née Crabtree), and Paul William Walker III. 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. After high school, Walker attended several community colleges in Southern California.


CareerEdit

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 year he starred in a commercial for Showbiz Pizza.[1] Walker's film career began in 1986, with the horror/comedy film Monster in the Closet. In 1987 he appeared in The Retaliator (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 reprise 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), Timeline (2003), and Into the Blue (2005). He had a supporting role in Clint Eastwood's adaptation of Flags of Our Fathers (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.[2] During the filming of Running Scared, director Wayne Kramer stated that "[Walker] is that guy on some level"[3] 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."[3]

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.[4] Walker then appeared in the crime drama Takers, which began filming in September 2008 and was released in August 2010.[5]

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.[6] 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). For this film, he won the 2014 MTV Movie Award as best on-screen duo, with Vin Diesel. He was part of an ensemble cast in Wayne Kramer's Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013), which was Walker's last film released 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 Furious 7, which was slated for release in July 2014. The film was completed by using his brothers Caleb and Cody as his body doubles/stand-ins, and CGI, and was released in April 2015.[7] Walker was also set to play Agent 47 in the video game adaptation Hitman: Agent 47, but died before production began.[8]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

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
1998 Meet the Deedles Phil Deedle
Pleasantville Skip Martin
1999 Varsity Blues Lance Harbor
She's All That Dean Sampson
Brokedown Palace Jason
2000 The Skulls Caleb Mandrake
2001 The Fast and the Furious Brian O'Conner
Joy Ride Lewis Thomas
2002 Life Makes Sense If You're Famous Mikey
2003 The Turbo Charged Prelude for 2 Fast 2 Furious Brian O'Conner Short film
2 Fast 2 Furious
Timeline Chris Johnston
2004 Noel Mike Riley
2005 Into the Blue Jared Cole
2006 Eight Below Jerry Shepard
Running Scared Joey Gazelle
Flags of Our Fathers Hank Hansen
2007 The Death and Life of Bobby Z Tim Kearney
Stories USA Mikey
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
Fast & Furious 6 Brian O'Conner
Pawn Shop Chronicles Raw Dog
Hours Nolan Hayes Posthumous release
2014 Brick Mansions Damien Collier
2015 Furious 7 Brian O'Conner

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1984, 1994 CBS Schoolbreak Special n/a, 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 7 episodes (+ 10 "credits only")
1996 Touched by an Angel Jonathan Episode: "Statute of Limitations"
2010 Shark Men Himself 3 episodes, aka Expedition Great White
2013 Shark Week Himself 1 episode

Music videosEdit

Year Artists Song Notes
1997 The Mighty Mighty Bosstones "Wrong Thing Right Then"
2003 Ludacris "Act a Fool"
2013 2 Chainz & Wiz Khalifa "We Own It" Archival footage
2015 Wiz Khalifa & Charlie Puth "See You Again" Archival footage

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2002 MTV Movie Award Best On-Screen Team (shared with Vin Diesel)
The Fast and the Furious
Won
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor – Action
Fast Five
Nominated
2013 Choice Movie: Chemistry (shared with Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson)
Fast & Furious 6
Nominated
2014 MTV Movie Award Best On-Screen Duo (shared with Vin Diesel) Won
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Action
Furious 7
Won
Choice Movie: Chemistry (shared with Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Dwayne Johnson, Ludacris) Nominated

ReferencesEdit

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