Paul William Walker IV (September 12, 1973 - November 30, 2013) was an American actor. Walker began his early career guest-starring in several television shows such as The Young and the Restless and Touched by an Angel. He would then gain prominence with breakout roles in coming-of-age and teen films such as She's All That and Varsity Blues. In 2001, Walker gained international fame for playing Brian O'Conner, one of the lead protagonists in the street racing action film The Fast and the Furious, and would reprise the role in its additional sequels. He also branched out in various films such as Eight Below, Into the Blue, Joy Ride and Takers. Outside of acting, Walker was the face of The Coty Prestige fragrance brand Davidoff Cool Water for Men and starred in the National Geographic Channel series, Expedition Great White. He also founded his own charity, Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW), an organization providing relief efforts for areas affected by natural disasters. Walker died in a single car-accident on November 30, 2013 alongside friend Roger Rodas. His films Hours and Brick Mansions were released posthumously and his final film Fast & Furious 7 is slated to be released on April 10, 2015. Early life and education: 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. His ancestry was mostly English, with a smaller amount of German, and possibly Irish. His paternal grandfather, a professional boxer, had English immigrant grandparents. 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. Career: 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 same year, 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!; 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 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 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 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). Shortly after Walker's death, Hours, which he had completed earlier in 2013, was released on December 13, 2013. He had also completed filming Brick Mansions, a remake of District 13, which is set for release in April 2014. At the time of his death, Walker had been filming Fast & Furious 7, which was slated for release in July 2014. The film will now be completed by using body doubles and CGI and release in April 2015. He was also set to play Agent 47 in the Hitman film adaptation but died before production began. Personal life: Walker lived in Santa Barbara with his dogs. He and Rebecca Soteros, a one-time girlfriend, have a daughter named Meadow, 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 and was awarded with his black belt by Miller posthumously. 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. 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 took measurements, gathered DNA samples, and fastened real-time satellite tags to the great white sharks. This allowed Dr. 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 Constitución, Chile to offer his help and support to the people injured in the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck on February 27. He flew with his humanitarian aid team, Reach Out Worldwide, to Haiti to lend a helping hand to the 2010 Haiti earthquake victims. An avid car enthusiast, he competed in the Redline Time Attack racing series in which he raced an M3 E92 and was on the AE Performance Team. His car was sponsored by Etnies, Brembo Brakes, Ohlins, Volk, OS Giken, Hankook, Gintani, and Reach Out Worldwide. Walker had been preparing for an auto show prior to his death. Roger Rodas became Walker's financial adviser in 2007 and helped to establish Reach Out Worldwide. Rodas was the CEO of Always Evolving, a Valencia high-end vehicle performance shop owned by Walker. Walker was best friends with his The Fast and the Furious co-star Tyrese Gibson. Toward the end of his life, Walker became a Christian. Death: On November 30, 2013, at approximately 3:30 p.m. PST, Walker and friend Roger Rodas, age 38, a former professional racer and who worked as Walker's financial adviser left an event for Walker's charity Reach Out Worldwide for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in Rodas' red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. The car crashed into a concrete light pole and two trees on Hercules Street, a 45 mph speed zone near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, after which the vehicle burst into flames. The crash was caught on film by a security camera. Authorities determined that Rodas was driving the car, while Walker was the passenger. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department declared both victims dead at the scene. Rodas died of multiple traumatic injuries, while Walker died from the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries, according to the Los Angeles county coroner's office. Both of their bodies were burned beyond recognition. The curve where Walker and Rodas were killed is a popular spot for drifting cars. The coroner's report stated that the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT may have been traveling at speeds up to 100 miles per hour (160 km/h) before the crash. The coroner's report further stated that no alcohol or drugs were found in the systems of either man. Furthermore, it states that there were no hints on technical problems with the car and neither a damaged surface of the street nor parts on the street played a role in the accident. Police investigated as to whether drag racing played a role, but were unable to find evidence of a second car's involvement. A piece of the car was stolen off the tow truck as the wreckage was towed away on a flatbed. Two men, Jameson Brooks Witty and Anthony Janow, were arrested for grand theft. Walker's autopsy showed "scant soot" in his trachea, leading investigators to believe he died before the car caught fire, where Rodas was killed by head, neck, and chest trauma. In March 2014, further investigation revealed that the speed of the car was the lone reason for the crash. The car was said to be traveling between 80 miles per hour (130 km/h) and 93 miles per hour (150 km/h), and had nine-year-old tires that were seldom driven on. 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 his family before determining what to do with the film. His brother, Cody Walker, was asked to be the stand-in to complete this film. Numerous friends and movie stars have posted tributes to Walker on social media. Two weeks after his death, Walker's ashes were buried in a non-denominational ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Hollywood Hills, in the Courts of Liberty, Gardens of Heritage, Lot 393 (34°08′39″N 118°18′58″W / 34.14413°N 118.31614°W / 34.14413; -118.31614). Filmography: Film: Year Title Role Notes 1986 Monster in the Closet Professor Bennett 1987 Programmed to Kill Jason 1994 Tammy and the T-Rex Michael 1998 Meet the Deedles Phil Deedle 1998 Pleasantville Skip Martin 1999 Varsity Blues Lance Harbor 1999 She's All That Dean Sampson 1999 Brokedown Palace Jason Uncredited 2000 The Skulls Caleb Mandrake 2001 The Fast and the Furious Brian O'Conner 2001 Joy Ride Lewis Thomas 2002 Life Makes Sense If You're Famous Mikey 2003 Turbo-Charged Prelude Brian O'Conner Short introductory film for 2 Fast 2 Furious 2003 2 Fast 2 Furious Brian O'Conner 2003 Timeline Chris Johnston 2004 Noel Mike Riley 2005 Into the Blue Jared Cole 2006 Eight Below Jerry Shepard 2006 Running Scared Joey Gazelle 2006 Flags of Our Fathers Hank Hansen 2007 Stories USA Mikey 2007 The Death and Life of Bobby Z Tim Kearney 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 2013 Fast & Furious 6 Brian O'Conner 2013 Pawn Shop Chronicles Raw Dog 2013 Hours Nolan 2014 Brick Mansions Damien 2015 Fast & Furious 7 Brian O'Conner Had not finished filming his scenes at time of death Television: Year Title Role Notes 1985 Highway to Heaven Eric Travers 1 episode 1986 Highway to Heaven Todd Bryant 2 episodes 1986-1987 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 1992-1993 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 2010 Shark Men Himself 3 episodes 2013 Shark Week Himself 1 episode Music videos: Year Artist Song 1997 The Mighty Mighty Bosstones "Wrong Thing Right Then" 2003 Ludacris "Act a Fool" 2013 2 Chainz "We Own It" Awards and nominations: Year Award Category Film/TV show Result 1993 The Youth in Film Awards Outstanding Lead Actor Nominated 2000 Young Hollywood Award Exciting New Face - Male Nominated 2001 Hollywood Breakthrough Award Breakthrough Male Performance Won 2001 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 2002 MTV Movie Award Breakthrough Male Performance The Fast and the Furious 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 2014 MTV Movie Award Best On-Screen Duo, Shared with Vin Diesel Fast & Furious 6 Pending

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