Monday, November 30, 2015

"The Fast and Furious" Actor Paul Walker 2013 Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills Cemetery

Paul William Walker IV[3] (September 12, 1973[4] – November 30, 2013) was an American actor. Walker began his career guest-starring in several television shows such as The Young and the Restless and Touched by an Angel. Walker gained 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 his portrayal of Brian O'Conner in the street racing action film The Fast and the Furious, and would reprise the role in five of the next six installments. He also starred in films such as Eight Below, Timeline, Into the Blue, Joy Ride and Running Scared.

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 the charity "Reach Out Worldwide" (ROWW), an organization providing relief efforts for areas affected by natural disasters.

Walker died in a single-vehicle collision on November 30, 2013, alongside friend Roger Rodas. Three films that he was involved in at the time were released posthumously: Hours (2013), Brick Mansions (2014) and Furious 7 (2015). The song "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa, which appeared on the Furious 7 soundtrack, is a tribute to Walker.

Early life

Walker was born in Glendale, California, and was 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.[5][6][7] Paul’s paternal grandfather had a boxing career as “'Irish' Billie Walker”. Paul's ancestry was mostly English, with some German, Swiss,[8] and Irish.[9][10][11] One of his grandfathers raced factory cars for Ford in the 1960s.[5] 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.[12][13] He was raised as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[6] After high school, Walker attended several community colleges in Southern California, majoring in marine biology.[14]


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.[15] Walker's film career began in 1986, with the horror/comedy film Monster in the Closet. In 1987 he appeared in The Retailiator (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 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.[16] During the filming of Running Scared, director Wayne Kramer stated that "[Walker] is that guy on some level"[17] 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."[17]

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 and Furious, which was released on April 3, 2009.[18] Walker then appeared in the crime drama Takers, which began filming in early September 2008 and was released in August 2010.[19]

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.[20] He reprised his role in the fifth installment of The Fast and the Furious series, Fast Five (2011), and again in Fast and 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.[21][22][23] Walker was also set to play Agent 47 in the video game adaptation Hitman: Agent 47, but died before production began.[24]

Personal life

Walker lived in Santa Barbara with his dogs.[6][25] He and Rebecca Soteros,[26] a one-time girlfriend, have a daughter named Meadow Walker,[27] who lived with her mother in Hawaii for 13 years and then moved to California to live with Walker in 2011.[28] Her godfather is Vin Diesel after Paul's death. He previously dated Jasmine Gosnell.[29]

He held a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Ricardo "Franjinha" Miller at Paragon Jiu-Jitsu[30] and was awarded with his black belt by Miller posthumously.[31]

Walker held an interest in marine biology; he joined the Board of Directors of The Billfish Foundation in 2006.[32] 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.[33][34] He spent 11 days as part of the crew, catching and tagging seven 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 five-year period of time.[35]

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.[36]

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.[37] Walker had been preparing for an auto show prior to his death.[38]

Roger Rodas became Walker's financial adviser in 2007 and helped to establish Reach Out Worldwide.[39] Rodas, a pro-am racer[40] who worked as Walker's financial adviser,[41] was the CEO of Always Evolving, a Valencia high-end vehicle performance shop owned by Walker.[42]

Walker was close friends with his 2 Fast 2 Furious co-star Tyrese Gibson.[43][44][45] Vin Diesel considered Walker to be like a brother, both on and off screen, and affectionately called him "Pablo."[46] Walker's mother referred to her son as Diesel's "other half."[47]


On November 30, 2013, at approximately 3:30 p.m. PST, Walker and Roger Rodas, 38, left an event for Walker's charity Reach Out Worldwide for victims of Typhoon Haiyan[48] in Rodas's red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. The car crashed into a concrete lamppost and two trees on Hercules Street, in a 45 miles per hour (72 km/h) 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.[48][49][50][51][52] Authorities determined that Rodas was driving the car, while Walker was the passenger.[53] The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department declared both victims dead at the scene.[50][54] Rodas died of multiple traumatic injuries, while Walker died from the combined effects of traumatic and Thermal trauma, according to the Los Angeles county coroner's office. Both of their bodies were burned beyond recognition.[53]

The curve where Walker and Rodas were killed is a popular spot for drifting cars.[55] The coroner's report stated that the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT was traveling at a speed possibly as high as 100 miles per hour (160 km/h) before the crash. The coroner's report further stated that no alcohol or other drugs were found in the systems of either man.[56] Furthermore, it states that there were no hints of technical problems with the car and neither a damaged surface of the street nor parts on the street played a role in the accident.[57] Police investigated as to whether drag racing played a role, but were unable to find evidence of a second car's involvement.[58] 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,[59] were arrested for grand theft.[60] Walker's autopsy showed "scant soot" in his trachea, leading investigators to believe he died before the car was engulfed in fire, where Rodas was killed on or shortly after impact by head, neck, and chest trauma.[59][61]

In March 2014, further investigation revealed that the speed of the car was the main 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.[61]

With 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.[62]

Numerous friends and movie stars posted tributes to Walker on social media.[63] His body was cremated and his ashes were buried in a non-denominational ceremony at Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills.[64]

In December 2014, Walker's father, Paul William Walker III, filed a lawsuit against Roger Rodas's 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 Roger Rodas.[65]

In September 2015, Walker's daughter filed a suit against Porsche for wrongful death of her father claiming that the sports car that her father was in had numerous design defects.[66]

On September 29, 2015, it was reported that according to Porsche Cars North America spokesperson Calvin Kim the manufacturer has not yet seen the lawsuit and would not comment on it. He stated: "As we have said before, we are saddened whenever anyone is hurt in a Porsche vehicle, but we believe the authorities’ reports in this case clearly established that this tragic crash resulted from reckless driving and excessive speed."[67]



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 
1998 Pleasantville Skip Martin 
1999 Varsity Blues Lance Harbor 
1999 She's All That Dean Sampson 
1999 Brokedown Palace Jason 
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 
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 The Death and Life of Bobby Z Tim Kearney 
2007 Stories USA Mikey 
2008 The Lazarus Project Ben Garvey 
2009 Fast and Furious Brian O'Conner 
2010 Takers John Rahway 
2011 Fast Five Brian O'Conner 
2013 Vehicle 19 Michael Woods 
2013 Fast and Furious 6 Brian O'Conner 
2013 Pawn Shop Chronicles Raw Dog 
2013 Hours Nolan Hayes Released two weeks after Walker's death 
2014 Brick Mansions Damien Collier Released five months after Walker's death 
2015 Furious 7 Brian O'Conner Finished posthumously; Walker's last performance in a film, released 1 year, 5 months after his death


Year Title Role Notes

1984–1994 CBS Schoolbreak Special 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 and 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 
1996 Touched by an Angel Jonathan 
2010 Shark Men Himself 3 episodes, aka Expedition Great White 
2013 Shark Week Himself 1 episode 

Music videos 

Year Artist Song Notes 

1997 The Mighty Mighty Bosstones "Wrong Thing Right Then"
2003 Ludacris "Act a Fool" 
2013 2 Chainz and Wiz Khalifa "We Own It" 
2015 Wiz Khalifa "See You Again" Posthumous tribute including scenes by Walker from Furious 7


1. Fahy, Colette. "Paul Walker leaves entire $25 million fortune to daughter Meadow, 15, with instructions to make his mother her legal guardian", Daily Mail, published 02-05-2014. 
2. Weisman, Aly. "Paul Walker Left His Entire $25 Million Estate To His 15-Year-Old Daughter — But Things Could Get Messy", Business Insider, published 02-04-2014. 
3. WGN News at Nine. November 30, 2013. 32 minutes in. WGN-TV/WGN America. 
4. "Paul Walker – Biography". The New York Times. 
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7. Atkin, Hillary (June 6, 2003). "Walker's in the 'Fast' lane to film stardom". USA Today. 
8. "Paul William Walker ancestry". May 9, 2010. 
9. "Paul William Walker II". 
10. "Paul William Walker II 1930 United States Census". 
11. "Meet Paul Walker". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. March 29, 2006. 
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13. Gazzar, Brenda (December 1, 2013). "‘Fast and Furious’ star Paul Walker remembered as kind, carefree". Los Angeles Daily News. 
14. "Paul Walker Bio: Fast and Furious Actor". Tribute. Tribute Entertainment Media Group. 
15. Youtube. "Showbiz Pizza Commercial". 
16. "Eight Below (2006)". Box Office Mojo. 
17. Murray, Rebecca. "Interview with 'Running Scared' writer/director Wayne Kramer". 
18. "Apple – Movie Trailers – Fast and Furious". Apple. 
19. Fleming, Michael (September 9, 2008). "Screen Gems digs up 'Bone' cast". Variety. 
20. "Coty Prestige Announces Agreement with Paul Walker". PR Newswire. January 14, 2011. 
21. "Report: Paul Walkers death forces delay of Fast and Furious 7 shoot". HitFix. December 1, 2013. 
22. 'Fast and Furious 7' will shoot scenes with doubles and replace Paul Walker with CGI to keep him in the film – NY Daily News 
23. The Deadline Team. "Paul Walker’s Brothers Jumping In To Help Finish ‘Fast and Furious 7′ Action Scenes - Deadline". Deadline. 
24. Trumbore, Dave. "Paul Walker Leads HITMAN Reboot in AGENT 47". Collider. 
25. Koltnow, Barry (February 18, 2006). "Just chillin'". The Orange County Register. 
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29. "Ibtimes". 
30. Duane, Daniel (September 6, 2005). "Paul Walker's Adventure Sports Workout Routine". Men's Health. 
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32. "Paul Walker Joins The Billfish Foundation to Kick-Off 20th Anniversary Celebration". Sport Fishing. September 25, 2006. 
33. "Paul Walker Leads Shark Expedition". November 12, 2009. 
34. "Actor Paul Walker Joins National Geographic Shark Expedition". DiverWire. November 13, 2009. 
35. "Expedition Great White". National Geographic. 
36. "REACH OUT Worldwide". REACH OUT Worldwide. 
37. "AE Performance". Redline Time Attack. 
38. "Paul Walker, estrella de "Rápidos y furiosos" falleció en accidente de tránsito". El Comercio. 
39. "Call to Action". Merrill Lynch. 
40. "Rodas: Racer, manager, friend to Walker". December 3, 2013. 
41. "Walker and Rodas, you will be missed". Motor Sport. December 1, 2013. 
42. Smith, Perry (November 30, 2013). "Paul Walker, Santa Clarita CEO Reportedly Killed In Fatal Single-Car Crash". KHTS Radio. 
43. Tonks, Owen (January 4, 2014). "Paul Walker best friend Tyrese Gibson still struggling after actor's death". Daily Mirror.
44. Cook, Carlton (January 16, 2014). "Has Paul Walker's Co-Star Tyrese Gibson Converted from Christianity to Islam, After His Visit to Dubai?". The Christian Post. 
45. "Tyrese Gibson Heartbroken Over Paul Walker's Death". ABC News. December 4, 2013. 
46. "Vin Diesel Reacts to Paul Walker's Death: ‘I Will Always Love You’". The Wrap. 
47. "Paul Walker death: Vin Diesel's touching Facebook post about how he lost his 'other half'". The Mirror. 
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50. "Publicist: Fast and Furious Actor Paul Walker Dies in Car Crash". Time (New York). November 30, 2013. 
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56. "Speed may have been factor in Fast and Furious star Paul Walker's crash". Sunday Morning Herald. January 4, 2014. 
57. ""Fast and Furious"-Star : Walker-Auto war fast 100 Stundenkilometer zu schnell". Die Welt (in German). January 4, 2014. 
58. "Paul Walker death investigation: Police rule out second vehicle, focus on speed". CNN. 
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65. Zuckerman, Esther. "Paul Walker's dad files claim against estate of driver in fatal car crash". Entertainment Weekly. 
66. "Paul Walker's daughter sues Porsche over father's fatal crash". Mashable. 

1 comment:

  1. Paul Walker will always be an amazing, talented young man gone way to soon, he didn't let fame get in his way, always made time for everyone. I loved all his movies, every year i change my password pictures, Honor of Paul, lost an amazing, talented young man, gone way to soon. My deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to Pauls daughter Meadow, his brothers, rest of the family. May he RIPARIDISE.