Paul Walker (1973 – 2013)

Paul Walker (1973 – 2013)

Paul William Walker was an American actor and movie star. He was known for her roles in Fast And Furious Movie Franchise. He was born in Glandale, California in 1973. In Fast And Furious movies he played Brian O’Conner, a former LAPD officer who finds himself in between fast cars and beautiful women. Paul Walker died in a car crash in Santa Clara, California in 2013. He is among the actors who died in a car crash such as James Dean.

After appearing in some of the less important tv-series of the time, Paul Walker began his true career guest-starring in several television shows. Walker’s first appearences was in “The Young and the Restless” and “Touched By An Angel”. Both shows were hit shows of their time. The Young and the Restless was a favorite soap opera that started in early 70s and lasted more than 4 decades. In fact the show still goes on. Walker appeared in the show in 90s.

Touched By An Angel is a supernatural drama series of CBS. It was one of the hit shows of 90s. It started in 1994 and it ended in 2003. during this time Touched By An Angel was one of the favorite shows of America.

paulwalker-youngAfter appearing in favorite tv shows of the time, Walker also had the chance to appear in some movies. He was able to play some breakout roles in coming-of-age and teen movies of the time, such as She’s All That (1999) and Varsity Blues (1999). He also appeared in some comedy movies of the time, such as Meet The Deedless (1998) and a today’s cult classic Pleasantville (1998).

after appearing in some small parts in movies like The Skulls (2000) and Brokedown Palace (1999), he did his career’s best choice ever and agreed to play in The Fast And Furious (2001). Paul Walker played Brian O’Conner, a former LAPD cop who finds himself in a deadly car chase. He was one of the lead protagonists in the movie and he immediately gained international fame. The movie was a huge success at the box office and it turned into a great movie series. The seventh of the series is released this year.

Alongside with starring in Fast and Furious series, Walker also appeared in movies like Joy Ride (2001), Timeline (2003), Noel (2004), Into the Blue (2005), Running Scared (2006), Eight Below (2006), Clint Eastwood‘s movie Flags Of Our Fathers (2006), The Lazarus Project (2008), Brick Mansions (2014) and Hours (2013).

Paul Walker also appeared in some adverts. He was the face of The Coty Prestige fragrance brand Davidoff Cool Water for Men. And he was founder of “Reach Out Worldwide” (ROWW), an charity organization which intends to provide help for natural disaster areas. Besides he was a famous and talented actor that accepted as one of the best actors of especially 2000s and 2010s. However he died in a car crash on November 30, 2013.

EARLY LIFE AND EARLY CAREER

shes-all-thaPaul Walker was born in Glendale, California in a family with five children. His mother was a model and his father was a fighter who was a two-time Golden Gloves champion. Paul’s grandfather also had a boxing career and he was known as “Irish” Billie Walker. He also had some ancestors who were very fine with fast cars. One of his grandfathers raced cars for Ford in the 1960s.

Walker grown up in the Sunland community of Los Angeles. He studied in the San Fernando Valley, where he attended Sun Valley’s Village Christian School from which he graduated in 1991. He was raised as a Christian.

Walker began his career in a television commercial for Pampers when he was a baby. He literally began modelling as a baby. When he was first modeled he was 2 years old. His tlevision career began in 1985, he began to appear in several tv shows of the time. His notable roles were in the shows such as Highway to Heaven (1985), Throb (1986), Charles in Charge (1990), Who’s the Boss? (1991), The Young and the Restless (he appeared in 1992), The Boys Are Back (1994) and Touched by an Angel (1996). In 90s, Walker continued to star in tv commercials as well.

paul-walker_2Walker’s first movie appearance was in 1986. his movie career began with Monster in the Closet (1986), a comedy-horror movie. Like many other comedy-horrors of 80s, it was more like a comedy rather than a horror movie. As it is known, comedy-horrors was the favorite genre of the 80s.

Later on he played in the action comedy movie Programmed to Kill (1987), which as in fact a low budget cyborg movie, a favorite sub-genre of the time. His second movie experience was in 1994, he had the chance to appear in sci-fi comedy movie Tammy And The T-Rex (1994), a low budget dinosaur movie, released just one year later than the hit movie Jurassic Park (1993). Between his first movie appearance and second one, Walker played in several tv-series which are listed above. After Tammy And The T-Rex and his appearance in Touched By An Angel, his career completely turned into movies. He never appeared in tv-shows again and he only appeared in movies.

Till his appearance in Fast And Furious series, Walker played in several less popular movies in 1990s. After Tammy And The T-Rex, Paul Walker played in Steve Boyum comedy movie Meet The Deedless (1998), along with Steve Van Wormer. Dennis Hopper also stared in the movie. It was basicly a surfer movie. Same year he appeared in Gary Ross‘ black comedy and satirical movie Pleasantville (1998). ıt was quite an influential movie that inspired many other movies after it. Walker played along with Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, Joan Allen and Jeff Daniels.

varsity-bluesIn 1999 Walker appeared in Brian Robbins movie Varsity Blues (1999). It was a comedy romance movie that tells the story of football love among teenagers in Texas. Same year he also appeared in Robert Iscove movie She’s All That (1999). The movie has a all time favorite storyline, a popular guy intends to change an unattractive girl into a prom queen and then falls for her. Walker plays with Rachel Leigh Cook.

In 1999, Paul Walker also appeared in two thrillers. One of them was Brokedown Palace (1999). In this Jonathan Kaplan movie the story of two women who were arrested for smuggling was told. Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale played the leading roles and Walker had only a small part. Walker also appeared in one of the hit movies of the year, The Skulls (2000). The movie was directed by Rob Cohen and it stared Joshua Jackson, Paul Walker and Hill Harper. It tells the story of a secret college society.

PAUL WALKER IN THE FAST AND FURIOUS MOVIES

brian-o-conner-fastandfuriousWalker’s breakthrough role is without a doubt his performance as “Brian O’Conner” in the movie series Fast and Furious. Brian O’Conner is a former LAPD officer and the opposite character of “Dominic Toretto” played by Vin Diesel in the movie.

This street racing action movie was one of the most successful movies of 2001. It was a total success at box office, grossing more than 207 million dollars worldwide, the movie became a favorite franchise and Universal Pictures immediately decided to make some sequels. Up to this date there are 7 Fast And Furious movies. Paul Walker played in five of them; Fast And Furious 1, Fast And Furious 2, Fast And Furious 4, Fast And Furious 5 and Fast And Furios 7 (which was released after his death).

fastandfuriousThe ifrst of the series, Fast and the Furious is an action movie directed by Rob Cohen and it stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster. It was distributed by Universal Pictures. The film focuses on the undercover cop Brian O’Conner (Walker) who must stop the infamous truck hijackers gang led by Dominic Toretto.

The movie was shot in Los Angeles and California. Although the critical reviews were mixed, it totally broke the box office, grossing over 200 million dollars. However Rotten Tomatoes praised Diesel and Walker. The first movie was followed by 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), Fast & Furious (2009), Fast Five (2011), Fast & Furious 6 (2013) and Furious 7 (2015).

By playing Brian O’Conner in the Fast And Furious movie franchise, Paul Walker became a notable movie star and a leading actor. And that made him appear in other favorite movies as well.

WALKER’S CAREER AS A MOVIE STAR

paul-walker-joyridePlaying in Fast And Furious series, Walker immediately became a popular actor in action movies as well as several comedies and thrillers. After Fast And Furious (2001), Walker appeared in a horror-thriller Joy Ride (2001). Directed by John Dahl, Joy Ride tells the story of three young people who are travelling from Colorado to New Jersey and they are stalked by a psycho killer. The movie also became a popular franchise and followed by sequels.

In 2003, he played in the second of the Fast And Furious franchise movie. And he also appeared in Timeline (2003) along with Gerard Butler, action-adventure and sci-fi movie directed by Richard Donner. It tells the story of a group of students who are stuck in the past.

One year later, Walker appeared in a classical Noel movie, Noel (2004). Chazz Palminteri movie told the story of five New Yorkers in Noel time. Walker played along with Susan Sarandon, Penelope Cruz, Alan Arkin and Marcus Thomas. In 2005, Walker played Jared, a brave diver in the action adventure movie Into The Blue (2005) with Jessica Alba.

EIGHT BELOWRunning Scared (2006) was a crime action movie directed by Wayne Kramer, which told the story of Joey Gazalle (Paul Walker). Same year Walker appeared in a family adventure movie, Eight Below (2006). It was directed by Frank Marshall. It was an acclaimed movie and it grossed more than 20 million dollars during its first week. In 2006, Walker also had a small supportig role in Clint Eastwood‘s World War II drama Flags Of Our Fathers (2006).

In 2007, Walker appeared in R rated action crime movie The Death And Life Of Bobby Z (2007) as Tim Kearney. Same year he also appeared in another R rated movie, Stories USA (2007), which tells the stories of ten people. One year later Walker starred in the independent movie, The Lazarus Project (2008), which was released on DVD. He then appeared in Fast & Furious (2009). Walker then appeared in the action crime drama Takers (2009). The movie told the story of a group of bank robbers. The movie generally recieved positive reactions.

brick-mansionsIn 2013, Walker appeared in a Fast And Furious alike movie, Vehicle 19 (2013). It was a R rated movie and the story took place in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was shot by South African director Mukunda Michael Dewil. Same year Walker played in Hours (2013), a thriller that tells the story of a father who struggles to keep his daughter alive during Hurricane Katrina. Same year Walker was in another R rated movie; Pawn Shop Chronicles (2013), a R rated action comedy by Wayne Kramer. His last movie expect his Fast And Furious movies was Brick Mansions (2014), remake of French action movie District-13 (2004).

At the time of his death, Walker had been filming Furious 7. The movie was completed by using his brothers Caleb and Cody as his body doubles. And in some parts some CGI is used.

On November 30, 2013, Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas (38), left a charity event and hit the road. Their car crashed into a concrete lamppost and two trees on Hercules Street, California. And right after the crash, the vehicle burst into flames which killed both of them.

Paul Walker’s sudden death shocked the US and the world. His sudden loss truely a sad incident that led many Hollywood celebrities to sorrow. Because Paul Walker was a young and talented adctor who was expected to make many more successful movies of all kind, but especially action and thriller dramas. Paul Walker will always be remembered by his fans and his colleagues.