The blue-eyed film star, Paul Walker best known for his role as Brian O’Conner in the Fast and Furious franchise died recently in a fiery car crash in Los Angeles area. The news of Paul’s shocking death shattered his family, friends and fans. Walker was undoubtedly a refreshing enigma in Hollywood who faced camera for the first time when he was merely two years old. He then impressed almost everybody with his blonde hair, blue eyes, surfer’s accent, raw good looks and charm. Today, he is not alive but he will always be remembered by the world as the man par excellence. For a true Fast series follower, we know how difficult it would be to watch the seventh instalment of the movie without him. So, let’s have a look on some of the interesting facts of his life which made him so special.
10. Started working as a child –
Walker was born to be the Hollywood’s beloved star. He might me famous for his role in Fast franchise as Brian O’Conner but even as a baby Paul Walker was destined for big things. Right from his childhood he was a great support to his father and mother who were struggling to meet their day to day requirements. He was a child model from the age of two and starred in a Pampers commercial when he was a toddler. He then began his acting career on the small screen with parts in shows such as “Highway to Heaven” and “Touched by an angel.”
9. Academia –
Paul was an enormous fan of marine biologist, Jacques Cousteau and in fact he was often cited saying that he consider Cousteau his idol. Paul majored in marine biology in college and had a huge passion for sea. His only intention to enter the film industry was because he wanted to pay off his debts and get back to pursue his marine biology career. He worked in the movie “Into the blues” only because he would get to spend a lot of time in the water. The ocean fascinated Walker in the same way that car conversations brought out a giddy passion in his voice and so did the talk of sea.
8. Dog Lover –
“I love dogs. I grew up with dogs in my family from the time that I was a little boy,” was Walker’s instant reply when he was asked if he was a dog lover. Paul lived with his dog in California whom he adored and his companion until 2011 were only his dog when his daughter who lived with her mother in Hawaii returned to California to live with Paul Walker. His love for dogs was clearly visible in his touching performance as an Antarctic guide who battled the elements to save some Huskies in Disney’s Eight Below.
7. Humorous –
Very few people know that Paul Walker was hilarious and a really fun loving soul. His friends remember him as a person who always used to be happy and carefree. No matter what the situation is, his belief in living life to the fullest without hurting anybody has made him immortal in his friend’s and family’s heart. For those who haven’t seen his funny side should definitely watch his video in which he attempts to impersonate Fast & Furious co-star, Vin Diesel. Donning a muscle suit and makeshift bald cap, Paul desperately tries to contain his laughter.
6. Sportsperson –
Not many knew of Paul Walker’s skill and passion for the Brazilian sport of Jiu-Jitsu. He was an avid mixed martial arts practitioner and a huge fan of UFC. When he passed away, he was already a brown belt studying under instructor and mentor Ricardo Miller, who trained the late actor during the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise for nine years at the Paragon Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu academy in California. Paul always wanted to be known as an ambassador for Jiu-Jitsu and had a strong desire to impress his coach so that he can get the black belt. However, Paul Walker was awarded his black belt by his coach and mentor posthumously at his family memorial.
5. Loving Father, Son and Friend –
Besides being a great actor and an amazing person, Paul had always been a loving father and caring son. He left behind his 15 year old daughter, Meadow, from a relationship with his previous love interest Rebecca McBrian. His death shook his father and with teary eyes he said that Walker always knew how much he loves him. In Walker’s last conversation with his father; he talked about everything but the film industry and the deluge of tributes on twitter from his friends Vin Diesel, Jessica Alba and Dwayne Johnson just goes to prove how well loved and respected he was to those who he was connected to.
4. The Young and the Restless –
One of the most important fact of Paul Walker’s life was his character Brandon Collins in the 1992 sitcom “The Young and the restless” for which he received a Soap Opera Digest Outstanding Male newcomer nomination in 1994. His “Y & R” co-star Eric Braeden said that Paul was always unpretentious and easygoing as Brandon Collins. The character he portrayed was a mailroom clerk at Newman enterprises who developed a crush on the owners daughter, Victoria Newman, then played by Heather Tom. Walker was truly a sitcom heartthrob before breaking out on the big screen.
3. Humanitarian –
Paul Walker was more than just a pretty face, he was a relentless humanitarian. He was a visionary who always believed that before he was an actor he was a friend and humanitarian. He set up a foundation Reach Out Worldwide to help those in need during disasters around the world. He formed ROWW back in 2010 “to mobilize quickly and travel to affected areas, sending qualified team members including doctors, EMT’s, paramedics, and search and rescue professionals to provide first aid, medical supplies, water filters, and other life-saving necessities.”
2. The Fast & The Furious-
There is really no way to define his contribution in The Fast and the Furious series in few lines. He always considered Fast as the second best thing that has happened to him after his daughter. Watching Fast Seven without Paul Walker in it would be like watching the extended version of The Godfather Trilogy without Al Pacino. His tragic passing had the deep impact on the cast and crew of the movie series. Albeit Paul Walker has died but Brian O’Conner is and will always be immortal in the hearts of everybody who religiously followed The Fast series now and forever.
1. Died in a Car Crash –
On 30 November 2013, Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker died after a single-car accident and explosion in Southern California. The accident happened in Santa Clarita, North of Los Angeles and if sources are to be believed then the actor was a passenger in the Porsche sports car driven by Paul’s close friend and car racer Roger Rodas who lost control and slammed the car into a lamppost which on collision engulfed into flames. His family, friends and fans are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. He was truly the soul of Fast series and it goes without saying that Fast flicks would never be the same ever again no matter who replaces him.