The Fast and the Furious film series transformed Paul Walker in the perfect action actor, since the success of the series brought him roles in films like Takers, Vehicle Hours and 19. His passing was a bad surprise for everyone – fans, collaborators, family. Here are some interesting details about the actor who disappeared Sunday in a car crash at just 40 years old.
1. Model and actor at an early age
Born on September 12, 1973 in Glendale, California, Paul Waker appeared before cameras at an early age as a model and actor in various television shows including Charles in Cargos, Highway to Heaven and Who’s the Boss.
2. He appeared in The Young and the Restless
He had an appearance in the soap opera The Young and the Restless (1973). In 1986, he made his debut in the comedy horror film Monster in the Closet, but the film that made him famous and removed him completely from TV series was Varsity Blues (1999).
3. His big love, the ocean
His first love was not acting, but marine biology, which he studied at a university in California. For him, Hollywood was just a means to achieve one of the things which he wanted most in life: a marine biologist degree.
Walker loved the ocean and surf was one of his favorite sports because it brought in a world where he felt best.
4. He loved cars
Cars were another great passion of the actor, even before his transformation into Brian O’Connor in Fast and Furious. “My father loved cars”, he said in 2001, in an interview to promote The Fast and the Furious. “I grew up with various publications about cars. This is what I read. They were always in our home. My grandfather was a professional racing driver for Ford”. His first car, as stated in the spring of this year, was a 1986 Ford Ranger.
He became a professional racing driver after he met Roger Rodas, who was with him in the car at the time of the tragic accident.
5. Rodas was his financial advisor
He met Rodas Walker in 2000, when the actor was conquered by Rodas’ way of driving of a former Porsche GT3 whose owner he was. The love for cars brought them together and they soon began to participate together in races. Since 2007, Rodas became Walker’s financial advisor, to help him carry on his passion for cars without this consuming all his financial resources.
6. Humanitarian events
Both Walker and Rodas often organized humanitarian events. On the day of their death, the two had left from an event that would benefit the people affected by the typhoon in the Philippines, organized by the association that they had developed together, Reach out WorldWide.
7. A young father
He became a father at just 25 years – Meadow Rain Walker was born on November 4, 1998. Although initially he was frightened with the news, he became increasingly closer to his daughter. If he assumed the role of a father, that of a husband wasn’t for him. Shortly after the birth of his daughter, Walker broke up with her mother, Rebecca Soter.
8. He recently moved in with his daughter
Meadow Rain Walker, now aged 15 years loved her father very much, with whom she recently moved it.
9. He almost joined the army
In the ’90s, when the Gulf War broke out, he was on the verge of enlisting in the army. He was then 17 years old, which meant that, under U.S. law, he would have needed parental consent.
10. He was considered to be a part of Fantastic Four
He was one of the actors considered for the role of Johnny Storm in Fantastic Four. Another movie he was supposed to play in was SWAT, the role of Jim Strett. After his retirement, the part went to Colin Farrell. He auditioned for the role of Anakin Skywalker, but was not accepted due to his age. He later said that this was the only role that he really ever wanted.
“When you put good will out there it’s amazing what can be accomplished.” – Paul Walker, Reach Out WorldWide Founder