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Paul Walker
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Walker in March 2009 at the Fast & Furiouspremiere in London's Leicester Square
Born Paul William Walker IV
September 12, 1973
Glendale, California
Died November 30, 2013 (aged 40)
Santa Clarita, California
Cause of death Injuries sustained from single-vehicle collision
Resting place

Forest Lawn Memorial Park

Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California
Education Village Christian School
Occupation Actor[1][2]
Years active 1984–2013
Net worth $25 million (2014)[1][2]
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)[3]
Children 1
Relatives Cody Walker (brother)
Caleb Walker (brother)

Paul William Walker IV (September 12, 1973 – 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 (1999). In 2001, Walker gained international fame for his portrayal of Brian O'Conner in the street racing action film The Fast and the Furious (2001), and would reprise the role in five of the next six installments but died in the middle of the filming of Furious 7 (2015). He also starred in films such as Joy Ride (2001), Timeline (2003), Into the Blue (2005), Eight Below, and Running Scared (2006).

Besides 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. He was often praised for his off-screen charity work, and as a performer.

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 posthumouslyHours (2013), Brick Mansions (2014), and Furious 7 (2015, which he had not completed filming). The song "See You Again" by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, which appeared on the Furious 7 soundtrack, is a tribute to Walker. The song was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards and was also the number-one song in the United States for 12 weeks.

Early life Edit

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 boxer who was a two-time Golden Gloves champion. Paul's paternal grandfather had a boxing career as "'Irish' Billy Walker". Paul's ancestry was mostly English, with some German, Swiss, and Irish. 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'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.

Death and legal repercussions Edit

On November 30, 2013, at about 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 (Yolanda), with Rodas driving his Porsche Carrera GT. In a 45 miles per hour (72 km/h) speed zone on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, the car crashed into a concrete lamp post and two trees and caught fire. Rodas died of multiple trauma while Walker died from the combined effects of trauma and burns. Both of their bodies were burned beyond recognition.

The curve where Walker and Rodas were killed is a popular spot for drifting cars. No alcohol or other drugs were found in either man's system, and neither mechanical failure nor road conditions appeared to play a role. Police found no evidence of drag racing. The investigation concluded that the car's speed – between 80 mph (130 km/h) and 93 mph (150 km/h) – and age of the tires were the primary reasons for the crash.

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.

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

In December 2014, Walker's father, Paul III, filed a wrongful death claim against 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 Rodas.

In September 2015, Walker's daughter Meadow filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche for the death of her father, claiming that the Porsche Carrera GT had numerous design defects including a history of instability, and that seat belt placement can cause harm upon impact. Porsche's response denied any wrongdoing and blamed Walker himself, stating: "The perils, risk, and danger were open and obvious and known to him, and he chose to conduct himself in a manner so as to expose himself to such perils, dangers, and risks, thus assuming all the risks involved in using the vehicle." In April 2016, U.S. District CourtJudge Philip S. Gutierrez ruled in favor of Porsche in a separate lawsuit filed by Roger Rodas' widow, Kristine. The ruling has no bearing on two other cases against Porsche which have been filed by Walker's father, who is also the executor of the actor's estate, and his daughter. Both are pending cases at the Los Angeles superior court.

Filmography Edit

Main article: Paul Walker filmography

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2002 MTV Movie Award Best On-Screen Team (shared with Vin Diesel)
The Fast and the Furious
Won
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor – Action
Fast Five
Nominated
2013 Choice Movie: Chemistry (shared with Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson)
Fast & Furious 6
Nominated
2014 MTV Movie Award Best On-Screen Duo (shared with Vin Diesel) Won
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actor: Action
Furious 7
Won
Choice Movie: Chemistry (shared with Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Dwayne Johnson, Ludacris) Nominated

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