Paul William Walker IV was born in 1973 in Glendale, California. He began acting at a young age in television commercials and broke into films through modeling when he was older. Well known for his blue eyes and good looks, Walker was cast in a variety of television shows, including "Highway to Heaven," "The Young and the Restless," and "Who's the Boss?" Walker was also heavily involved in humanitarian work with his own organization called Reach Out Worldwide, which sent aid to the victims of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. On November 30, 2013, sad news of his death passed quickly through Hollywood. Walker and a friend, Roger Rodas, left a Reach Out charity event and crashed moments later into a light pole near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia, Santa Clarita. He left behind a young daughter named Meadow Rain and a legacy of popular films.
Released in 2005, "Into the Blue" is an action film in which Walker stars as Jared, a young diver who goes to the Bahamas in search of sunken treasure. Jared and his friend Sam (Jessica Alba) came across a historic wreck that is located near a wrecked airplane that contains a large amount of cocaine. When a drug lord discovers that Sam and Jared know where the cocaine is, the pair find themselves running for their lives. The film won a Golden Fleece award at the 2006 Golden Trailer Awards.
Directed by John Dahl, "Joy Ride" is a 2001 film starring Walker as Lewis Thomas and Steve Zahn as his brother Fuller. Lewis is a college student who has decided to drive across the country to see a girl named Venna (Leelee Sobieski), whom he is romantically attracted to. Along the way, he stops to get his free-spirited brother Steve out of jail, and the three of them find themselves terrorized by a disgruntled truck driver who gets tired of Steve's shenanigans on a CB radio. "Joy Ride" was nominated for a Saturn Award for the Best Action Adventure Thriller Film for 2002.
Paul Walker also starred in the 2006 movie "Running Scared." Joey Gazelle (Walker) has been told by a local mob boss to dispose of a gun that was used to kill a cop. He decides to hide the gun in the drywall of his basement instead of dumping it into the river, and his ten-year-old son Alex (Nicky Gazelle) and his best friend Oleg (Cameron Bright) steal the gun. Oleg uses the gun to shoot his stepfather, who is also the nephew of a Russian mob boss. Joey is then connected to the gun and suddenly finds himself in a race for his life.
Released in 2006, "Eight Below" is an adventure story about two explorers who fight to survive in Antarctica. American geologist Davis McClaren (Bruce Greenwod) flies to a United States Research Base in Antarctica in hopes of locating a rare meteorite from Mercury. Jerry Shepard (Walker) and his best friend, Cooper (Jason Biggs), team up with McClaren to climb Mount Melbourne to locate the artifact. In spite of his gut instinct telling him it is too late in the season to make the hike, Shepard makes the hike up the mountain with McClaren, but the two are called back almost immediately due to a large winter storm that is on its way. Shepard must make a tough decision regarding his safety and that of his dogs. The film won two ASCAP awards and was nominated for a Best Youth Video award at the Satellite Awards.
Walker's most popular film franchise, "The Fast and the Furious," is a series of six films starring Walker as the Los Angeles police officer Brian O'Connor. O'Connor must choose between his duties as a law enforcement officer and his love for illegal street racing. "The Fast and the Furious" includes a large cast of award-winning actors, including Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto, Michelle Rodriguez as Letty, Rick Tune as Johnny Tran, and Ja Rule as Edwin. The first movie in the series received nine awards and twelve nominations, including an MTV Award for the Best On-Screen Team and several World Stunt Awards. Walker was filming "Fast and Furious 7" at the time of his death, and the film has currently been put on hold indefinitely. "The Fast and Furious" director James Wan has said the film will be completed, but no definite dates have been given as of December 2013.
A true lover of cars and fast speed, Walker took his hobby and love for racing to the big screen. His movies established him as a notable leading man, and his talent is evident in the many awards and nominations he received.