Hollywood Loses a Shining Star by Cassie

Paul Walker was the star of the "Fast & Furious" films, and his knowing, sly, half-grin turned his character, Brian O'Conner, into a lovable rogue that every boy wanted to be, and every girl wanted to be with.

Early Life
Born in California in 1973, Paul Walker was the eldest of five siblings, and was brought up mainly in Los Angele. He attended high school in the San Fernando Valley, graduating from Sun Valley's Village Christian School in 1991. Walker was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Upon finishing high school, Walker went to several community colleges in California, and majored in marine biology.

Walker’s first television role was as a toddler, when he starred in a Pampers commercial. He began modelling at the age of two, and worked his way up through the television industry throughout his childhood. Walker’s first television role was in the 1986 horror-comedy “Monster in the Closet”. Following this, he featured in many television shows, but finally made his feature film debut in the comedy “Meet the Deedles”. It was this film that kick-started Walker’s acting career, and led to supporting roles in many other films.

Working alongside Vin Diesel, Walker’s breakthrough role appeared when he was chosen for one of the leading roles in “The Fast and the Furious”, a successful action film. After this, Walker was noted as a reputable film star, and his career began to take off. Over the years, Walker continued to star in the “Fast and Furious” film series, with 6 movies being made in total. He also acquired many other roles in the industry, such as in the crime drama “Takers”. In addition, as of July 2011, the Coty Prestige fragrance brand Davidoff Cool Water for Men announced that Walker was to become the new face of the brand.

Personal Life
Along with his dogs, Walker lived in Santa Barbara, California. He had a daughter with Rebecca McBrian, who moved to live with Walker in 2011. Walker’s true passion was marine biology. He fulfilled his lifelong dream by starring in a National Geographic Channel series “Expedition Great White”. Also, in March 2010, Walker flew out to Haiti with his humanitarian aid team to help and support the people injured in the 8.8 magnitude earthquake.

On November 30, 2013, at approximately 3:30pm, Walker, alongside his friend Roger Rodas, left an event for Walker’s charity, “Reach Out Worldwide for victims of Typhoon Haiyan”. Believed to be travelling at a speed of over 90mph, in a well-known drift zone for cars, the car crashed into a light pole and tree. The car then burst into flames, killing both Walker and Rodas.

Due to the fact that “Fast and Furious 7” was being filmed at the time of Walker’s death, Universal have paused the making of the film until they speak with Walker’s family, to determine what to do with the film.

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