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|United States of America
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Paul Walker was an American actor and film producer.
Paul William Walker IV was born in Glendale, California. He also grew up in the Southern California city along with four siblings. Walker’s family were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Even as a child, Paul Walker was involved in commercials, and his mother got him the orders for them. He was also seen in various guest roles in television series. After graduating from high school, Walker turned his back on acting and studied marine biology, but quickly changed his mind in 1993. He preferred his acting career to his studies.
In 1998, Walker starred in the film Pleasantville, opposite Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon. In the years that followed, other popular strips such as “Varsity Blues” and the high school comedy “One Like None” followed. Michael Crichton’s Timeline, a time-travel adventure film adaptation of the novel, is one of Walker’s films that won over audiences and critics alike. In addition to action films such as “The Fast and the Furious”, he starred alongside Jessica Alba in “Into the Blue” and in Clint Eastwood’s film project “Flags of Our Fathers” (2006) – a war drama which was nominated for several Oscars. In the adventure film “Antarctica – Trapped in the Ice” Walker was able to get the lead role. He then returned to the action genre: the Californian took part in the films “Running Scared” (2006) and Kill Bobby Z” (2007).
The breakthrough of his career was the action film “The Fast and the Furious” in 2001, in which Walker played an undercover cop alongside Vin Diesel. Six more installments in the action film series starring Walker followed. The film series “The Fast and Furios” is the sixth highest-grossing film series of all time. With a total gross of about 5,888.25 million US dollars, it is one of the top 100 most successful films. The film series is one of the classics in the action genre and has already spawned various merchandise products, such as games for TV consoles.
“When you’re struggling for your career, it’s easy to lose sight of your dreams.”
“Sometimes obstacles in life aren’t obstacles at all, but welcome challenges.”
“I want the freedom to do whatever I want.”
“My philosophy is, if you’re not having fun with it, then don’t do it.”
“I’m a doer and whether it was the tsunami in Sri Lanka or the earthquake in Indonesia, I’ve always said to myself, ‘I should be there; I should help.’”
“No matter how good or bad your life is, wake up every morning and be thankful you have one.”
“All that really matters is that the people you love are happy and healthy.”
“If speed kills me one day, don’t cry for me because I was smiling.”
Aside from acting, Paul Walker still had a strong interest in marine biology. With his participation in the private television station “National Geographic Channel” about a documentary series about sharks, he fulfilled a long-cherished dream. For eleven days in this documentary, Walker was part of a crew that caught and analyzed sharks. Paul Walker died in a car accident in Los Angeles in November 2013. He was traveling as a passenger with a racing driver friend of his, Roger Rodas. Rodas lost control of the vehicle due to excessive speed. Walker and Rodas both died at the scene of the accident. The accident happened during the filming of the seventh part “The Fast and the Furious”. Paul’s brother Cody and Caleb doubled as stand-ins for the remainder of the shoot. Walker leaves a minor daughter to whom he left his entire Net Worth.