Paul Walker Biography, Untold Stories, Net Worth & Death

Full  Biography of Paul Walker

Birthday: September 12, 1973
Nationality: American
Also Known As: Paul William Walker IV, Paul W. Walker
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died At Age: 40
Born In: Glendale
Famous As: Actor
Spouse/Ex-: Rebecca Soteros
Father: Paul Walker III
Mother: Cheryl Walker
Siblings: Amie Walker, Ashlie Walker, Caleb Walker, Cody Walker
Children: Meadow Rain Walker
Religion: Mormonism
Died On: November 30, 2013
Place Of Death: Valencia
City, States, Provinces & Districts: California
Cause Of Death: Car Accident

This biography of Paul Walker provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements, works, timeline and death.

 

Who is Paul Walker?

Raised in Glendale, California, Paul William Walker Four. He and his brothers, Caleb and Cody, and his sisters, Ashlie and Amie, grew up. Their parents, a drainage contractor, Paul William Walker III, and a model, Cheryl (Crabtree) Walker, split around September 2004.

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His grandfather, William Walker, was a survivor of Pearl Harbor and a middleweight boxing champion of the Navy, while his maternal grandfather was leading a tank battalion during World War II in Italy under General Patton.

Paul grew up active in sports like soccer and surfing. He had English and German ancestry.

Paul was cast for the first season of the family sitcom, Throb (1986) and began modeling until he received a script for the 1994 movie, Tammy and the T-Rex (1994).

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He attended high school at Village Christian High School in Sun Valley, California, graduating in 1991.
With encouragement from friends and an old casting agent who remembered him as a child, he decided to try his luck again with acting shortly after returning from College.

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He starred in Meet the Deedles (1998), a campy, silly but surprisingly fun film which failed to garner much attention. However, lack of attention would not be a problem for Paul Walker for long.

With Pleasantville (1998), he appeared in his first hit.As the town stud (a la 1950s) who more than meets his match in modern day Reese Witherspoon, he was one of the most memorable characters of the film.

Paul Walker Childhood Biography, Family & Facts

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That same year, Paul and his then-girlfriend Rebecca had a baby girl named Meadow Walker (Meadow Rain Walker). Even though Paul publicly admitted that Meadow was not planned, he said that she is his number one priority.

Paul and Rebecca separated and Meadow lives with her mother in Hawaii. She often visited Paul at his home in Santa Barbara and Huntington Beach, California.

Roles in the teen hits Varsity Blues (1999), She’s All That (1999) and The Skulls (2000) cemented Walker’s continued rise to celebrity. He was chosen to be one of the young stars featured on the cover of Vanity Fair’s annual Hollywood issue in April 2000. While the other stars on the cover, brooded and tried their best to look sexy and serious, Paul smiled brightly and showed why he is not part of the norm.

This is one young actor who certainly stood apart from the rest of the crowd, not only with his talent but with his attitude. The Dallas Morning News commented in March of 2000 that, “Paul is one of the rarest birds in Hollywood- a pretension free movie star.” The latest blockbuster hit, The Fast and the Furious (2001), had raised his stardom to an even higher level.

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His film battle scenes contribute to a martial arts passion. He practiced Jujitsu, Taekwondo, Jeet Kune Do and Eskrima in various forms. Paul stated in a magazine interview that when it comes to the United States, he had hoped to participate in the Keysi Combat Process.

Apart from studying martial arts, Paul and his friend, Meadow Rain, enjoyed relaxing at home, surfing near his home in Huntington Beach, walking his dogs and just driving.

Paul Walker Childhood Biography, Family & Facts

When Paul seriously did get a break from the entertainment business, he said he loved traveling. Paul had traveled to India, Fiji, Costa Rica, Sarawak, Brunei, Borneo and other parts of the Asian continent. Tragically, Paul Walker died in a car crash on Saturday November 30, 2013, after attending a charity event for “Reach Out Worldwide“.

Several of Paul’s films were released after his death, include Hours (2013), Brick Mansions(2014), and his final starring role in The Fast and the Furious series, Furious 7 (2015), part of which was completed after his death. The film’s closing scenes paid tribute to Walker, whose character met with a happy ending, and rode off into the sunset.

Paul Walker’s Daughter Meadow Settles With Porsche in Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Meadow and her lawyers alleged that the Porsche Carrera GT “lacked safety features…that could have prevented the accident or, at a minimum, allowed Paul Walker to survive the crash.”

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The suit alleged that Porsche knew that the specific car in Paul’s case “had a history of instability and control issues.” The company, however, reportedly “failed to install its electronic stability control system, which is specifically designed to protect against the swerving actions inherent in hyper-sensitive vehicles of this type.”

For those who don’t recall, law enforcement ruled the cause of the crash was a result of speeding at rates between 80 and 93 MPH. However, according to the lawsuit, Paul’s driver Roger Rodas may have only been going between 63 and 71 MPH when he lost control.

The lawsuit alleged that a “defective” seat belt prevented Paul from escaping the vehicle before it caught on fire and that he was burned alive as a result.

“The bottom line is that the Porsche Carrera GT is a dangerous car,” Meadow’s lawyer Jeff Milam said in a statement to E! News in 2015. “It doesn’t belong on the street. And we shouldn’t be without Paul Walker or his friend, Roger Rodas.”
Meadow was awarded $10.1 million by the estate of Rodas in 2016.

At the time, Milam released the following statement on behalf of his client, “The amount paid by the estate of Roger Rodas into a trust for Meadow Walker only covers a fraction of what her father would have earned as an international movie star had his life not tragically been cut short.”

His statement continued, “Through his estate, Mr. Rodas, the driver of the car, took partial responsibility for the crash. Meadow’s lawsuit against Porsche AG—a $13 billion corporation—intends to hold the company responsibly for producing a vehicle that was defective and caused Paul Walker’s death.”It appears as if that’s just what Milam did.

Paul Walker’s Career

In 1993, Paul Walker played Brandon Collins on the CBS soap opera ‘The Young and the Restless’. This role got him noticed for his good looks and acting skills, and earned him a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a soap opera at the Youth in Film Awards.

Paul Walker Biography, Untold Stories, Net Worth & Death

Paul suited up alongside Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson for the London premiere of Fast & Furious 6 in May 2013.

He starred along with Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, William H. Macy, J. T. Walsh, and Reese Witherspoon in the 1998 fantasy comedy-drama film ‘Pleasantville’. The movie was a big hit and Walker started receiving more offers following the film’s success.

After appearing in movies like ‘Varsity Blues’ (1999), ‘She’s All That’ (1999), and ‘The Skulls’ (2000), Paul Walker was chosen to play the protagonist—undercover cop Brian O’Conner—in the action film ‘The Fast and the Furious’, the first film in the franchise.
He co-starred with Vin Diesel who would become one of his best friends over the years. The film proved to be a great commercial success and spawned several sequels in which Walker reprised his role.

In 2005, he appeared in the action film, ‘Into the Blue’ in which he was paired opposite Jessica Alba. The film was a box-office flop and received negative reviews.

Walker bounced back to being a bankable star with the family drama ‘Eight Below’ (2006) in which he played Jerry Shepard, a guide at an Antarctica research base under contract with the National Science Foundation. A Walt Disney production, the film opened at #1 and was a huge commercial success.

He portrayed a reformed criminal on parole who gets a second chance at life and begins work at a psychiatric hospital in the thriller film ‘The Lazarus Project’ in 2008.
He began the year 2013 on a good note and appeared in several movies including ‘Vehicle 9’, ‘Fast & Furious 6’, and ‘Pawn Shop Chronicles’. He was in the midst of filming ‘Furious 7’ at the time of his untimely death in November 2013.

Paul Walker’s daughter launches marine science foundation in honor of late actor’s 42nd birthday

Major Works

He is best remembered for his role as Brian O’Conner, the main protagonist, in ‘The Fast and the Furious’ film franchise. He played the role of an undercover cop who must stop semi-truck hijackers from stealing expensive electronic equipment. This was the role that established Paul Walker as an accomplished Hollywood star.

Paul Walker Childhood, Education & Early Life

His parents were Cheryl Crabtree and Paul William Walker III. His mother was a fashion model while his father was a sewer contractor and a fighter. He had four younger siblings.

He began modeling as a toddler and starred in a television commercial for Pampers. As he grew up, he began taking up roles in television series such as ‘Charles in Charge’, ‘Highway to Heaven’ and ‘Who’s the Boss’.

He made his film debut in 1986 when he was selected to play the role of “Professor” Bennett in the horror/comedy film ‘Monster in the Closet’. The next year he appeared in ‘The Retailiator’ (aka Programmed to Kill), a low budget cyborg action film.

He graduated from Sun Valley’s Village Christian School in 1991and attended several community colleges in Southern California, majoring in marine biology. He was a fan of marine biologist Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

Even though he had a genuine interest in marine biology, he realized that he was more passionate about acting and decided to pursue acting as a full-time career.

Paul walker Personal Quotes

“IF ONE DAY THE SPEED KILLS ME, DON’T CRY. BECAUSE I WAS SMILING”.

You know, all that really matters is that the people you love are happy and healthy. Everything else is just sprinkles on the sundae. – in Flaunt Magazine, July 2001.

Some people say that you should go to all the parties, to the nightclubs, the Viper Room, and make contacts, and I look at them and say, If you get caught up in that, it ruins you. Hollywood is garbage.
‘You don’t want to have contacts with those people.’ Look at what happened to River Phoenix (who died in 1993 of a drug overdose outside the Viper Room).
Surfing soothes me, it’s always been a kind of zen experience for me. The ocean is so magnificent, peaceful, and awesome. The rest of the world disappears for me when I’m on a wave.
I’m into being a dad, that’s where my focus is most of the time. I’m an actor that’s my job, but it’s not my life. I have a lot of other interests too.
I’m a dreamer. I’ve got this whole thing where I think I’m supposed to be a musician. I live by the seat of my pants, but I’d like to think that I’m also pretty sensible.
I want to get married. I think about it a lot. But I also think about my cars, so maybe my priorities aren’t exactly in line just yet.
Life’s too short. And the biggest curse is falling in love with somebody.
I like low maintenance, natural, outdoor, shy girls.

Awards & Achievements

He won the 2014 MTV Movie Award for best on-screen duo, with Vin Diesel for the movie ‘Fast & Furious 6’ (2013).

Paul Walker Salary Structure

The Fast and the Furious (2001):  $1,000,000
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003):  $7,000,000
Timeline (2003) : $3,000,000
Into the Blue (2005):  $8,500,000
Furious 6 (2013) : $15,000,000

Personal Life & Legacy

He was once in a relationship with Rebecca Soteros which resulted in the birth of a daughter, Meadow Walker.

Paul Walker died in a tragic car accident on November 30, 2013. The movie ‘Furious 7’ was in the middle of filming at the time of Walker’s death and was released more than a year after his death.

Walker was close friends with his ‘The Fast and the Furious’ co-stars Tyrese Gibson and Vin Diesel.  Diesel became Walker’s daughter Meadow’s godfather following Walker’s death.

Paul Walker Tragic Death

Paul Walker died after a car he was in crash, at over 100mph

Fast and Furious actor suffered major burns and trauma injuries when Porsche he was travelling in crashed in LA.

Paul Walker,  died after the car he was in crashed at a speed of more than 100mph and burst into flames.

Walker, 40, at that time, was found dead along with his friend and financial adviser Roger Rodas on 30 November, 2013 in a burnt-out Porsche Carrera GT in Los Angeles.

The coroner’s report said Walker died of the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries while Rodas, the driver, died of multiple traumatic injuries. No drugs or alcohol were detected in either men.

Kristy McCracken, the investigator for the Los Angeles coroner, described how the car was driving at unsafe speed in an easterly direction. “For an unknown reason the driver lost control of the vehicle and the vehicle partially spun around and began to travel in a south-easterly direction.

“The vehicle then struck a sidewalk and the driver’s side struck a tree and then a lightpoll. The force of these collisions caused the vehicle to spin 180 degrees and it continued to travel in an easterly direction,” the report states.

“The passenger side of the vehicle then struck a tree and it then burst into flames.

The coroner said the Porsche was found “totalled with major traffic collision damage all around and it appeared that the vehicle was almost split in half.” The report found no evidence of foul play.

Walker was still filming scenes for Fast and Furious 7 when the accident happened.

Walker and Rodas were the owners of a motor racing team and Rodas was also a professional driver.

Rodas was the CEO of automotive company Always Evolving, and they were in Walker’s 2005 Porsche Carrera GT when Roger lost control of the car and struck a tree.
Walker was one of Always Evolving’s owners, and Rodas was a former race car driver.
Was good friends with actor/singer Tyrese Gibson.
He had a tattoo of his daughter’s name, Meadow Walker, tattooed on the inside of his right wrist along with the Hawaiian state flower.
His organization ‘Charity Reach Out Worldwide’ is aimed at helping areas after natural disasters strike. He had left an event for his charity when he was involved in a fatal car accident.

Good friends with Jesse Brisendine. Jesse is a personal trainer and life coach in Santa Barbara. The two traveled the world together. He once told Jesse on his tombstone we would want “He was a good guy and a kind person.”

Tyrese Gibson, went to the site of Paul’s death and broke down in tears. He took with him a piece of wreckage as remembrance. 

Vin Diesel went to the site of Paul’s death and spoke kind words over a loud speaker from a police officers car. He said,

“I just want to say to all of you, if my brother were here right now and he saw all of the love you are bringing here”,Vin said.

“If he could see for himself that all of you have shown up to show my brother love… at this hard time, his family gets to see all of you show the love that you’ve shown Paul. It’s going to stay with me, forever. I just wanted to say thank you.

Thank you for coming down here and showing that angel up in heaven how much you appreciate him”.

Before the private memorial service for Paul’s family and the cast and crew of the Fast & Furious series, police made fans vacate the area. A permit was obtained by Universal to shutdown the streets surrounding the crash site from 7pm until 10pm for the service, on December 2, 2013.

 

Paul Walker Movies

1. Running Scared (2006)

(Thriller, Drama, Action, Crime)

2. Into The Blue
(Thriller, Adventure)

3. Fast Five (2011)

(Crime, Thriller, Action)

4. Furious 6 (2013)

(Thriller, Crime, Action)

5. Furious Seven (2015)

(Action, Thriller, Crime)

6. Pleasantville (1998)

(Comedy, Fantasy, Drama)

7. Eight Below (2006)

(Family, Adventure, Drama)

8. Flags of Our Fathers (2006)

(War, History, Drama)

9. The Fast and the Furious (2001)

(Thriller, Crime, Action)

10. Brick Mansion

(Thriller, Drama, Action, Crime)

 

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Trivia

Paul Walker was the founder of “Reach Out Worldwide” (ROWW), an organization for providing relief efforts to regions devastated by natural disasters like earthquakes and hurricanes.

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