Paul Walker Biography
Born: September 12, 1973
Date of Birth: September 12, 1973
Date of Death: November 30, 2013
Paul Walker was born in raised in Glendale, Southern California. He has two brothers, Caleb and Cody, and one sister, Ashlie, and started his career as a child, doing modeling and acting.
As a young man, he excelled at sports and picked up a passion for surfing. Walker has always maintained a sense of freedom and a carefree ideology. His friends nicknamed him "Vagrant" because he never stays in one place for long.
After graduating from Village Christian high school, Walker attended several community colleges and at first majored in Marine Biology. Walker considered various career possibilities including marine biology. But with experience in modeling, a number of television guest spots on shows like Who's The Boss?, Diff'rent Strokes and The Young and the Restless already to his credit, he decided acting was definitely the way to go.
Walker made his feature film debut in the outrageous comedy Meet The Deedles (1998), with Steve Van Wormer, A.J. Langer and Dennis Hopper. This campy, silly but surprisingly fun film failed to garner much attention.
Fortunately, his next film, Pleasantville (1998), with Reese Witherspoon and Tobey Maguire was a hit with critics and viewers, and landed Walker on the map. From there, his popularity continued to rise with strong performances in Brokedown Palace (1999), Varsity Blues (1999) and She's All That (1999).
In 2000, Walker co-starred with Joshua Jackson in The Skulls, and then went on the road to escape a psycho-killer in the thriller Squelch, but it was The Fast and the Furious (2001) that propelled him to stardom. He also starred in the sequel, 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003). More recently, he appeared in Fast & Furious 6 (2013), Brick Mansions (2014) and Furious 7 (2015).
In his spare time, Walker enjoyed surfing, snowboarding, skiing, snorkeling, sailboarding, sailing, shooting, and soccer. He has a daughter, Meadow, with an ex-girlfriend.
Walker died in a car crash on Saturday, November 30, 2013, when the Porsche he was a passenger in hit a tree and burst into flames. Both Walker and the driver were pronounced dead at the scene.