Paul Walker’s first movie role was in the 1986 horror-comedy Monster in the Closet. It was also the first role for another big celebrity: Fergie from The Black Eyed Peas. In the movie, Walker plays a clever boy who helps a professor and a reporter take down a closet monster.
Paul Walker began his career on television in the mid-80s. In Highway to Heaven, Walker played a mentally-challenged boy in the Special Olympics. He also had a minor role in Touched by an Angel and Who’s the Boss?
In 1992, Walker had his first big break with his role in The Young and the Restless. He and his co-star Heather Tom were nominated for “Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Soap Opera” for their roles.
Growing up in Southern California, Walker loved the ocean. He looked up to Jacques-Yves Cousteau and majored in marine biology in college. He is especially interested in sharks. In July 2013, Walker participated in Discovery’s Shark Week in a special called Spawn of Jaws. Here Walker is sitting with renowned marine biologist, Dr. Michael Domeier.
With that beautiful face, it’s no surprise that Paul Walker did some modeling. In 2011, he was the face of Davidoff Cool Water for their Love the Ocean campaign in partnership with National Geographic. What good cause doesn’t go well with a steamy fragrance commercial? You can watch it here.
Paul Walker was a major fan of martial arts. He loved the UFC and he had a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. When Walker passed away in 2013, his Jiu-Jitsu instructor Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller posthumously awarded him a black belt.
He may not have landed the lead in the Star Wars prequels, but he did extremely well in another popular franchise: The Fast and the Furious. He starred as policeman Brian O’Conner in seven films from the franchise. Walker had a great love of street racing in real life, too. He drove his own Nissan Skyline R34 in the film 2 Fast 2 Furious.
Paul Walker’s 2 Fast 2 Furious co-star Tyrese Gibson said that he and Walker bonded over a woman they were both sleeping with. “Well, the first moment me and him really broke the ice is when we found out we were sleeping with the same girl in Miami,” Gibson said. “It was a bromance forever after that.”
Paul Walker and Vin Diesel became best friends during their work in the Fast and Furious franchise. When Diesel got word of Walker’s death, he flew straight back to California and went directly to Walker’s mother’s house. Walker’s mother said that Diesel lost his “other half.”
In honor of his departed best friend, Vin Diesel named his third child Pauline. He said that he had Paul in his mind all while he was in the delivery room. He said that he just wrote Paul’s name down on the birth certificate and just added “I-N-E.”
On Nov. 30, 2013, Walker died alongside his friend Roger Rodas in a horrific car accident. He was filming The Fast and the Furious 7at the time. Producers considered stopping production altogether, but they decided to finish the movie to honor Walker. Walker’s brothers stepped in to help finish some of Walker’s action scenes.