Paul Walker

Paul Walker

American actor

Background:

“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, ‘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). If you get caught up in
that, it ruins you. Hollywood is garbage.” Paul Walker

Tall and athletic, with blond All-American good looks, movie star Paul Walker
burst onto the scene with the 2001 blockbuster The Fast and the Furious, playing
detective Brian O’Conner, opposite Vin Diesel. For his efforts, Walker picked up
a Young Hollywood award, a Hollywood Film Festival award and a MTV Movie award.
Initially gaining attention as earnest basketball player Skip Martin in the
successful Pleasantville (1998), the football team’s star quarterback Lance
Harbor in the box office hit Varsity Blues (1999) and the friend and rival of
Freddie Prinze Jr.’s BMOC Zach Siler in the notable She’s All That (1999),
Walker, with newfound fame, continues his victory with a Furious installment, 2
Fast 2 Furious (2003) and the blockbuster smash hit Eight Below (2006). His
recent and forthcoming film credits include the critical-praised Joyride (2001),
the big budget bomb Timeline (2003), the Christmas drama Noel (2004), Into the
Blue (2005), Running Scared (2006), The Death and Life of Bobby Z (2006), Clint
Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers (2006) and Papa (2006).

Blonde-haired, blue-eyed Walker was one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful
People in the World” (2001). He has a Labrador, a Chesapeake Bay puppy and a
horse named Cowboy. In addition, Walker, who was paid $7,000,000 for 2 Fast 2
Furious (2003), owns the Nissan Skyline R34 which he used in the film. As for
his private life, Walker is currently dating actress Bliss Ellis, whom he met
while filming Varsity Blues, in which Ellis was an extra. He has a daughter
named Meadow Rain (born January 28, 1999) from a former girlfriend. Meadow lives
with her mother in Hawaii.

“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.” Paul Walker


Pretty Boy

Childhood and Family:

Born Paul W. Walker Jr. on September 12, 1973, in Glendale, California, Paul
Walker was raised as the eldest of four children to Paul W. Walker Sr. (a
retired sewer contractor) and Cheryl Crabtree (a former fashion model) in the
San Fernando Valley. He has two brothers, Cody and Caleb, and one sister named
Ashlie. His paternal grandfather, William Walker, was a professional boxer of
Irish descent.

Paul Walker, whose nicknames are The Vagrant or Pretty Boy, was introduced into
the world of entertainment early by his mother, who had links with the business
due to her modeling.

He graduated in 1991 from Village Christian High School, where he was active in
a variety of sports. He went on to study marine biology at California community
colleges. Wanting to follow his heart, Paul left college to focus on his acting
career.
Paul now resides in Santa Barbara and Huntington Beach, California, where he can
surf every day. His other hobbies include skiing, snow boarding, soccer, bowling
and miniature golf. He also enjoys traveling and has visited countries like
India, Fiji and Costa Rica. He became the father of a daughter named Meadow
Walker (born in 1999) from a relationship with his former girlfriend.


Eight Below

Career:

Encouraged by his model-mother, Paul Walker got his start as a child model in
commercials for Pampers before being seen in guest roles on various TV shows,
including “Highway to Heaven” (1985-1986), “I’m Telling (1989), and “Charles in
Charge” (1990). Paul also had a year-long regular role as Diana Canova’s
teenaged son in the syndicated series “Throb.” His film debut came at age 14
with a small turn as ‘Professor’ Bennett in the horror spoof Monster in the
Closet, and next appeared in the “B-movie” Programmed to Kill, that same year.
Concentrating on school, young Walker took time off, though still managed to
make a guest appearance in ‘Who's the Boss” (1991). He returned to television
two years later with the recurring role of Brandon Collins on the CBS
long-running soap “The Young and the Restless” and went on to appear in another
“B-movie” Tammy and the T-Rex (1994). Dividing his time between acting and
school, Walker finally made up his mind to cut short his dreams of becoming a
marine biologist to focus solely on acting after guest starring in an episode of
“Touch by Angel” in 1996.

Walker gained his first leading role as surfer Phil Deedle in the
Disney-produced comedy Meet the Deedles (1998). Despite earning experience
acting with the legendary Dennis Hopper, the film failed to break into the Box
Office chart. The actor then won notice for his portrayal of high school
basketball star Skip Martin, opposite Reese Witherspoon, in the well-received
Pleasantville (1998). After the fine performance, Walker’s career began to take
flight. In the following year, his classic “jock-next-door” look once again won
Walker a film role, this time as football quarterback Lance Harbor, opposite
James Van Der Beek and Amy Smart, in the box-office success Varsity Blues. With
Brian Robbins directing, the actor did an excellent job of portraying the fall
of an ill-treated local hero who has little left when his high school football
career is sidelined. It was followed by another notable performance in the
remarkable comedy film She’s All That (1999), where Paul played Freddie Prinze
Jr.’s unsympathetic friend and rival Dean Sampson. The film also starred Rachael
Leigh Cook and Matthew Lillard. Walker rounded out the year with a cameo role as
Claire Danes’ boyfriend Jason in the drama Brokedown Palace.

A film role knocked on Walker’s door in the new millennium and Paul costarred
with Joshua Jackson in the B-level thriller The Skulls (2000) for director Rob
Cohen. His biggest breakthrough, however, arrived in the following year when he
was cast in the starring role of Brian O’Conner, a detective creeping into a
ring of street-racing car thieves led by Vin Diesel, in Cohen’s next movie, the
action-thriller The Fast and the Furious. Debuting with little flourish or
expectation, the film turned into a surprise hit. As for Walker, who did most of
his own car stunts, he was handed such awards as a Young Hollywood for New Style
Maker, a Hollywood Film Festival for Breakthrough Male Performance and a MTV
Movie for Best On-Screen Team (shared with Vin Diesel), as well as was nominated
for Breakthrough Male Performance at the MTV Movie Awards for his bright
performance in the film. Although his star did not ascend as dramatically as his
costar Diesel’s, Walker established a reputation for himself as a notable film
star and leading man.

The same year, Walker also costarred opposite Steve Zahn in another auto-focused
thriller called Joyride. While it did not fare as well as The Fast and the
Furious, the film received very positive reviews from film critics. After
filming a short film, Life Makes Sense If You’re Famous (2002), the actor
reprised his role of Brian O’Conner for the sequel 2 Fast, 2 Furious (2003),
this time starring alongside Tyrese Gibson and under the direction of John
Singleton. Next, Walker was seen as one of the scientists traveling in time to
14th century France in the big budget flop Timeline (2003), supported Penélope
Cruz and Susan Sarandon in the Christmas drama Noel (2004) and starred with
Jessica Alba in the John Stockwell-helmed Into the Blue (2005). Despite the
attractive premise and appealing cast, the treasure hunt thriller film was
ridiculed by critics.

Recently, 33-year-old Walker starred in two movies, Running Scared (2006), an
action thriller directed by Wayne Kramer, and Frank Marshall’s Eight Below
(2006), an adventure set in Antarctica. The latter film opened to strong
reviews, peaking at No. 1 at the box office while earning over $24 million
during its first four days of release. He will soon star alongside Laurence
Fishburne and Jason Lewis in John Herzfeld’s film adaptation of Don Winslow’s
The Death and Life of Bobby Z (2006) and appear in Clint Eastwood’s World War II
epic Flags of Our Fathers (2006). Walker is also set to star with Anthony
Hopkins and Meg Ryan in the upcoming Papa (2006).


Awards:

MTV Movie: Best On-Screen Team, The Fast and the Furious, shared with
Vin Diesel, 2002
Hollywood Film Festival: Hollywood Discovery Award, Breakthrough Male
Performance, 2001
Young Hollywood: New Style maker – Male, 2001
Young Hollywood: Exciting New Face – Male, 2000
There's a lot of guys that just get comfortable with their positions and rest on their laurels. I had to earn my way.More Paul Walker quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
My parents never looked at my acting as a career. They saw it as a way to help provide for the household.More Paul Walker quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I hope I'm in a position to make stuff that I really want to make as opposed to stuff that I just have to make for money reasons, or to sustain a certain marquee value.More Paul Walker quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
People are concerned over safety and spillage, especially for the workers. Were all really hopeful even though we remain deeply concerned over the safety and the efficacy of an unproven technology.More Paul Walker quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
“Look how much information we lost. We went from 500 pages to 120. When you're losing information, it's the details that make things really, really, cool I think. Unfortunately, you can't make a five-hour movie.”More Paul Walker quotes [07/05/2006 12:07:00]

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