I probably fell in love with Paul Walker’s photo before I fell in love with him as an actor. That said, I’m not sure “in love” is the best term to use for how I feel about his typical “Fast & Furious” type movies. In 1998, I picked up his flick “The Lazarus Project” at the video rental store, most likely because his handsome face was plastered across the front cover of it. Still and all, I was impressed – not only by his astonishingly gorgeous good looks but also by the fine acting performance he delivered. I’ve since become more accustomed to his “bang, bang, shoot ‘em up” film style and am looking forward to seeing Paul in “The Fast and the Furious” Number Umpteen whenever it gets released.
Paul William Walker IV was born on September 12th, 1973, in Glendale, California, and was raised in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles. He is the oldest of five children, having two brothers and two sisters. Paul studied marine biology in college.
Paul’s small-screen career began when he was only a toddler as he starred in a television commercial for Pampers. He began modeling at the age of two and began working on television shows in 1985, with roles in shows such as “Highway to Heaven”; “Who’s the Boss?”; “The Young and the Restless” and “Touched by an Angel.”
In 2001, Walker’s breakthrough role arrived when he starred opposite Vin Diesel in the big hit action film “The Fast and the Furious.” The film established Walker as a notable film star and leading man and led to his reprisal of the role in the 2003 sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious. He continued his career with leading roles in films such as “Joy Ride”; “Into the Blue”; and “Timeline.” Paul also landed a supporting role in Clint Eastwood’s 2006 adaptation of “Flags of Our Fathers.” Paul auditioned for the role of Anakin Skywalker in “Star Wars,” but was considered too old for the part. He has said it was the only role he’s ever really wanted.
Paul’s first passion has always been marine biology, with his idol being Jacques Cousteau. He recently fulfilled a lifelong dream by starring in a National Geographic Channel series “Expedition Great White,” where he spent 11 days as part of the crew, catching and tagging 7 great white sharks off the coast of Mexico. Forever the humanitarian, Paul traveled to Constitution, Chile, in March of 2010, to offer his help and support to the people injured in the 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck on February 27. He also flew with his humanitarian aid team, REACH OUT Worldwide, to Haiti to lend a helping hand to the 2010 earthquake victims there.
In January 2011, the Coty Prestige fragrance brand Davidoff Cool Water for Men announced Paul as the new face (and body!) of the brand.
Also in 2011, Paul reprised his role as Brian O’Conner in the fifth installment of the “Fast and Furious” series, “Fast Five” and is currently in the midst of filming “The Fast and The Furious Six.”
In the July 2011 issue of Flaunt Magazine, Paul sums up his outlook on life:
You know, all that really matters is that the people you love are happy and healthy. Everything else is just sprinkles on the sundae.”