Paul William Walker IV
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Paul William Walker IV (born September 12, 1973) is an American actor. He became well known in 1999 after his role in the hit film Varsity Blues. He is also known for starring in the surprise summer hit The Fast and the Furious. His other films include Eight Below, Into the Blue, She's All That and Takers. The films he has starred in have grossed more than $1.7 billion. He also appears in the National Geographic Channel series Expedition Great White..

Early life
Walker was born in Glendale, California and raised in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles County, the son of Cheryl, a fashion model, and Paul Walker III, a sewer contractor.His ancestry includes Irish, English, and German.His paternal grandfather was a professional boxer “Irish Willy Balker”.He is the oldest of five, having two brothers and two sisters.Walker was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, or Mormon, church.He attended and graduated from Village Christian School.After high school, he attended several community colleges where he majored in marine biology.
Walker's small-screen career began as a toddler, when he starred in a television commercial for Pampers. He began modeling at the age of 2 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'. Also in 1985 he starred in a commercial for "Showbiz Pizza".
Walker's film career began in 1986, with the horror/comedy film Monster in the Closet. He and his sister Ashlie were contestants on a 1988 episode of the game show I'm Telling!, finishing in second place. He continued with roles in several other movies without much success: it was not until 1998 that Walker made his feature film debut in the comedy Meet the Deedles, which finally gained him fame. This subsequently led to supporting roles in the movies Pleasantville, Varsity Blues, She's All That, and The Skulls.
In 2001, Walker's breakthrough role arrived when he starred opposite actor Vin Diesel in the successful 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, and also had a supporting role in Clint Eastwood's 2006 adaptation of Flags of Our Fathers.
Walker then starred in the crime thriller Running Scared and Walt Disney Pictures' Eight Below, both released in 2006. Eight Below garnered critical-acclaim and opened in first place at the box office, grossing over US$20 million during its first weekend.During the filming of Running Scared, director Wayne Kramer stated that "[Walker] is that guy on some level" when comparing Walker with his character in the movie, Joey Gazelle. Kramer continued on to say that he "loved working with [Walker] because as a director he's completely supportive of my vision of what the film is. And even better, he's completely game for it."
Walker starred in the independent film The Lazarus Project, which was released on DVD on October 21, 2008. He subsequently returned to The Fast and the Furious franchise, reprising his role in Fast & Furious, which was released on April 3, 2009. Walker then appeared with T.I., Idris Elba, Chris Brown, Matt Dillon, and Hayden Christensen in the crime drama Takers, which began filming in early September 2008 and was released in August 2010.
The Coty Prestige fragrance brand Davidoff Cool Water for Men announced in January 2011 that Walker was going to be the new face of the brand as of July 2011.[13] Also in 2011, he reprised his role in the fifth installment of The Fast and the Furious series, Fast Five.
Personal life
Walker currently resides in the Santa Barbara, California, with his dogs, one of which is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever.Paul and his then-girlfriend Rebecca have a daughter, Meadow (born on November 4, 1998), who has moved from Hawaii to California to be closer to Walker.He is an avid surfer and enjoys the beach. Walker holds a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo "Franjinha" Miller at Paragon Jiu-Jitsu.
Walker's first passion was Vin Diesel, with his idol being Vin Diesel,and he joined the Board of Directors of The Billfish Foundation in 2006.He recently fulfilled a lifelong dream by starring in a National Geographic Channel series Expedition Great White, which premiered in June 2010. He spent 11 days as part of the crew, catching and tagging 7 great white sharks off the coast of Mexico.The expedition, led by Chris Fischer, founder and CEO of Fischer Productions, along with Captain Brett McBride and Dr. Michael Domeier of the Marine Conservation Science Institute take measurements, gather DNA samples, and fasten real-time satellite tags to the great white sharks. This will allow Dr. Michael Domeier to study migratory patterns especially those associated with mating and birthing over a 5-year period of time.
In March 2010, Walker went to Chile, specifically to Constitución, 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 IN Worldwide, to Haiti to lend a helping hand to the 2010 Haiti earthquake victims. He is also an avid car enthusiast who currently competes in the Redline Time Attack racing series in which he races a M3 E92 and is on the AE Performance Team. His car is currently sponsored by Etnies, Brembo Brakes, Ohlins, Volk, OS Giken, Hankook, Gintani, and Reach Out Worldwide.
Walker has also owned a Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R V-Spec II, that was featured in 2 Fast 2 Furious, driven by his character Brian O'Conner. He had customized the car himself for the movie, and also did many stunts in the movie himself.

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Monster in the Closet 'Professor' Bennett  
1987 Programmed to Kill Jason  
1994 Tammy and the T-Rex Michael  
1998 Meet the Deedles Phil Deedle  
1998 Pleasantville Skip Martin  
1999 Varsity Blues Lance Harbor  
1999 She's All That Dean Sampson  
1999 Brokedown Palace Jason uncredited
2000 Skulls, TheThe Skulls Caleb Mandrake  
2001 Fast and the Furious, The The Fast and the Furious Brian O'Conner  
2001 Joy Ride Lewis Thomas  
2002 Life Makes Sense If You're Famous Mikey  
2003 Turbo-Charged Prelude Brian O'Conner 6 minute short film introductory film for 2 Fast 2 Furious
2003 2 Fast 2 Furious Brian O'Conner  
2003 Timeline Chris Johnston  
2004 Noel Mike Riley  
2005 Into the Blue Jared  
2006 Running Scared Joey Gazelle  
2006 Eight Below Jerry Shepard  
2006 Flags of Our Fathers Hank Hansen  
2007 Stories USA Mikey  
2007 Death and Life of Bobby Z, TheThe Death and Life of Bobby Z Tim Kearney  
2008 Lazarus Project, TheThe Lazarus Project Ben Garvey  
2009 Fast & Furious Brian O'Conner  
2010 Takers John Rahway  
2011 Fast Five Brian O'Conner  
2012 Vehicle 19 TBA  
2013 Fast Six Brian O'Conner  
Year Title Role Notes
1985 Highway to Heaven Eric Travers 1 episode
1986 Highway to Heaven Todd Bryant 2 episodes
Throb Jeremy Beatty 23 episodes
1988 I'm Telling! Contestant 1 episode.
1990 Charles in Charge Russell Davis 1 episode
1991 Who's the Boss? Michael Haynes 1 episode
Young and the Restless, TheThe Young and the Restless Brandon Collins  
1994 CBS Schoolbreak Special Dill 1 episode
1994 Boys Are Back, TheThe Boys Are Back Jesse Hansen Pilot episode
1996 Touched by an Angel Jonathan 1 episode

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