Well known and talented actor, model and philanthropist famous for his speedy stardom with popular franchise “Fast and Furious,” Paul Walker is remembered by his films and compassion through charity work. The young star was taken too soon after suffering in a fatal car accident.
On Nov. 30, Walker was the passenger in his close friend Roger Rodas’ 2005 Porsche Carrerra GT. Rodas lost control of the $450,000 luxury vehicle and slammed into a pole, causing the vehicle to immediately burst into flames that killed both himself and Walker.
“A notoriously difficult vehicle to handle, even for professional drivers,” according to Autoweek magazine, the GT Carrerra is frequently viewed as a “scary” motorized vehicle.
Walker has been a staple of television since the late 80s, appearing on shows such as “The Young and the Restless” and “Touched by an Angel.” In his breakthrough film role, he’d capture the hearts of millions of teenaged girls playing the attractive, manipulative and witty best friend of Freddie Prinze Jr. in “She’s All That.” Further appearances in films like “Varsity Blues” and, of course, the action packed “Fast and Furious” series cemented Walker’s international fame and stardom.
Walker soon became known for his popular character Brian O’Conner, an LAPD undercover detective who is assigned to solve a series of hijack robberies involving semi-trucks around the L.A. area. O’Conner meets Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and becomes involved with him and his defiant crew involuntarily when he’s romantically linked to Toretto’s sister. O’Conner is later conflicted between solving his assigned case and bringing down Toretto and his crew or preserving his reputation on the police force.
Though he appeared and co-starred in five of the six “Fast and Furious” sequels, Walker’s honorary accolades stretched beyond the movie scene. Walker founded the Reach Out World Wide Foundation, which he described as “a network of professionalism with first responder skill sets who argue local expertise when natural disasters strike in order to accelerate relief efforts.”
ROWW is a non-profit organization of skilled volunteers who commit to helping and responding to disasters to help facilitate those in need of assistance.
Offering accelerated relief, ROWW’s goal of “quick arrival, clearing access, providing basic necessities and medical assistance to ease survivors’ pain and bring hope in the bleakest of circumstances,” was never a shortcoming.
“ROWW operates on a philosophy that by making a difference in just one person’s life, the world has been changed for the better,” stated Walker.
Walker is survived by his 15-year old daughter, Meadow Rain Walker, who was left with a $25 million estate, previously owned by her father.
An incredible star gone too soon, Walker is remembered and appreciated by many, from his fans to the grateful refugees he’s saved and given hope to. Just like he displayed in his films, hard work may go unnoticed, but dedication is forever remembered.