Fast & Furious star Paul Walker passed away in a tragic car accident in 2013, just months after his 40th birthday. Walker certainly left a mark on the movie scene, and not only does he live on in the hearts of his fans, he also lives on in the hearts of a subculture consisted of so-called ‘car people’, or automobile enthusiasts.
As I mentioned before, Paul Walker’s most prominent role was in the Fast & Furious franchise, where he portrayed Brian O’Connor, a (later on ex) police officer who went undercover as a street racer to learn about crimes committed by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his team. The movie series not only transformed Walker and Diesel into best friends in character, but they also became best friends out of character as well.
And how ironic is it that Paul Walker was once quoted as saying “If the speed kills me one day, don’t cry because I was smiling.” Brings tears to my eyes just writing these words.
This year, Paul Walker would have been 44, but sadly, this year marks 4 years after his passing. So, here are 12 amazing thing you didn’t know about the late Paul Walker.
1. He began his acting career very early on.
Paul’s first appearance was actually as a toddler in a 1970s Pampers commercial.
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2. By the time he turned 11, his TV acting career was well underway.
He already made appearances in Throb, Highway To Heaven and Touched By An Angel.
That last one is a bit ironic considering that the guy had blonde hair and blue eyes (though his hair gradually darkened as he got older)
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3. His first film role was Monster In The Closet
In this 1987 movie (meaning he would have been 16 or 17 at the time of filming), he played the role of “Professor” Bennett.
While he barely looks the same as the last time we saw him, you can definitely tell that this is actually Paul himself.
Source: ET Online
4. He majored in marine biology
Paul attended several community colleges in California, and ended up majoring in marine biology. He also really idolized French explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
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5. Walker possessed a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
For those that don’t know, in martial arts, brown belt is one below the absolute best, which is the black belt. This means that Paul could probably give you a good kicking if he had the reason.
The fighting skills run in the family, as it turns out…
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6. His father is a skilled boxer and possesses two Golden Gloves rewards
His grandfather also had a successful career in boxing under the nickname “Irish” Billie Walker.
Source: Boxing News Online
7. Vin Diesel named his daughter after his best friend.
Now this here is real friendship. Around two years after the death of his longtime best friend, in 2015, Vin welcomed the arrival of his daughter, and he named her Paulina in honor of Paul.
That’s the friendship of dreams right there. As I mentioned before, the two became really close on the set of the Fast & Furious movies.
And, while we’re at tying Vin Diesel’s kids with Walker – Diesel’s 8-year-old daughter Hania Riley also trains Brazilian jiu-jitsu just like Paul did. Last time I heard, she had an orange belt, but she might have moved up in the ranks. Not too sure.
8. As soon as Diesel heard the news about the passing of his friend, he flew straight back to his mother’s house.
The actual story is amazing.
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9. He auditioned for the role of Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels.
He stated that that was one role he truly wanted, but the producers of the prequels decided that he was too old to play the part. Shame, really.
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10. He really didn’t like to watch himself on screen.
Throughout his entire career, Paul would watch his movies only once.
11. He actually performed most of the stunts in the Fast & Furious movies himself.
Now that’s bravery. Yes, as hard as that may be to believe, Paul actually performed most of the stunts on the set of Fast and Furious on his own, and his brown belt helped him to even improvise some of the fight scenes.
One such example is at the beginning of 2 Fast 2 Furious, when he wins the street race and does the spectacular handbrake stop across the finish line. That was actually him. No stunt drivers, he did that all on his own.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
12. He loved to street race.
I know, like, WOW, I never thought of this.
He actually handpicked all the cars in the first Fast & Furious movie by himself. I don’t know what was going through his mind when he chose a Nissan Maxima and a VW Jetta for Vince and Jesse of all things, but oh well, those were the times I guess.
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And those are some facts about the late Paul Walker. Can’t believe it’s almost been 4 years since he passed. Remember the buster, guys.