Hollywood was struck with the tragic death of actor Paul Walker on Saturday, who was best known for his leading role in the Fast and the Furious franchise. Paul died in a tragic car accident in Santa Clarita, California after he and a friend slammed into a light pole while driving a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT and were engulfed in flames. He was 40-years-old.
A rep for Paul confirmed the news on his Facebook page, writing, “It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.”
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As we remember Paul days following his sudden passing, we look back at his work in the entertainment industry. He got his start as a child actor starring in TV series’, such as Charles in Charge, Who’s the Boss and Young and the Restless.
It was in the ‘90s when Paul branched out into movies, with breakout roles in films like Pleasantville, Varsity Blues and She’s All That. Known for playing the big man on campus, he reached heartthrob status, capturing the hearts of women all over the world.
It was his role as Brian O’Conner in the Fast and the Furious franchise that helped him become well-known action star. Being a part of five of the six car racing films helped earn it the title of one of the most success film franchises of all time.
Paul had two movies to be released in 2014: Fast & Furious 7 and Brick Mansions. The actor was already in the middle of filming the upcoming F&F film, but Universal made the decision to continue on with the movie with major rewrites.
Hollywire sends our deepest condolences to Paul’s family and friends during this tragic time. He was a beloved actor, father, son and friend and his legacy with continue on.
Rest in peace, Paul.