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R.I.P. Paul Walker (1973-2013)

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 30, 2013 10:17 PM
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"I love doing action. I'm still just a big kid. My favorite days are the days that I get to show up on a movie like this and I get to run and jump and blast dudes around, hop over fences," Paul Walker told Movies Online back in 2009 during the press run for "Fast & Furious." And certainly is his all too brief run at the movies, he got to do the very thing he loved in a variety of pictures, including one of the biggest franchises on the planet.

Sad news rolls in tonight, as Paul Walker has tragically passed away at the age of 40, following a car accident in southern California. TMZ reports (and have confirmed the news with his representatives, who have issued an official statement -- see below), the actor and another passenger lost their lives after they lost control of the vehicle they had been driving. The identity of the other victim of the accident has not yet been disclosed.

Walker was first in front of the camera at the age of 2, appearing in a TV commercial for Pampers, followed by a string of TV appearances before the young actor booked some movie roles that brought him more attention—in fare such as "Varsity Blues," "Pleasantville" and "The Skulls." However, it was his turn as Brian O'Conner in "The Fast & The Furious" that firmly established his career.

The action series—in which Walker has appeared in all but one of the films ("The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift")—anchored his career, leading him to star in a variety of genre thrillers and action flicks. "Joy Ride," "Into The Blue," "Running Scared" and "Takers" were indicative of the kinds of movies that Walker found his niche in, but it was "Fast & Furious" where he would continue to return to ongoing success.

Walker currently has two completed films awaiting release: the Hurricane Katrina thriller "Hours," and "Brick Mansions," the remake of "District B13." He was currently filming "Fast & Furious 7" for release next summer, though it's unclear how his passing will affect those plans at this point. Paul Walker is survived by his daughter Meadow Rain.

Statement from Paul Walker's official Facebook page: 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. He was a passenger in a friend's car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences. - #TeamPW

Statement from Universal Pictures: "All of us at Universal are heartbroken.  Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the FAST AND FURIOUS films, and to countless fans.  We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul's family."

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  • kevin Dixon | January 8, 2014 11:58 PMReply

    I love the he acted on the hit movies. Of the Fast and the Furious.
    Paul was a very very good actor. god bless him and his family. and all the love ones. he will be truly missed.

  • cat | December 5, 2013 7:44 PMReply

    i grew up watching fast and furious movies. i couldn't wait tio watch part 7 of the series. it is so shocking that paul walker passed away.a terrible tragedy, fast and furious won't be the same w/o such a remarklbele hero of the films. R.I.P. paul walker.

  • Michael Chaprazov | December 5, 2013 4:02 PMReply

    Goodbye Paul Walker!

    I said goodbye to you today.
    In my quick and very sudden way.
    A hidden tear was shed.

    Empty chair, an unspoken reminder of you.
    Great pain of so many goodbyes.

    You joined the others who paved the way for you.
    The leader, the song-man.
    The one who decided that he'd just had enough.
    Saying farewell to you all has been so tough.

    Those of us left behind, keep your memory alive.
    Working hard every day to help others survive.
    I try not to wake you, for there is no time.
    When trying to divide eight hours by nine.
    Chair no longer empty, a new soul to tend.
    Hidden tears suppressed.
    A new beginning to the end.
    Someone is waiting for me,
    Someone is alive today and will make a film, because film is my place and role.
    Sometimes we cry cause we can't save them all,
    God sometimes won't let us interfere when he calls.
    A baby's first breath when he looks at me,
    The joy of my first delivery.
    The tear i wipe a way with my own hands,
    Very quickly and suddenly came the end of my life. Fast and furious. Just as in an episode in the movie'' Fast & Furious ".
    The night seems so dark and the morning so bright.
    Who will i save ?
    Who will hold my hand during their last breath and without fear on my way to the kingdom of heaven?

    Who will enter this world of mine so sudden and rapid and severe shift?
    As a father, as an actor and mostly as a friend on set?
    Who? Who? Who?

    Rest in peace!!!

  • Kryspin | December 3, 2013 6:20 PMReply

    I found His Photos + 45 sec of crash

  • gawatcher | December 2, 2013 11:23 PMReply

    What a terrible tragedy. So sorry to learn of this. Much sympathy to his family.

  • droop | December 1, 2013 3:55 PMReply

    In other news 75000 people died of starvation and no one gives a shit. A below-average actor with no promise dies and everyone's day is ruined. What an empathetic species we are.

  • Washington | December 2, 2013 9:11 AM

    I guess we might as well just start killing ourselves in protest to all the suffering in the world then? I mean what do you want? I grieve for anyone born on this awful planet but Paul Walker improved my life with his cinematic contributions, I don't know the name of every person who dies every day, or what you want me to do about it.

  • Lucy | December 1, 2013 7:16 PM

    Oh and I don't think Paul was a below average actor I think he had talent and was a genuinely nice guy. He had promise. It's too bad DROOP you're so insensitive. But alas I don't think you care but yet you replied back. You seem to only care enough to snark on the internet about a decreased man instead of just saying something nice or nothing at all.

  • droop | December 1, 2013 6:45 PM

    "Who cares..." exactly.

  • Lucy | December 1, 2013 5:55 PM

    Just because people are sad about an actor death doesn't mean they don't care about people starving. Many People care about the millions out there dying around the world who are unknown. He's an Internationally known actor because of a popular franchise and so people obviously will say nice things and offer up condolences. Who cares if he was a below average actor with no promise he was a HUMAN being that matters like everyone else. You're callous.

  • TRAVIS BICKLE | December 1, 2013 3:48 PMReply

    his best performance

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  • 愛 | December 1, 2013 3:28 PMReply

    R.I.P Paul Walker

  • i will watch HOURS tonight | December 1, 2013 2:57 PMReply

    an underrated actor imo

    Brick Mansions (post-production)

    Fast & Furious 7 (in production)


    Vehicle 19

    Fast Five

    Flags of Our Fathers

    Running Scared

    Into the Blue


    The Fast and the Furious

    Brokedown Palace

    She's All That

    Varsity Blues


  • Paul | December 1, 2013 2:46 PMReply

    R.I.P my brother :''''(

  • julia | December 1, 2013 11:15 AMReply

    we will miss you soo much you will stay in our harts :(

  • Beaver Soley | December 1, 2013 11:12 AMReply

    RiP Paul over us u may be gone but not for gotten.

  • KT | December 1, 2013 10:52 AMReply

    R.I.P., homie.

  • noor | December 1, 2013 9:19 AMReply

    i love you

  • we very sad | December 1, 2013 8:44 AMReply

    i love you i'am very sad bcz of you :'(

  • Cry ;(( | December 1, 2013 7:41 AMReply

    Paul crash

  • Nickolas | December 1, 2013 6:37 AMReply

    In memory of Paul Walker (Brian O’Conner), Fast & Furious producers have provided for the fans the last scene he filmed for Fast 7. The scenes can be downloaded from:

  • Ali | December 1, 2013 4:40 AMReply

    ooo sheet :(

  • Zeel patel | December 1, 2013 3:14 AMReply

    I shokd 😔😔😔😔😔😔

  • Zeel patel | December 1, 2013 3:14 AMReply

    I shokd 😔😔😔😔😔😔

  • Zeel patel | December 1, 2013 3:12 AMReply

    I shokd 😔😔😔😔😔😔

  • mass | December 1, 2013 1:55 AMReply

    sad. I liked him, not really into his films... but I liked him. Tragic. And to everyone trying to make some fast and furious jokes, he wasn't the person driving to the charity event, it was his long time friend, Roger Rodas. So joke is on you.

    RIP to the both of them.

  • Rosie | December 1, 2013 12:56 AMReply

    I was very surprised by the news of his death. It's a pity, because I rather liked him very much.

  • Someone | December 1, 2013 12:02 AMReply

    "Too Fast , Too Furious"
    -John Walker-
    1973 - 2013

  • AnoonRIP | November 30, 2013 11:58 PMReply

    So? What happen to Fast Furious??
    Its funny, but give respect to him

  • Bakunin | November 30, 2013 11:23 PMReply

    He died fast and furiously!

  • Lou | November 30, 2013 11:29 PM

    So original.

  • simon | November 30, 2013 10:40 PMReply

    good because I personally express my condolences

  • Summer | November 30, 2013 10:24 PMReply


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