Paul William Walker IV (September 12, 1973 – November 30, 2013) was an American actor and philanthropist. He is best known for his role as Brian OConner in The Fast and the Furious franchise.
Walker begun his career as a child actor in the 1970s and 1980s, but first gained recognition in the early 1990s after featuring in the television soap opera The Young and the Restless. He soon transitioned into film, and received praise in 1999 for his performances in the teen films Shes All That and Varsity Blues, which helped kickstart his career. Walker then gained international fame after starring in The Fast and the Furious.
He subsequently gained commercial success in a number of other action and thriller films, enjoying critical praise for his performances in Joy Ride (2001), Into the Blue (2005), and Running Scared (2006). Walker also enjoyed critical and commercial success in other genres, such as for the survival drama Eight Below (2006), and the war film Flags of Our Fathers (2006).
Later in his career, Walker featured as a presenter for the marine biology series Expedition Great White and became known for his philanthropic efforts, founding the disaster-relief charity Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW) in 2010.Walker died on November 30, 2013, at the age of 40 as a passenger in a single-car crash alongside friend and driver Roger Rodas. Walkers father and daughter filed separate wrongful death lawsuits against Porsche, which resulted in settlements. At the time of his death, Walker hadnt completed filming for Furious 7 (2015), and it was delayed for rewrites. The song See You Again, performed by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, was commissioned for the Furious 7 soundtrack as a tribute to Walker.