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In this month's issue of The Hollywood Reporter, The Hunger Games director Gary Ross wrote a bit about casting Paul Walker in one of the actor's first roles: the naive jock Skip Martin in 1998's Pleasantville: But before I could even call him to tell him he had the part, Paul showed up in the casting office. He was broke back then — really broke — and he was coming back to pick up his 8-by-10 headshots. He figured if we were all done with them, he could save the money on having new ones printed. It's like reusing a plastic fork. »
- Lindsey Weber
Paul Walker died yesterday in a tragic car accident, and we're still reeling from the devastating news. Walker has been a favorite of ours since he appeared alongside Reese Witherspoon in 1998's Pleasantville. A solid actor with all-American looks and a big heart, Walker will always hold a special place in our hearts. He could melt you with his smile and could even make you fall for him when he was playing the bad guy. In the wake of his heartbreaking passing, let's remember what makes it impossible to forget Walker. Pleasantville (1998) Source: New Line Cinema I saw Pleasantville in theaters, and even in black and white, Walker was irresistible. Skip Martin had me from the first time he flashed that million-watt smile at Jennifer/Mary Sue (Witherspoon) from his convertible, and I've never forgotten about the moment she decides that hanging out in the '50s with Skip might »
- Maggie Pehanick
Paul Walker's father is understandably grief-stricken over the sudden loss of his son, who died in a fiery car crash at age 40 on Saturday, Nov. 30. Speaking to L.A.'s CBS2 just one day after the Fast and the Furious star lost his life, Paul Walker Sr. broke down in tears as he shared his memories on camera. "I'm just glad that every time I saw him, I told him I loved him," an emotional Walker Sr. said. "And he would say the same thing to me." He added that the actor's brothers "are all taking it pretty hard." "His heart was so big," Walker Sr. said of his son, who had prominent roles in '90s hits like Pleasantville, Varsity Blues and She's All That. "I was »
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While undeniably tragic, it's fitting that Paul Walker lost his life in a car accident. It wasn't just his career that was defined by the adrenaline-soaked automotive orgies of the Fast & Furious series; his whole life hummed with a love of cars. A friend of mine, during a junket for Fast & Furious 6 this year, found him to be distant and unresponsive until she asked him a question about cars, at which point he all but grabbed her by the hand and giddily dug around inside an engine for her. This »
- Stuart Heritage
Handsome American actor best known for his role as Brian O'Conner in the Fast and Furious blockbuster movie franchise
Paul Walker, who has died aged 40 in a car accident, combined unthreatening star charisma with preppy good looks and a canny commercial sensibility. Though he had shown promise in his early film roles, he could easily have become just another piece of well-dressed eye candy had it not been for his involvement in the colossally successful Fast and Furious franchise, which has grossed $2.38bn worldwide to date.
In 2001, the first film in the series, The Fast and the Furious, put a four-wheeled spin on the surfing-bank-robbers thriller Point Break. Walker took the Keanu Reeves role of the upstart undercover cop who infiltrates a criminal gang – in this case, a group of daredevil street-racers moonlighting as truck hijackers – before discovering a kinship with the renegades he is supposed to be apprehending.
The contrast between Walker, »
- Ryan Gilbey
We are very sad to report the news that Paul Walker has passed away in a tragic car accident in Southern California, aged just 40. Walker, who was best known for his role as Brian O'Conner in the blockbuster Fast & Furious series, was traveling as a passenger in a friend's car to attend a charity event for his organisation Reach Out Worldwide when it crashed on Saturday afternoon, with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirming that that both driver and passenger were killed at the scene.
Born in Glendale, California in 1973, Walker began his career as an infant appearing in television commercials, as well as appearing in a number of television shows in the 1980s. In 1998, he appeared in the comedy Meet the Deedles, leading to supporting roles in the likes of Pleasantville, Varsity Blues, She's All That and The Skulls before enjoying his breakthrough in 2001 alongside Vin Diesel in The Fast and the Furious. »
- Gary Collinson
Paul Walker, who found fame in the "Fast & Furious" franchise, died in a single car accident on Saturday at age 40. The handsome leading man mixed up mainstream movies -- he was filming "Fast & Furious 7" -- with edgier fare such as the upcoming "Brick Mansions" in which he plays an undercover cop determined to take down a crime boss. The California native was a child model and guested on a slew of TV shows before landing a plum part in the 1998 hit "Pleasantville" opposite Reese Witherspoon and Tobey Maguire. Two years later -- after leading roles in "She's All That" and "Varsity Blues" -- he won the Exciting New Face prize from the Young Hollywood Awards. -Break- In 2002, he starred in the first "Fast and Furious" film, and picked up the Best On-Screen Team popcorn bucket with co-star Vin Diesel at the MTV Movie Awards. The following year, he and his car won Movie Ch. »
The first time audiences really set their eyes on Paul Walker was in the 1998 dramedy “Pleasantville,” about two siblings (Reese Witherspoon and Tobey Maguire) transported inside a 1950s sitcom. The world they encounter is a cookie-cutter, black-and-white suburb straight out of “The Donna Reed Show,” and Walker played the handsome high school love interest for Witherspoon. With his hair slicked back and Ken doll dimples, Walker, 24 at the time, brought to mind a young Tab Hunter. His character was meant to be a squeaky-clean boy next door, but he didn’t stay that way. On a drive-in movie theater date, Witherspoon lunges at him and he experiences a sexual awakening.
Walker, who died on Saturday at 40 in a car crash in Valencia, Calif., was the dreamboat of choice for a generation of girls (and some boys) raised on “Saved by the Bell” and the WB Network. It’s no coincidence »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Paul Walker was a refreshing enigma in Hollywood. Though he starred in one of the most successful movie franchises of all time, he never seemed to revel in fame. He wouldn’t go out of his way to drum up press. Walker, the man, remained somewhat of a mystery throughout his career.
Perhaps that’s why people wrote him off as a dumb lug. With messy blond hair, a surfer’s accent, and chiseled features, Walker was easy to stereotype as a lucky, pretty face that didn’t have much going on upstairs.
But I never understood that characterization of the star. »
- Grady Smith
House Next Door on the Oscar prospects of August: Osage County. Yet another critic who thinks Julia is the Mvp. I'm mystified but congrats, Julia!
In Contention wonders if The Wolf of Wall Street is just what Oscar season ordered? We know that the SAG screening went sensationally well in Los Angeles. Our friend Paul, who we just featured in Reader Spotlight, thinks Leonardo DiCaprio is now the Best Actor frontrunner and tweeted this photo from the festivities:
And then they plied us with food, alcohol and music. Unnecessary, but yum. #howlingwolf @kristapley @nathanielr pic.twitter.com/QFXsU8nK0a
— Paul Outlaw (@poutlaw) December 1, 2013
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- NATHANIEL R
Fade in on January 1999. I’m 14 years old. Future teen classics “Varsity Blues” and “She’s All That” are released within two weeks of each other. They feature relatable stars like James Van Der Beek and Freddie Prinze Jr., respectively, as well as a rising twenty-something actor named Paul Walker, who was coming off a supporting turn in another ’90s gem, “Pleasantville.” Walker basically played the same character in all three films — a good-looking guy who was popular with both the ladies and his teammates. The sort of All-American athlete that guys aspired to be and girls aspired to date. »
- Jeff Sneider
Feature Ryan Lambie 2 Dec 2013 - 06:51
We bid a sad farewell to Paul Walker, and salute his contribution to the Fast & Furious franchise, and his outstanding charity work...
In the 2003 sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious, a daredevil race through the streets of Miami ends with its petrol head hero Brian O’Conner sliding his car sideways across the finish line, the supercharged Nissan skidding to a halt mere inches from the cheering crowd.
That stunt was performed by actor Paul Walker himself, and the supercharged Nissan Skyline was his own. It’s evidence not only of Walker’s skill as a driver, but also the amount of dedication he put into his role in the Fast & Furious franchise, which began only two years before.
Born in Southern California in 1973, Walker’s career as an actor began when he was still a child, with TV shows including Who’s The Boss? and Highway To Heaven »
Actor Paul Walker died on Saturday. The sad announcement was made via his official Twitter and Facebook pages.
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
Just days ago, both Walker and Fast & Furious co-star, Vin Diesel, posted this image of the next installment of the franchise via their Twitter and Facebook pages, respectively. Fast & Furious 7 is currently filming, with a planned »
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The news that Fast and Furious star Paul Walker passed away yesterday seemed to shock and stun everyone last night. The actor and humanitarian was only 40 years old when he died in a fiery car crash in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California with friend Roger Rodas. As tragic as the loss is, Walker leaves behind a legacy of charity work and popular action films that were loved by fans all over the world. Here’s a look back at Walker’s life, the movies he made and the difference he’s made in people’s lives.
Paul William Walker IV was born September 12, 1973 in Glendale, California. He was raised in a Mormon household and started going on auditions as a child to help support the family. Movie stardom was never the actor’s dream. His first love was the ocean and he studied marine biology at various community »
- Meghan O'Keefe
The actor Paul Walker, who found success starring in the popular car-racing franchise, has died in an automobile accident in Los Angeles aged 40
• Paul Walker: a career in clips
The actor was travelling as a passenger in a new Porsche when his friend who was driving - who has been described as an "experienced driver" - lost control of the vehicle and collided with a street light, and then a tree.
The La County Sheriff's department has confirmed that two people died in a collision in Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles, at 3:30pm on Saturday, but Walker's death was confirmed by his representatives on his official Facebook page, and then by his publicist, »
- Catherine Shoard
Paul Walker, star of the Fast & Furious franchise has been killed in a car crash in California after leaving a charity event. He was the passenger in a friend’s car when it hit a lamp post and tree north of Los Angeles, in the community of Valencia.
Walker was best known for his association with the high-octane drive-heist series, in which he played former undercover agent Brian O’Conner, alongside Vin Diesel, who posted his reaction to Instagram:
“Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace.”
He starred in every one of the main Fast & Furious films, apart from Tokyo Drift, and his latest film Hours is set for release this month.
Walker’s death was announced on his official Facebook »
- Simon Gallagher
It has been confirmed by his publicist that "Fast and the Furious" series star Paul Walker died on Saturday afternoon in a car crash that killed one other person in Valencia, north of Los Angeles.
The 40-year-old was a passenger in a friend's car and was attending a charity event for his organisation Reach Out Worldwide.
The L.A. County Sheriff's Department found a red Porsche had crashed into a light pole and tree and burst into flames. Two people who were found in the car were pronounced dead at the scene.
Epitomising the blond-haired, blue-eyed California surfer look, Walker broke through in the late 1990s with films like "Pleasantville," "Varsity Blues," "The Skulls" and "She's All That". He went on to star in the likes of "Joy Ride," "Timeline," "Into the Blue," "Eight Below," "Flags of Our Fathers," "Takers" and the upcoming "Hours".
However he's most well known for »
- Garth Franklin
There is shocking and sad news tonight as it is being reported that Paul Walker has died at age 40. According to Walker’s official Facebook page, he was a passenger in a friend's car, in which both lost their lives in a tragic accident. Walker was attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. The actor/producer was best known for his role as Brian O’Conner in the Fast & Furious franchise, but he had other memorable roles in films such as Joy Ride, Pleasantville, Varsity Blues, and more. My personal favorite is Running Scared. His gritty, intense performance in that movie absolutely blew me away. As for his Walker’s life off-screen, producing partner Carter Swan provided these touching words. Our deepest condolences go out to Mr. Walker’s family and friends. We’ve included an official statement from Walker’s Facebook page and a statement from Universal Pictures after the jump. »
- Matt Goldberg
It is with a great sadness that we must report the tragic death of actor Paul Walker. Reps have confirmed that Walker died in a car crash in California on Saturday, November 30th, 2013, at age 40. Star of the Fast & Furious franchise, reports are saying that Walker was taking his friends out for rides in Santa Clarita in a new 2005 Porsche Gt when the driver he was with lost control and hit a tree. The car then burst into flames and both occupants were killed. While many at first thought this was just another internet hoax, various PR friends have confirmed with Walker's rep directly that his death is not a hoax. It is very real, unfortunately. Actor Paul Walker's early roles in Hollywood included appearances in Pleasantville, Varsity Blues and She's All That in the late 90s. He broke out big playing Brian O'Conner in Fast and the Furious »
- Alex Billington
Paul Walker dead at 40: ‘Fast and Furious’ actor dies in fiery car crash Paul Walker, best known for his role as the former cop Brian O’Conner in the Fast and Furious movie franchise, died today, November 30, 2013, in a fiery car crash in Valencia, a community in the city of Santa Clarita, located in the northern outskirts of Los Angeles County. Early reports indicated that two (unidentified) people had died after a red Porsche crashed into both a tree and a light pole, bursting into flames, in Rye Canyon Business Park. According to police, speed was a likely factor in the crash. Paul Walker was 40. (Photo: Paul Walker.) Walker was a passenger in the car of Roger Rodas, CEO of Always Evolving Performance Motors, described as "a performance shop for high end vehicles," and one of two Valencia-based companies owned by Walker. (As per Santa Clarita’s Khts, the »
- Andre Soares
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