Hollywood star Paul Walker has died at age 40 in a tragic car crash in California. He was in the passenger seat of a red 2005 Porsche Carrera driven by professional racer Roger Rodas. Walker was best known for his work in the "Fast and Furious" franchise, but was also a car enthusiast off screen.
While many people mourn his death, questions arise about what will happen to “Fast and Furious 7.” But beyond the screen, we got to know a man who was so much more than a Hollywood heartthrob and action star.
Paul was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles County. Good looks ran in his blood, as his mother Cheryl was a fashion model. He was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Paul Walker had a keen interest in the ocean and animals, majoring in marine biology at community college. He thought this was where his career was going until his role in "Pleasantville" in 1998 made him a star. But this was not Paul’s first time in front of the camera, as he began modeling at the age of 2, and was even in a commercial for Pampers.
His love of the ocean extended into one of his favorite hobbies, which was surfing. He was also a fan of Brazilian jiu-jitsu where he held a brown-belt.
In his personal life Paul Walker was a dad, but that role came as an accident when his girlfriend became pregnant when he was just 25 years old. He has a daughter by the name of Meadow Rain Walker, who lived with her mother in Hawaii for her first 13 years. In 2011, she moved to California to be closer to her dad.
Walker was also a humanitarian who worked with the national Geographic Channel where he was part of their documentary series "Expedition Great White."
Now as the world mourns, we are left to marvel at his body of work which highlights him as an action star. But he was also a lover of the ocean whose most important role was being a dad.