Actor Paul Walker was killed yesterday in a car accident along with another passenger (identified as Roger Rodas who was driving the vehicle) after attending a charity event he organized outside of Los Angeles.
Walker was, of course, best known for his appearances in The Fast & the Furious series. At the time of his death, Walker was in the midst of shooting the seventh installment of the Fast & Furious franchise.
His other screen credits include Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers and Eight Below. Later this month, one of his last movies Hours will be released. Set in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, Walker plays a father who must keep his infant daughter alive. Given his sudden demise, I would not be surprised if Walker receives a posthumous Oscar nomination for Best Actor.
I must confess that when I first read the headline something in the back of my mind thought it was a hoax, someone playing a cruel joke. Moments later, I read a headline which stated Walker’s death had been a hoax. Sadly, that story was the one that turned out to be a hoax.
The charitable event Walker organized was for an organization he founded in 2010 following the Haiti earthquake called Reach Out World Wide which provides medical personnel and equipment to areas in the United States and around the world that have been struck by natural disasters. This particular event was raising funds for disaster relief for Typhoon Haiyan which struck the Philippines last month.
I leave you with an interview Walker did a couple of years ago. In it, he discusses how he broke into acting and how he never really got out of it. Walker also discusses his passion for outdoor activity including birding. Towards the end of the interview, Walker said:
I committed myself for the next couple of years up until I turn 40, just work really, really hard and then I’ll have the option to do whatever I want. Yeah, 20s were good, 30s were good, and 40s are going to be awesome. I know that for sure.
Walker died at the age of 40.