Paul Walker's BIO
September 12, 1973 (Glendale, California, USA)
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    Paul Walker's BIO

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    Background:

    “Some people say that you should go to all the parties, to the nightclubs, the Viper Room, and make contacts, and I look at them and say, ‘You don’t want to have contacts with those people.’ Look at what happened to River Phoenix (who died in 1993 of a drug overdose outside the Viper Room). If you get caught up in that, it ruins you. Hollywood is garbage.” Paul Walker

    Tall and athletic, with blond All-American good looks, movie star Paul Walker burst onto the scene with the 2001 blockbuster The Fast and the Furious, playing detective Brian O’Conner, opposite Vin Diesel. For his efforts, Walker picked up a Young Hollywood award, a Hollywood Film Festival award and a MTV Movie award. Initially gaining attention as earnest basketball player Skip Martin in the successful Pleasantville (1998), the football team’s star quarterback Lance Harbor in the box office hit Varsity Blues (1999) and the friend and rival of Freddie Prinze Jr.’s BMOC Zach Siler in the notable She’s All That (1999), Walker, with newfound fame, continues his victory with a Furious installment, 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) and the blockbuster smash hit Eight Below (2006). His recent and forthcoming film credits include the critical-praised Joyride (2001), the big budget bomb Timeline (2003), the Christmas drama Noel (2004), Into the Blue (2005), Running Scared (2006), The Death and Life of Bobby Z (2006), Clint Eastwood’s Flags of Our Fathers (2006) and Papa (2006).

    Blonde-haired, blue-eyed Walker was one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” (2001). He has a Labrador, a Chesapeake Bay puppy and a horse named Cowboy. In addition, Walker, who was paid $7,000,000 for 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), owns the Nissan Skyline R34 which he used in the film. As for his private life, Walker is currently dating actress Bliss Ellis, whom he met while filming Varsity Blues, in which Ellis was an extra. He has a daughter named Meadow Rain (born January 28, 1999) from a former girlfriend. Meadow lives with her mother in Hawaii.

    “I want to get married. I think about it a lot. But I also think about my cars, so maybe my priorities aren't exactly in line just yet.” Paul Walker


    Pretty Boy

    Childhood and Family:

    Born Paul W. Walker Jr. on September 12, 1973, in Glendale, California, Paul Walker was raised as the eldest of four children to Paul W. Walker Sr. (a retired sewer contractor) and Cheryl Crabtree (a former fashion model) in the San Fernando Valley. He has two brothers, Cody and Caleb, and one sister named Ashlie. His paternal grandfather, William Walker, was a professional boxer of Irish descent.

    Paul Walker, whose nicknames are The Vagrant or Pretty Boy, was introduced into the world of entertainment early by his mother, who had links with the business due to her modeling.

    He graduated in 1991 from Village Christian High School, where he was active in a variety of sports. He went on to study marine biology at California community colleges. Wanting to follow his heart, Paul left college to focus on his acting career.
    Paul now resides in Santa Barbara and Huntington Beach, California, where he can surf every day. His other hobbies include skiing, snow boarding, soccer, bowling and miniature golf. He also enjoys traveling and has visited countries like India, Fiji and Costa Rica. He became the father of a daughter named Meadow Walker (born in 1999) from a relationship with his former girlfriend.


    Eight Below

    Career:

    Encouraged by his model-mother, Paul Walker got his start as a child model in commercials for Pampers before being seen in guest roles on various TV shows, including “Highway to Heaven” (1985-1986), “I’m Telling (1989), and “Charles in Charge” (1990). Paul also had a year-long regular role as Diana Canova’s teenaged son in the syndicated series “Throb.” His film debut came at age 14 with a small turn as ‘Professor’ Bennett in the horror spoof Monster in the Closet, and next appeared in the “B-movie” Programmed to Kill, that same year. Concentrating on school, young Walker took time off, though still managed to make a guest appearance in ‘Who's the Boss” (1991). He returned to television two years later with the recurring role of Brandon Collins on the CBS long-running soap “The Young and the Restless” and went on to appear in another “B-movie” Tammy and the T-Rex (1994). Dividing his time between acting and school, Walker finally made up his mind to cut short his dreams of becoming a marine biologist to focus solely on acting after guest starring in an episode of “Touch by Angel” in 1996.

    Walker gained his first leading role as surfer Phil Deedle in the Disney-produced comedy Meet the Deedles (1998). Despite earning experience acting with the legendary Dennis Hopper, the film failed to break into the Box Office chart. The actor then won notice for his portrayal of high school basketball star Skip Martin, opposite Reese Witherspoon, in the well-received Pleasantville (1998). After the fine performance, Walker’s career began to take flight. In the following year, his classic “jock-next-door” look once again won Walker a film role, this time as football quarterback Lance Harbor, opposite James Van Der Beek and Amy Smart, in the box-office success Varsity Blues. With Brian Robbins directing, the actor did an excellent job of portraying the fall of an ill-treated local hero who has little left when his high school football career is sidelined. It was followed by another notable performance in the remarkable comedy film She’s All That (1999), where Paul played Freddie Prinze Jr.’s unsympathetic friend and rival Dean Sampson. The film also starred Rachael Leigh Cook and Matthew Lillard. Walker rounded out the year with a cameo role as Claire Danes’ boyfriend Jason in the drama Brokedown Palace.

    A film role knocked on Walker’s door in the new millennium and Paul costarred with Joshua Jackson in the B-level thriller The Skulls (2000) for director Rob Cohen. His biggest breakthrough, however, arrived in the following year when he was cast in the starring role of Brian O’Conner, a detective creeping into a ring of street-racing car thieves led by Vin Diesel, in Cohen’s next movie, the action-thriller The Fast and the Furious. Debuting with little flourish or expectation, the film turned into a surprise hit. As for Walker, who did most of his own car stunts, he was handed such awards as a Young Hollywood for New Style Maker, a Hollywood Film Festival for Breakthrough Male Performance and a MTV Movie for Best On-Screen Team (shared with Vin Diesel), as well as was nominated for Breakthrough Male Performance at the MTV Movie Awards for his bright performance in the film. Although his star did not ascend as dramatically as his costar Diesel’s, Walker established a reputation for himself as a notable film star and leading man.

    The same year, Walker also costarred opposite Steve Zahn in another auto-focused thriller called Joyride. While it did not fare as well as The Fast and the Furious, the film received very positive reviews from film critics. After filming a short film, Life Makes Sense If You’re Famous (2002), the actor reprised his role of Brian O’Conner for the sequel 2 Fast, 2 Furious (2003), this time starring alongside Tyrese Gibson and under the direction of John Singleton. Next, Walker was seen as one of the scientists traveling in time to 14th century France in the big budget flop Timeline (2003), supported Penélope Cruz and Susan Sarandon in the Christmas drama Noel (2004) and starred with Jessica Alba in the John Stockwell-helmed Into the Blue (2005). Despite the attractive premise and appealing cast, the treasure hunt thriller film was ridiculed by critics.

    Recently, 33-year-old Walker starred in two movies, Running Scared (2006), an action thriller directed by Wayne Kramer, and Frank Marshall’s Eight Below (2006), an adventure set in Antarctica. The latter film opened to strong reviews, peaking at No. 1 at the box office while earning over $24 million during its first four days of release. He will soon star alongside Laurence Fishburne and Jason Lewis in John Herzfeld’s film adaptation of Don Winslow’s The Death and Life of Bobby Z (2006) and appear in Clint Eastwood’s World War II epic Flags of Our Fathers (2006). Walker is also set to star with Anthony Hopkins and Meg Ryan in the upcoming Papa (2006).


    Awards:

    • MTV Movie: Best On-Screen Team, The Fast and the Furious, shared with Vin Diesel, 2002
    • Hollywood Film Festival: Hollywood Discovery Award, Breakthrough Male Performance, 2001
    • Young Hollywood: New Style maker – Male, 2001
    • Young Hollywood: Exciting New Face – Male, 2000