Pictured with the friend who died at his side, Fast and Furious star Paul Walker, 40, who was killed in fireball after Porsche GT hit pole
- Paul Walker was the passenger in the super-car which spun out of control and hit a pole and tree
- The 40-year-old starred in five of the six films about illegal street racing and heists
- Actor had been at an event for his charity Reach Out Worldwide before deciding to take the car out for a drive
- The fundraiser to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan was taking place in a race car shop near to the crash scene
- Guests rushed to the scene to put the flames out with fire extinguishers but the fireball had already engulfed the car
- Walker was the father of daughter, Meadow, 15, who recently moved to California to be closer to him
- The driver of the vehicle was former race car driver Roger Rodas, Walker’s friend and financial adviser
- Sheriff’s Department has said that speed was a factor in the crash, while the bodies were so badly burned it will take days for them to be positively identified
Walker was born on Sept. 12, 1973, in Glendale, not far from where he perished. He was brought up in a traditional Mormon family and went to Village Christian High in Sun Valley, Calif. His mother taught him how to drive, and his first car was a 1986 Ford Ranger pickup truck.
He starred in a commercial for Pampers as a toddler, made his TV debut on the family drama Highway to Heaven in 1985 and a couple of years later scored a role in the syndicated sitcom Throb as the 12-year-old son of a divorcee who gets a job at a record company.
Walker appeared in such shows as Who’s the Boss?, The Young and the Restless and Touched by an Angel and in the 1998 films Meet the Deedles and Gary Ross‘ Pleasantville before attracting attention by starring as a gutsy high-school quarterback who suffers a career-ending knee injury in Varsity Blues (1999).
After roles in She’s All That (1999) and The Skulls (2000), the handsome Walker joined the cast of 2001′s The Fast and the Furious, which was loosely based on a magazine article about street clubs that race Japanese cars late at night. His character, O’Conner, was an undercover police officer.
Walker described how he came to the film in an interview in May with Motor Trend magazine.
“I love Donnie Brasco and Days of Thunder, so after I did The Skulls, I was like, ‘I want to be either an undercover cop or I want to race cars!’ ” he said. “Universal came to me with a newspaper article about street racing in L.A. and I was like, ‘Are you kidding me? I grew up doing that right off Peoria in Sun Valley.’ They asked if I wanted to do it. There wasn’t even a screenplay, there was nothing, but I was like … ‘F– yeah, I want to do it!’ “
The movie grossed $207 million at the worldwide box office and sold a huge number of DVDs for Universal.
Walker returned for the 2003 sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious but sat out the next installment before returning to reignite the lagging franchise with 2009′s Fast & Furious.