Paul William Walker IV was an American actor. Walker was born in Glendale, California, and was the son of Cheryl Crabtree Walker, a fashion model, and Paul William Walker III, a sewer contractor and a fighter who was a two-time Golden Gloves champion.
Walker began his career guest-starring in several television shows such as The Young and the Restless and Touched by an Angel. Walker gained prominence with breakout roles in coming of age and teen films such as She’s All That and Varsity Blues. In 2001, Walker gained international fame for his portrayal of Brian O’Conner in the street racing action film The Fast and the Furious, and would reprise the role in six of the next seven installments. He also starred in films such as Eight Below, Timeline, Into the Blue, Joy Ride and Running Scared.
On November 30, 2013, at approximately 3:30 p.m. PST, Walker and Roger Rodas, 38, left an event for Walker’s charity Reach Out Worldwide for victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in Rodas’s red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. The car crashed into a concrete lamppost and two trees on Hercules Street, in a 45 miles per hour (72 km/h) speed zone near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, after which the vehicle burst into flames. The crash was caught on film by a security camera. Authorities determined that Rodas was driving the car while Walker was the passenger.