- Full Name : Paul William Walker IV
- Nickname : Paul Walker
- Born : 12 September 1973
- Birthplace : Glendale, California, USA
- Father : Paul William Walker III
- Mother : Cheryl Crabtree
- Height : 6' 3 (191 cm)
- Nationality : American
- Hair Color : Blonde
- Eye Color : Blue
- Education : Graduated from Village Christian High School in 1991, attended California Community College majored in Marine Biology
- Occupation : Actor
- Active : '90s - 2000s
- Major Genres : Action, Thriller
- First Major Screen Credit : Programmed to Kill (1986)
- Career Highlights : The Fast and the Furious, She's All That, Joy Ride
- Best Known as : Brian O'Conner in The Fast and the Furious (2001)
Paul Walker Biography :
Paul William Walker IV was born on September 12th 1973 in Glendale, California. Paul grew up together with his brothers, Caleb and Cody and with his sisters, Ashlie and Amie. Paul's parents Paul William Walker III and Cheryl Walker separated sometime around September 2004. His paternal grandfather, William Walker was actually a Pearl Harbor survivor and a Navy middleweight boxing champion, while his maternal grandfather commanded a tank Battalion that attacked Italy under General Patton in World War II.
The 6' 3" tall star attended high school at Village Christian High School in Sun Valley California. Paul also went to a Christian school before leaving for high school. He graduated from his high school in the year of 1991 when he was 18 years old. After that, Paul set his mind to be in the entertainment industry. Paul attended a number of auditions before he got a role in the movie, Varsity Blues in 1999.
That same year, Paul and his then-girlfriend had a baby girl named Meadow Rain Walker. Even though Paul publicly admitted that Meadow was not planned, he says that she is his number one priority. Paul and Meadow's mother, Rebecca separated a few years ago and his daughter Meadow is currently living with her in Hawaii. Paul also has custody of his daughter whom he will visit and bring back to his home in Santa Barbara and Huntington Beach, California.
This part Irish and German star became famous as a child star as he was appearing in TV commercials at a young age. After gaining some popularity, he was cast for the first season of the family sitcom, Throb. After that, he then started modeling after a few modeling scouts has discovered it. He kept working as a model until he received a script for the 1994 movie, Tammy and the T-Rex. Soon after that, Paul started to carve his name in the industry as he was more noticed by the public eye.
Among the movies which gained him popularity and get noticed were Pleasantville opposite fellow Hollywood members Reese Witherspoon and Tobey Maguire, Varsity Blues opposite actor Scott Caan and also another teenage movie, She's All That opposite then-teenage heartthrobs, Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachel Leigh Cook. Paul's real success knocked on his front door when he appeared on the hit movie, The Fast and The Furious opposite renowned Hollywood actor, Vin Diesel. Paul played the character Brian O' Conner for the first and second installment of the Fast and Furious movie franchise.
His job in the industry also got Paul a few new friends. Paul has formed a friendship with Tyrese Gibson, his co-star from 2 Fast 2 Furious, Jason Biggs from the movie Eight Below, his stunt double, Oakley Lehman whom he has been best friend with since he was 7 years old, and even Scott Caan and Jessica Alba from Into the Blue.
Aside from that, Paul enjoys working out. His fighting scenes in the movies he has acted in eventually developed a passion for martial arts. Paul has studied a few forms of martial arts that include Jujitsu, Taekwondo, Jeet Kune Do and Eskrima. Paul mentioned in a magazine interview that he hopes to be able to enroll himself as a student in Keysi Fighting Method when it comes to the United States martial arts talent.
Other than practicing martial arts, Paul enjoys relaxing at home with his daughter, Meadow Rain, surfing near his Huntington Beach abode, walking his dogs and just driving around with his car. When Paul seriously does get a break from the entertainment business, he says he loves traveling. So far, Paul has traveled to places like India, Fiji, Costa Rica, parts of Sarawak, Brunei, Borneo and even a few other parts in the Asian continent. Paul mentioned that he finds traveling a great way to free his mind from all the rush he gets working in the entertainment business and he gets to experience other people's culture and their lives. (source: IMDb Mini Biography by Anastasia Andrew Veno)
Awards for Paul Walker :
- Young Hollywood Awards (2000) : Exciting New Face - Male
- Young Hollywood Awards (2001) : New Stylemaker - Male
- Hollywood Film Festival (2001) : Breakthrough Male Performance
- MTV Movie Awards (2002) : Best On-Screen Team, for The Fast and the Furious (2001)
- Teen Choice Awards (2003) : Choice Movie Chemistry, for 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)