Paul Walker’s sudden death was shocking for multiple reasons: the actor who was most famous for starring in a franchise that’s all about driving fast cars died in a horrible crash. He was also only 40 years old when tragedy struck, and the accident occurred during filming for Fast 7.
I and a lot of my friends grew up watching Paul Walker in the Fast & Furious films. We watched them go from pretty cool, to downright awful, to pretty cool again, and then to over-the-top action fests that made summer great.
Though he was a recurring, major character in the one of Hollywood’s biggest-grossing, long-standing franchises, Paul Walker’s real life is somehow more interesting and awesome than all of the Fast movies combined.
His mom was a model.
He comes from a boxing family.
He was a BJJ Brown Belt.
He was a bonafide car fanatic.
He loved racing.
He was a big humanitarian.
He was obsessed with marine life.
He loved, loved, loved surfing.
His first gig was a Pampers commercial.
His brothers stepped up after his crash.
He surprised a young engaged couple.
He wanted to be closer to his daughter.
He didn’t like watching himself.
His co-stars visited the site of his crash.