Obituaries: Paul Walker
Chris Maume recalls the popular actor and charity benefactor who had a key role in the success of action-packed Hollywood franchise 'Fast & Furious'
Paul Walker, who died last weekend, was one of the actors who helped make the Fast & Furious film franchise so successful, with its heady mixture of petrol and testosterone. Walker rode the Fast & Furious franchise to stardom, featuring in all but one of the six action blockbusters, beginning with the first film, in 2001. The blond-haired, blue-eyed Los Angeles native brought California-surfer good looks and an easy, warm charm to the street-racing series. Walker did some of his own driving in the films, though the insurers prevented him from doing as much as he would have liked. He said it was the driving and working with the stuntmen that he enjoyed most.
The star died in a car crash along with his friend Roger Rodas when Rodas's Porsche Carrera GT, in which Walker was a passenger, crashed into a tree in the Santa Clarita valley in California. He was in the area to attend a charity event at a racing car shop to benefit victims of the recent typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, under the auspices of his organisation Reach Out Worldwide, which he formed in 2010 to help those struck by natural disasters.