Paul Walker will always have a large presence in his father’s life. The late actor’s dad, Paul Walker III, told E! News in an interview one year after his death, that he still talks with the Fast & Furious actor every day.
“I feel his presence every day,” Walker III said. “I miss talking to him a great deal. He had a good heart.”
Walker III recalled during the interview, which was conducted on the porch of his home in Southern California, that his son, who died at the age of 40 in a tragic car accident in Santa Clarita on Nov. 30, 2013, “didn’t like the limelight.” The late actor’s dad said he would sit on the porch of their home talking with neighbors and would always ask about their own careers versus boasting about himself.
“Paul said one time, ‘I really don’t like this business, but I can do a lot of good with the money I make,'” he said, referring to the star’s charity Reach Out Worldwide. “Paul just radiated love and you can’t fake that,” his dad added. “Paul had a really good heart. I thought, ‘How did I deserve such a wonderful son?'”
Walker III said he will be spending the anniversary of his son’s death at his gravesite, and will bring coins in honor of a made-up coin game they would play during Paul’s casting calls.
Paul also left behind two brothers, Caleb and Cody, who filmed several scenes for their brother’s final film Furious 7.
Walker III said, however, they didn’t jump at the chance to take over Paul’s role. “It’s a hard thing to do to step in for your brother,” he told E! News.
Paul’s teenage daughter, Meadow Walker, has yet to address her father today but shared a touching throwback photo on the actor’s birthday three months ago with the comment: “Happy Birthday, I love you.”
NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The release of “Fast & Furious 7,” the big-budget action film that was shut down in November after the death of actor Paul Walker in a car crash, has been pushed back nine months to April 2015, Universal Pictures said on Monday.
Walker, who died in a fiery one-car crash at the age of 40 on November 30, will appear in the film, Universal said.
The “Fast & Furious” film series, which has grossed more than $2 billion at the global box office and helped turn around the fortunes of Comcast Corp-owned Universal, was originally slated to be released on July 11, 2014, in the summer movie-going season.
The seventh installment of the popular series about illegal street racing, crime and heists will be released on April 10, 2015, Universal said in a statement. It said that series star Vin Diesel and the late Walker would “lead the returning cast.”
Diesel, also one of the producers, first announced the new release date on Facebook on Sunday.
Walker, who became a symbol of car racing and car culture in his role as law enforcement officer Brian O’Conner in the “Fast & Furious” series, was a passenger in a red Porsche Carrera GT sports car that crashed on November 30 in Santa Clarita, Calif. about 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
The car careened off of a street, struck a utility pole and burst into flames, also killing driver Roger Rodas. Authorities have yet to determine the cause of the accident but have said that speed probably played a role.
Production on “Fast 7” was on a break at the time for the Thanksgiving holiday and it was not clear how many of Walker’s scenes had been filmed.
Production was suspended days after the crash and Universal has not said when filming will resume.
(Reporting by Chris Michaud in New York and Eric Kelsey in Los Angeles; Editing by Mary Milliken and Grant McCool)
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AFTER COMING FROM A BIG CHARITY EVENT IN THE U.S. (IN WHICH HE HEADED AND ORGANIZED THROUGH HIS REACH OUT WORLWIDE FOUNDATION) THAT WOULD HELP THE VICTIMS OF TYPHOON YOLANDA IN OUR COUNTRY-THE PHILIPPINES- PAUL MET AN ACCIDENT AND DIED. HIS CAR HIT A “TREE”. HE DIED FOR US!… AND YES, I CAN SAY BY NOW, THE AMERICANS WILL ALSO DIE WITH US…NASAAN MAN SA MUNDO, MAASAHAN KA, PAUL. 😦
“When you put good will out there it’s amazing what can be accomplished.” – Paul Walker, Reach Out WorldWide Founder
Paul Walker took a simple idea and made it a reality by creating Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW). Four years later Reach Out WorldWide has evolved into something special.
Reach Out WorldWide is a network of professionals with first responder skills, including doctors, nurses, firefighters, paramedics, construction specialists, heavy equipment operators, and other disaster-survival specialists, who understand that a fast response makes the difference between life and death. These professionals have put their “boots on the ground” domestically and worldwide, to immediately fulfill the unmet need in times of chaos, tragedy, and destruction.
“Paul wasn’t someone who would just write a check and lend his name to an organization; he was the heart and soul of Reach Out WorldWide. Paul was the first one in and the last one out, he led by example and his hard work and dedication inspired everyone who had the privilege of working with him. He led one of the first teams into the hardest hit areas of Haiti and traveled to Chili to bring water, medical aid and hope after the Earthquake and Tsunami. He ran a chainsaw clearing debris and helping people get back into their homes during the hottest days after the tornadoes in Alabama… Some people play a hero, Paul was a hero. Paul was an honorable, hardworking, dedicated, respectful man with a humble spirit who shared his blessings with those who needed it most. It was an honor and a privilege to be able to work with, learn and look up to someone who walked the walk.” – JD Dorfman, Reach Out Worldwide
Paul Walker was truly an amazing person and his impact will be forever felt. As the ROWW family mourns the loss of our founder, leader, brother and friend we pledge to carry out his dream of helping those when they need it most. Paul’s legacy and good will lives on through ROWW.
Walker then starred in the crime thrillerRunning Scared and Walt Disney Pictures‘ Eight Below, both released in 2006. Eight Below garnered critical-acclaim and opened in first place at the box office, grossing over US$20 million during its first weekend. During the filming of Running Scared, director Wayne Kramer stated that “[Walker] is that guy on some level” when comparing Walker with his character in the movie, Joey Gazelle. Kramer continued on to say that he “loved working with [Walker] because as a director he’s completely supportive of my vision of what the film is. And even better, he’s completely game for it.”
Walker starred in the independent film The Lazarus Project, which was released on DVD on October 21, 2008. He subsequently returned to The Fast and the Furious franchise, reprising his role in Fast & Furious, which was released on April 3, 2009. Walker then appeared in the crimedramaTakers, which began filming in early September 2008 and was released in August 2010.
The Coty Prestigefragrance brand Davidoff Cool Water for Men announced in January 2011 that Walker was going to be the new face of the brand as of July 2011. He reprised his role in the fifth installment of The Fast and the Furious series, Fast Five (2011), and again in Fast & Furious 6 (2013). Upcoming films in which Walker starred or appeared in due for release are Hours, set for release in December 2013, and Brick Mansions, set for release in May 2014. At the time of his death, Walker had been filming Fast and Furious 7, which was slated for release in July 2014. He was also set to play Agent 47 in the Hitman film adaptation.
Walker lived in Santa Barbara with his dogs. He and Rebecca McBrain, a one-time girlfriend, had a daughter who lived with her mother in Hawaii for 13 years and then moved to California to live with Walker in 2011. He held a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller at Paragon Jiu-Jitsu.
Walker’s first passion was marine biology; he joined the Board of Directors of The Billfish Foundation in 2006. He fulfilled a lifelong dream by starring in a National Geographic Channel series Expedition Great White (later retitled Shark Men), which premiered in June 2010. He spent 11 days as part of the crew, catching and tagging 7 great white sharks off the coast of Mexico. The expedition, led by Chris Fischer, founder and CEO of Fischer Productions, along with Captain Brett McBride and Dr. Michael Domeier of the Marine Conservation Science Institute took measurements, gathered DNA samples, and fastened real-time satellite tags to the great white sharks. This allowed Dr. Domeier to study migratory patterns especially those associated with mating and birthing over a 5-year period of time.
An avid car enthusiast, he competed in the Redline Time Attack racing series in which he raced an M3 E92 and was on the AE Performance Team. His car was sponsored by Etnies, Brembo Brakes, Ohlins, Volk, OS Giken, Hankook, Gintani, and Reach Out Worldwide. Walker had been preparing for an auto show prior to his death.
On November 30, 2013, at approximately 3:30 p.m. PST, Walker and Roger Rodas, age 38, left an event for Walker’s charity Reach Out Worldwide for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in Rodas’ red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. Despite the Porsche’s being one of the fastest-braking and hardest-to-skid of cars, the two crashed into a light pole and tree in Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, and the destroyed vehicle burst into flames. The curve where Walker died was a popular spot for “drifting” cars and investigators believe the car Walker was in reached at least 90 mph before the crash.The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department declared the two dead at the scene. Authorities determined that Rodas was driving the car, while Walker was the passenger. Police initially investigated if drag racing played a role, but were unable to find evidence of a second car’s involvement. Rodas died of multiple traumatic injuries, while Walker died of the combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries, according to the Los Angeles county coroner’s office.
Rodas and Walker became friends after meeting at a race track. Rodas became Walker’s financial adviser in 2007 and helped to establish Reach Out Worldwide. Rodas was the CEO of Always Evolving, a Valencia high-end vehicle performance shop owned by Walker.
Numerous friends and movie stars have posted tributes to Walker on social media.
With Fast & Furious 7 in the middle of filming at the time of Walker’s death, Universal announced an indeterminate hiatus on the production, citing a desire to speak with Walker’s family before determining what to do with the film.
On December 5, the mayor of the Chilean town of Pelluhue confirmed that a street in the city will be named after Paul Walker in recognition of the aid he gave in the aftermath of the Tsunami that affected that area after the earthquake of 2010.
The pictures show the charred remains of the vehicle wrapped around the tree on the side of the road.
The driver of the vehicle, a friend of the 40-year-old star, was also killed.
News of the the actor’s death was confirmed on Walker’s Facebook page.
A statement on the page read: “It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.
“He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives.
“We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news.”
“Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time.
“We will do our best to keep you appraised on where to send condolences.”
Walker, who has starred in six of the Fast and Furious blockbusters, was in the middle of shooting the seventh installment with actor-friend Vin Diesel and new director James Wan at the time of the crash.