‘Fast & Furious’ Star Paul Walker Killed In Car Crash
December 1, 2013   //   Entertainment   //   Comments are off

Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker has died, his rep team has confirmed. He was 40. TMZ first reported Walker was one of two passengers killed in a car crash in Santa Clarita County, California. The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff department has confirmed to Deadline that a fatal collision occurred Saturday afternoon at 3:30 PM on Rye Canyon Loop in Valencia where two victims inside a vehicle engulfed in flames were pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the collision is under investigation.

Walker, best known for starring in Universal’s Fast & Furious muscle car franchise, began his career as a child commercials actor and model and landed TV roles on Highway to Heaven, Throb, and sitcoms like Who’s the Boss? and Charles in Charge. Film roles in pictures like 1998′s Meet the Deedles followed before Walker came to prominence in the Gary Ross film Pleasantville. Then came Varsity Blues, She’s All That, The Skulls, and shortly after, 2001′s The Fast And The Furious opposite Vin Diesel. Walker reprised his role of the speed-racing Brian O’Conner in sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious with Tyrese Gibson. Before returning for the franchise’s fourth, fifth, and sixth installments, Walker ventured outside the supercharged Fast & Furious films to mixed results. Thriller Joyride, time travel pic Timeline, diving actioner Into the Blue, and Christmas drama Noel saw Walker tackle a variety of genres as leading man. In 2006 he earned cult notice for playing a mafioso in Wayne Kramer’s Running Scared the same year he starred in Disney’s #1 opener Eight Below and Clint Eastwood’s Flags of our Fathers. In 2009 he came back to the Fast & Furious fold in the fourth pic directed by Justin Lin.

Walker had been filming 2014 sequel Fast & Furious 7 before the holiday weekend crash, with James Wan directing ahead of a July 11, 2014 release date. He posted a cast photo from set last Sunday with co-stars Michelle Rodriguez, Nathalie Emmanuel, Vin Diesel, Ludacris, and director Wan promoting his Reach Out Worldwide charity efforts to raise money for typhoon victims in the Philippines.

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