Paul Walker would have turned 49 on the 12th of September 2022. To honour the memory of the massively popular Fast & the Furious actor, here are some fun facts about him that you might not have known.
He performed all his stunts himself in the first F&F film.
Paul was not afraid to perform his own stunts, and actually preferred to take on the challenges himself. Being a jiu-jitsu brown belt, he went on to swim with sharks and took on as much stunt work as possible.
Paul and his sister were game show contestants.
Following an early start in the acting business at the age of 2 in a Pampers commercial, he and his sister Ashlie appeared as contestants on an episode of the game show ‘I’m Telling’. They actually finished in second place in the show, which was a children’s version of ‘The Newlywed Game’, featuring siblings instead of married couples.
His grandfather was a famous boxer: Paul Williams II.
The Paul Walker we know is actually named Paul William Walker the IV and his grandfather, Paul Williams II, was a professional boxer who went by the name “Irish” Billy Walker. A heavyweight champion with the nickname ‘Golden Boy’, he had a professional record of 21 wins (16 by knockout).
Paul wanted to focus on marine biology before acting.
Walker actually had an affinity for the ocean, and he almost followed that career path through marine biology before finding Hollywood fame. Paul studied the subject at several community colleges in Southern and attended various charity events in relation to it.
He owned high-end performance car shop ‘Always Evolving’.
Paul was not just a car fanatic on the screen, but one in real life as well. In fact, he owned a high-end performance car shop called ‘Always Evolving’. The shop was located in Valencia, California and often held car meets to promote their exotic tune-ups.
He made Vin Diesel the Godfather to his daughter Meadow.
Paul’s daughter Meadow isn’t really one for the Hollywood fame and paparazzi, but her father’s close ties to Vin Diesel, the other big Fast and the Furious co-star, meant they became rather close. Diesel went on to walk her down the aisle when she got married.
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He hated watching himself on the big screen.
Some actors are known for not wanting to see themselves act on the big screen, and it seems as though Walker was one of them. He would turn out for the premiers to show his respects, but he would not watch his films again after that. He also described his acting as cringe-worthy.