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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Remembering Paul Walker 1973 - 2013

At first I didn't believe the news of Paul Walker's tragic death on Saturday at age 40. An actor best known for a series of films about illegal street racing dies in a car crash - it sounded like a bizarre hoax. But sadly it wasn't. In addition to his starring role in the Fast & Furious franchise - including the upcoming Fast & Furious 7 - the handsome actor appeared in such movies as Monster in the Closet (1986), Tammy and the T-Rex (1994), Meet the Deedles (1998), Pleasantville (1998), Varsity Blues (1999), She's All That (1999), The Skulls (2000), Joy Ride (2001), Noel (2004), Into the Blue (2005), Running Scared (2006) and Flags of Our Fathers (2006). He also played Diana Canova's son during the first season of the 1986-88 syndicated sitcom, Throb, and Brandon Collins on The Young and the Restless in 1992-93.

Below you can enjoy some of Mr. Walker's many film and TV appearances.

Monster in the Closet (1986 - shot in 1983 when he was 10)

Throb (1986)

The Young and the Restless (1992)

Pleasantville (1998)

She's All That (1999)

Joy Ride (2001)

Into the Blue (2005)

Running Scared (2006)


joel65913 said...

A very beautiful man, apparently not just outside but within which makes it even more of a tragedy.

He wasn't a great actor, often awkward and stiff, but he did possess a certain charisma that made him watchable, when the part wasn't too demanding he was okay and he prettied up many a film with his golden looks.

He used his celebrity much more constructively than most helping others in distress or not as fortunate as he, quite an admirable man.

I watched Throb when it was on and I could find it, in the days before DVR's made hunting down show unnecessary. My main memory of it was Jane Leeves and all her hair as Blue. I didn't realize that he was the son, he was very young but even now that I do he looks quite a bit different.

His output was variable and I wasn't a fan of the Fast & Furious series, the first was all I could bear but Pleasantville, She's All That, Joy Ride, Varsity Blues and a few others are all decent movies perhaps not art but entertaining in their ways and his work in them helped make them so.

Marc said...

Joel, I agree with everything you said - and I didn't realize as well that he was Diana Canova's son on Throb, which I remember watching a few times. Mr. Walker did possess a certain charisma - a star quality - and from what I've read recently, he was a good guy who cared about others. So very sad.

Anonymous said...

Rest in peace