(Redirected from Roger Rodas)
Walker, the son of Cheryl (née Crabtree), a fashion model, and Paul William Walker III, a sewer contractor and a fighter who was a two-time Golden Gloves champion, was born in Glendale, California. His ancestry is mostly English, with smaller amounts of German, and possible Irish. His paternal grandfather was a professional boxer, born to English parents. One of his grandfathers raced factory cars for Ford in the 1960s. The oldest of five siblings, Walker was raised primarily in the Sunland community of Los Angeles and attended high school in the San Fernando Valley, graduating from Sun Valley's Village Christian School in 1991. He was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After high school, Walker attended several community colleges in Southern California, majoring in marine biology.
In 2001, Walker's breakthrough role arrived when he starred opposite actor Vin Diesel in the successful action film The Fast and the Furious, the first film in the franchise. The film established Walker as a notable film star and leading man and led to his reprisal of the role in the 2003 sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious. He continued his career with leading roles in films such as Joy Ride (2001), Into the Blue (2005), and Timeline (2003); he had a supporting role in Clint Eastwood's adaptation of Flags of Our Fathers (2006).
Walker then starred in the crime thriller Running 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 crime drama Takers, which began filming in early September 2008 and was released in August 2010.
The Coty Prestige fragrance 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 & 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. In 2007, Walker began dating 16-year-old Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell. Prior to his death, the couple had planned to marry. He held a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu under Ricardo "Franjinha" Miller at Paragon Jiu-Jitsu and was awarded with his black belt by Miller posthumously.
The curve where Walker and Rodas were killed is a popular spot for drifting cars. Investigators believe the car reached at least 90 mph before the crash. Police investigated as to whether drag racing played a role, but were unable to find evidence of a second car's involvement. Walker's family claims that reflectors on the road may have contributed to the crash, claiming this particular kind of Porsche loses control if it comes into contact with even the tiniest bumps in the road at high speeds. Pieces of the car were stolen off the tow truck as the wreckage was towed away on a flatbed. Two men were arrested for grand theft.
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 his family before determining what to do with the film. His brother, Cody Walker, was asked to be the stand-in to complete this film. Numerous friends and movie stars have posted tributes to Walker on social media. Two weeks after his death, Walker's ashes were buried in a non-denominational ceremony at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
|1986||Monster in the Closet||Professor Bennett|
|1987||Programmed to Kill||Jason|
|1994||Tammy and the T-Rex||Michael|
|1998||Meet the Deedles||Phil Deedle|
|1999||Varsity Blues||Lance Harbor|
|1999||She's All That||Dean Sampson|
|2000||The Skulls||Caleb Mandrake|
|2001||The Fast and the Furious||Brian O'Conner|
|2001||Joy Ride||Lewis Thomas|
|2002||Life Makes Sense If You're Famous||Mikey|
|2003||Turbo-Charged Prelude||Brian O'Conner||Short introductory film for 2 Fast 2 Furious|
|2003||2 Fast 2 Furious||Brian O'Conner|
|2005||Into the Blue||Jared Cole|
|2006||Eight Below||Jerry Shepard|
|2006||Running Scared||Joey Gazelle|
|2006||Flags of Our Fathers||Hank Hansen|
|2007||The Death and Life of Bobby Z||Tim Kearney|
|2008||The Lazarus Project||Ben Garvey|
|2009||Fast & Furious||Brian O'Conner|
|2011||Fast Five||Brian O'Conner|
|2013||Vehicle 19||Michael Woods|
|2013||Fast & Furious 6||Brian O'Conner|
|2013||Pawn Shop Chronicles||Raw Dog|
|2015||Fast & Furious 7||Brian O'Conner||Had not finished filming his scenes at time of death. Last Film|
|1985||Highway to Heaven||Eric Travers||1 episode|
|1986||Highway to Heaven||Todd Bryant||2 episodes|
|1986–1987||Throb||Jeremy Beatty||23 episodes|
|1988||I'm Telling!||Contestant||1 episode|
|1990||Charles in Charge||Russell Davis||1 episode|
|1991||Who's the Boss?||Michael Haynes||1 episode|
|1992–1993||The Young and the Restless||Brandon Collins|
|1994||CBS Schoolbreak Special||Dill||1 episode|
|1994||The Boys Are Back||Jesse Hansen||Pilot episode|
|1996||Touched by an Angel||Jonathan||1 episode|
|2010||Shark Men||Himself||3 episodes|
|2013||Shark Week||Himself||1 episode|
|1997||The Mighty Mighty Bosstones||"Wrong Thing Right Then"|
|2003||Ludacris||"Act a Fool"|
|1993||The Youth in Film Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor||Nominated|
|2000||Young Hollywood Award||Exciting New Face – Male||Nominated|
|2001||Hollywood Breakthrough Award||Breakthrough Male Performance||Won|
|2001||Young Hollywood Award||New Stylemaker – Male||Won|
|2002||MTV Movie Award||Best On-Screen Team|
Shared with Vin Diesel
|The Fast and the Furious||Won|
|2002||MTV Movie Award||Breakthrough Male Performance||The Fast and the Furious||Nominated|
|2003||Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie Chemistry|
For Paul Walker and his car
|2 Fast 2 Furious||Won|
|2009||Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie Actor: Action Adventure||Fast & Furious||Nominated|
|2011||Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie Actor: Action Adventure||Fast Five||Nominated|