The late Paul Walker was not just the leading star of the speed-infused Fast and the Furious movie franchise. He was more than an actor, a father, a friend, and a fellow human being.
In the wake of his death -- Walker, 40, died after the Porsche Carrera GT he was a passenger in, that was driven by former race car driver Roger Rodas, smashed into a tree and burst into flames on Saturday (Nov 30) -- the Raindance Film Festival website has put up a list of five things about Paul Walker that people may not have known.
1. He majored in Marine Biology while studying in college
Many people don’t know that Marine Biology was actually Paul Walker’s first love and continued to stay with him even through his success as an Actor. He majored in Marine Biology at a California community college and was a huge fan of Marine Biologist Jacques-Yves Cousteau. He went on to join the Board of Directors of the Billfish Foundation in 2006 and went on to do many projects including the National Geographic series “Expedition Great White” in 2010.
2. He had just decided to become full-time Dad to his only child
Meadow Rain Walker, his only child, was born on the 4th of November 1999. While many people knew that he had a daughter not many people knew that he had just decided to take on the role of being a full time father.
3. He was religious
While many celebrities keep silent about whether or not they believe in a God, Paul Walker opened up about his religion:
"I’m a Christian now. The things that drove me crazy growing up was how everyone works at fault-finding with different religions.
"The people I don’t understand are atheists. I go surfing and snowboarding and I’m always around nature.
"I look at everything and think, ‘Who couldn’t believe there’s a God? Is all this a mistake?’ It just blows me away."
4. He was actually a professional race car driver
Paul Walker was known for his role as Brian O’ Conner in the Fast & Furious series.
While he drove fast cars throughout the series some may not know that he actually drove fast cars in everyday life as well.
He was a professional race car driver and worked with AE Performance.
5. He was committed to bettering the human race
Paul Walker made sure to give back to the community whenever he had the opportunity.
Helping Chilean victims after the earthquake as well as victims of the earthquake in Haiti, he was a true humanitarian.
In 2010, he helped found the non-profit organization Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW), a disaster relief organization. Also, in 2010 he helped form REACT (Rapid Emergency Assistance Care Team), a group of EMTs and health-care professionals whose goal is to get into disaster zones the minute they hear news- ahead of the larger and less mobile emergency teams.
In fact, Walker was actually hosting a charity event to raise money for the victims of the Philippines Typhoon on the day that he died.
Walker's passing has led to tributes pouring in from all corners of Hollywood and beyond, with the likes of Fast co-stars Vin Diesel and the Rock taking to Twitter to pay their respects.
Ironically, Walker's last words that he said before he perished in the crash were: "Let's go for a drive".
Rest in peace, Paul. The world will now know about your other works.