Paul Walker has been in the public eye since he starred in the film "Varsity Blues" in 1999. Since then, he has made several exciting and memorable films, but he is best known for his work in the films from "The Fast and the Furious" series. This summer, "The Fast and the Furious 6" hits theaters, and this newest release gives fans a reason to revisit some of his other top films.
to many fans, Walker's second most notable film to date is "The Fast
and the Furious." This action film was the first in the series, and it
helped propel Walker to a greater level of fame. Although many people
think the film was based on a 1955 film with the same name, it was
actually inspired by a magazine article about street racing that
appeared in "Vibe" magazine. In this film, Walker also plays Brian
O'Connor; however, in this film, he is not an FBI agent turned bad.
Instead, he is working for the FBI. A former officer for the Los Angeles
Police Department, Walker was sent undercover to try to stop a group of
hijackers. In order to get closer to the action, he works at a chop
shop. It is at the chop shop that Brian first connects with Dominic
The fourth film in the series was titled "Fast &
Furious", and for many fans, this is Walker's third most important film.
Walker also plays Brian O'Conner in this installment. Although the film
was the fourth to be released, it is actually third in chronological
order. In this film, Walker's character is still working for the FBI,
and he is trying to find a drug dealer named Arturo Braga. While
searching, he finds David Park, who he eventually convinces to become an
informant for the FBI. Thanks to his connections with Park, O'Connor is
allowed to enter a street race. The winner of that race will be awarded
a spot on a heroin-trafficking team. Through a series of twists and
turns, the film finally ends with O'Connor quitting his job with the
"Eight Below" is also one of Walker's most important films,
and surprisingly, it is not part of "The Fast and the Furious"
franchise. In this film, released by Walt Disney pictures, Walker plays
Jerry Shepard, a guide at the Antarctica research base. He is encouraged
to help a researcher find a rare meteorite from the planet Mercury.
Although Shepard thinks it is too late in the season to undertake such a
potentially dangerous journey, he agrees to the idea, and they embark
on the search using dog sleds. The journey that results is full of
danger and illness, and ultimately, Shepard is forced to leave the dogs
behind. He is plagued with guilt over the ordeal, and ultimately, he
convinces the researchers to give him their grant money so he can rescue
the dogs. Inspired by events from 1958, the tale is heartwarming and
In 2001, Walker starred as Lewis Thomas in the film
"Joy Ride." Walker, a student from UC Berkeley is headed home from
college for the summer. During the summer, he hopes to entice his old
friend Venna, played by Leelee Sobieski, into a romantic relationship.
To woo her, he buys a car and plans a cross-country drive from her
school in Colorado to their childhood home. Unfortunately, Thomas is
joined by his brother who invites himself on the trip to Colorado. The
result is a wild adventure packed with twists and turns.