10 Movies That Made Us Love Paul Walker
From high-school star quarterback to badass action hero, a look back at the roles that defined the late actor.
Paul Walker tragically died on Saturday in a car accident and though he may be best known for playing Brian O'Conner in the Fast & Furious film franchise, the 40-year-old movie star had been building his resume for more than 25 years, growing from '80s child actor to '90s heartthrob to a full-fledged action star. Below, look back on the roles that we'll always remember Walker for.
1. Monster In The Closet (1986)
2. Pleasantville (1998)
Walker reemerged as a Hollywood heartthrob and the object of Jennifer's (Reese Witherspoon) affection in this drama set within a wholesome black-and-white 1950s sitcom, not too long after his tenure on television ended. After Jennifer took Walker's Skip out on their first not-so-PG date, the first pop of color sprouted up in the titular town with a single red rose.
3. Varsity Blues (1999)
Though Skip was a basketball player, Varsity Blues was Walker's first foray into big screen quarterback stardom. The actor played Lance Harbor, the captain and star of the West Canaan Coyotes football team until he got injured, leaving room for Johnny Moxon (James Van Der Beek) to take over not only his spot on the team, but his position as the boyfriend of cheerleading captain Darcy Sears (Ali Larter). (No offense to the Beek, but nothing compares to that smile above.) "Doin' Varsity Blues and goin' back to high school was dope," the actor told IGN in 2001. "That was a blast. I mean I loved it. I didn't have a prom and I got to play the meathead jock that I hated in high school ... I know exactly who I was when I was makin' that movie."
4. She's All That (1999)
5. The Skulls (2000)
6. The Fast and the Furious (2001)
In 2001, Walker won the role that launched his career into leading-man status. He played undercover LAPD officer Brian O'Conner, who infiltrated the local street racing scene. It's a role he's taken on for more than a decade and fans are expected to see Walker as O'Conner one last time in Fast & Furious 7. "I love doing action. I love it. It's so much fun," Walker told Hollywood.com at the time the first film came out. "I want to be as involved in it as possible. It's either [you're] sitting around and watching someone else do it, or doing it yourself; I'd rather be doing it myself."
7. Joy Ride (2001)
8. Into the Blue (2005)
As the Fast & Furious films continued to roll out in theaters, Walker brought his high-speed acting skills to the Bahamas-set action movie, co-starring Jessica Alba, Scott Caan, Tyson Beckford, and Josh Brolin.