Walker describes himself as a “total gear head” and besides Mitsubishi Evo, he also used 1995 green-and-blue Mitsubishi Eclipse. This car features neon green undercar lights, a see through roll cage cross beam, a customized center console to fit VDO temperature and volt meters, with customized carbon fiber panels for cut off switches, as well as, an upholstered dash with carbon fiber trim.
It was only ironic that he also died because of a tragic car accident in November 30, 2013 while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW). Incidentally, today is supposed to be Walker’s 41st birthday.
Walker became one of the Philippine’s most love foreign actors for helping the victims of typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in 2013. He visited the country in May 2013 promoting his film The Fast and the Furious.
Considered the most “method” of all actors in Hollywood, Walker also works on cars off-screen and was able to collect approximately 30 cars over the years. In fact, those cars were on sale in May 2014 by his shop Always Evolving. According to reports, part of the proceed of those cars were donated to ROWW.
In an article in Askmen, Walker said his grandfather was a race car driver and for him, cars are a hobby that’s turned into a real business. He also admitted that he was buying and selling all the time and even had a dealer’s license.
For him, it’s cathartic to tinker with cars. He said, “If you’ve got a lot on your mind, you can go in and get underneath a car doing even something as simple as just swapping out tires. You got all the equipment in there, putting it on a rack, getting underneath it. I like doing that. It’s fun. Oil changes, basic stuff. I’m not a mechanic by any stretch, especially when it comes to the modern stuff, but I can do all the basics.”
Born on September 12, 1973 in Glendale, California, Walker began his early career guest starring in several television shows such as The Young and the Restless and Touched by an Angel. Then he gained prominence with roles in teen films She’s All That and Varsity Blues.
In 2001, he gained international fame for playing Brian O’Conner in the film The Fast and the Furious that has six sequels. The seventh sequel premieres on April 3, 2015 that includes scenes with Walker’s character Brian O’Conner.
Vin Diesel, 46, the other lead actor in the film, recently confessed how “awkward and uncomfortable” it was to film the seventh sequel without Walker.
Diesel explained in his Facebook account that he used to go over the scenes with Walker before for quality. “There wasn’t a scene in the saga he didn’t want to discuss, improve…even with just a changing of a line or adding a specific nuance to enrich a moment,” Diesel wrote. “He did it with the pride of knowing, that over a decade of portraying Brian, through four directors, multiple writers and new producers he was able to maintain the inner core of the character he created. Those work ethics and drive to be both truthful, and in his own way, evolve the decade spanning character is what made his character as iconic as it has become,” Diesel recalls.
Man for all
Walker was a selfless humanitarian who did far more for mankind. In fact, he founded Reach Out Worldwide to be able to help those in need like the victims of the Yolanda typhoon. He also paid a visit to Haiti in the wake of the 2010 earthquake.
The other side of Walker
Besides his passion for acting and cars, he is also a passionate surfer, a dedicated father, a black belter, a keen traveler and a pet lover.
He resided in Santa Barbara California with his golden retriever dogs and surfed in his spare time.
“Surfing soothes me, it’s always been kind of zen experience for me. The ocean is so magnificent, peaceful and awesome. The rest of the world disappears for me when I’m on a wave,” Walker said in one of his interviews and considers Jacques-Yves Cousteau as his favorite marine biologist.
He also enjoyed his life in Santa Barbara with his daughter Meadow Rain with his ex-girlfriend Rebecca Soteros. According to Meadow, she used to tell Walker all her secrets and she missed him very much. Meadow inherited the late actor’s entire fortune that is estimated at around $16 million.
Given the honorary black belt by Jiu-Jitsu teacher Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller, Walker was trained for nine years for the Fast and Furious film.
A certified pet lover, he owned a dog named Zero, a Labrador, a Chesapeake Bay puppy and a horse named Cowboy.
A keen traveler, Walker visited countries like India, Fidji, Costa Rica and our country the Philippines.