In 1987 he appeared in The Retaliator (aka Programmed to Kill), a low budget cyborg action film, with Robert Ginty.
He and his sister Ashlie were contestants on a 1988 episode of the game show I'm Telling! In 1993 he played Brandon Collins on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless.
In 2001, he gained international fame for his performance in the street racing action film The Fast and the Furious (2001), a role he reprised in five of the next six installments, but died in 2013 in the middle of filming Furious 7 (2015).
Walker began his career guest-starring on TV shows such as The Young and the Restless and Touched by an Angel.
Shortly after his death, the Hurricane Katrina based film Hours, which he had completed earlier in 2013, was released on December 13, 2013.
He had also completed the action film Brick Mansions, a remake of the French film District 13, which was released in April 2014.
It was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Original Song in 2015 and was the number-one song in the United States for 12 weeks.
Walker was born in Glendale, California, and was the son of Cheryl (née Crabtree), a fashion model, and Paul William Walker III, a sewer contractor and boxer who was a two-time Golden Gloves champion.
He later starred in films such as Joy Ride (2001), Timeline (2003), Into the Blue (2005), Eight Below (2006), and Running Scared (2006).
He also appeared in the National Geographic series Expedition Great White (2010) Walker died on November 30, 2013, at the age of 40 as a passenger in a single-car crash alongside friend and driver Roger Rodas.
He spent 11 days as part of the crew, catching and tagging seven great white sharks off the coast of Mexico.