Paul Walker tribute: Universal & ‘Fast & Furious’ cast & crew pay homage to recently deceased actor
The Paul Walker tribute put out by Universal Pictures’ “Fast & Furious” YouTube account, will likely please fans of the movie franchise – clearly the video’s target audience.
Walker, who played former cop Brian O’Conner in the critically derided but commercially successful Fast & Furious franchise, died at age 40 in a car crash on Nov. 30 in the town of Santa Clarita, located in the northern outskirts of Los Angeles County.
Walker’s friend and business partner, 38-year-old former Porsche racing-car driver Roger Rodas, who was at the wheel, was also killed in the accident.
Check out the Paul Walker tribute below.
Paul Walker tribute: Universal Pictures pays homage to one of the stars – along with Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson – of the Fast & Furious movies.
‘Fast & Furious’ franchise tribute
Of course, the Paul Walker Tribute also happens to be a Fast & Furious tribute, as no other movie featuring the tall, blonde, blue-eyed actor is shown in the two-minute clip.
As Brian O’Conner, Paul Walker was featured in five of the series’ six movies:
- The Fast and the Furious (2001).
- 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003).
- Fast & Furious (2009).
- Fast Five (2011).
- Fast & Furious 6 (2013).
Other actors with recurring roles in the action franchise are:
Vin Diesel. Jordana Brewster. Michelle Rodriguez. Tyrese Gibson. Sung Kang. Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges.
More recently: Dwayne Johnson and Elsa Pataky.
Among the Fast & Furious “guest stars” are Jason Statham, Eva Mendes, Lucas Black, Kurt Russell, and Matt Schulze.
Paul Walker and most of the other Fast & Furious regulars were absent from the 2006 entry The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, starring Lucas Black.
Paul Walker movies
Among Walker’s non-Fast & Furious efforts – oftentimes action/adventure flicks – were the following (in major roles since the late 1990s; as a leading man since the mid-2000s):
- Takers (2010).
Dir.: John Luessenhop.
Cast: Hayden Christensen. Matt Dillon. Michael Ealy. Idris Elba. Chris Brown. Marianne Jean-Baptiste. Gideon Emery.
- The Lazarus Project (2008).
Dir.: John Glenn.
Cast: Piper Perabo. Brooklynn Proulx. Bob Gunton. Lambert Wilson. Linda Cardellini. Tony Curran.
- The Death and Life of Bobby Z (2007).
Dir.: John Herzfeld.
Cast: Laurence Fishburne. Olivia Wilde. Jason Flemyng. Keith Carradine. Joaquim de Almeida. J.R. Villarreal. Jason Lewis. Jacob Vargas. Josh Stewart. Margo Martindale.
- Flags of Our Fathers (2006).
Dir.: Clint Eastwood.
Cast: Ryan Phillippe. Barry Pepper. Joseph Cross. Jesse Bradford. Adam Beach. John Benjamin Hickey. Paul Walker. Jamie Bell. John Slattery. Robert Patrick. Melanie Lynskey. Tom McCarthy. Judith Ivey.
- Running Scared (2006).
Dir.: Wayne Kramer.
Cast: Cameron Bright. Vera Farmiga. Chazz Palminteri. Johnny Messner.
- Eight Below (2006).
Dir.: Frank Marshall.
Cast: Bruce Greenwood. Moon Bloodgood. Wendy Crewson. Jason Biggs.
- Into the Blue (2005).
Dir.: John Stockwell.
Cast: Jessica Alba. Scott Caan. Ashley Scott. Josh Brolin.
- Noel (2004).
Dir.: Chazz Palminteri.
Cast: Susan Sarandon. Penélope Cruz. Marcus Thomas. Sonny Marinelli. Daniel Sunjata. Chazz Palminteri.
- Joy Ride (2001).
Dir.: John Dahl.
Cast: Steve Zahn. Leelee Sobieski. Jessica Bowman.
- The Skulls (2000).
Dir.: Rob Cohen.
Cast: Joshua Jackson. Hill Harper. Leslie Bibb. William Petersen. Craig T. Nelson.
- Varsity Blues (1999).
Dir.: Brian Robbins.
Cast: James Van Der Beek. Jon Voight. Ron Lester. Scott Caan.
- She’s All That (1999).
Dir.: Robert Iscove.
Cast: Freddie Prinze Jr. Rachael Leigh Cook.
- Pleasantville (1998).
Dir.: Gary Ross.
Cast: Toby Maguire. Reese Witherspoon. Joan Allen. William H. Macy. Jeff Daniels. Paul Walker (small role).
Upcoming Paul Walker movies
A couple of other Paul Walker movies are scheduled to come out in the near future:
- The thriller Hours, which opens on Dec. 13 in limited release in the United States.
Dir.: Eric Heisserer.
Cast: Genesis Rodriguez. Nancy Nave. Shane Jacobsen. TJ Hassan.
- The crime/action thriller Brick Mansions, with a tentative 2014 release date.
Dir.: Camille Delamarre.
Cast: David Belle. RZA. Catalina Denis. Carlo Rota. Andreas Apergis.
Fast & Furious 7 a.k.a. Furious 7 will likely be completed, though it’s unclear at this stage whether or not Paul Walker will end up in the final cut of the film. The production is currently on hiatus.
Reach Out Worldwide
As found on the “Fast & Furious” YouTube page, Paul Walker’s family members have asked that “in lieu of flowers or other gifts, that donations please be made to Paul’s charity Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW).”
Paul Walker tribute and Fast & Furious 6 image: Universal Pictures.
“Paul Walker Tribute & Movies: Fast & Furious Actor Video ‘In Loving Memory’ Homage” last updated in July 2018.