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Remembering Paul Walker: Taking a Look Back at the Late Star’s Notable Roles Over the Years

Leaving behind a legacy. Paul Walker touched so many lives before he was tragically killed in a car crash back in November 2013. In honor of the late star’s birthday on September 12, we’re taking a look back at his most notable roles over the years, from comedies to action flicks and more. Paul appeared in several blockbuster films before his untimely passing and as fans may recall, he rose to international fame after starring in The Fast and the Furious in 2001.

“Paul’s an excellent actor. People don’t say that enough, because they’re sort of blinded by how just absurdly attractive he was,” Rachael Leigh Cook said about her former She’s All That costar during an interview with Us Weekly on August 24. “He was just a movie star … The funny thing about Paul is that a lot of actors, I don’t know how to put it without selling us all down the river, but we seem like actors. You know what I mean?”

The Josie and the Pussycats actress praised his incredible character as a person and revealed how appreciative she is to have worked with him. “His energy would just sit under everyone else’s and you could tell that he was thinking and engaged, but he had this vibe about him that he would rather be surfing,” she gushed. “He was athlete-level cool. Yeah, way cooler than the rest of us.”

Paul is not only deeply missed by his friends, but also his daughter, Meadow, shared with his one-time girlfriend Rebecca Soteros. In May, Meadow posted a touching tribute remembering her late father with a throwback photo of him. “His kind of sunshine is hard to find, my best friend forever,” she wrote in the caption.

Meadow also treated fans to a heartwarming home video ahead of the seventh anniversary of his death. “I never thought I’d share this,” she wrote alongside the clip on Instagram in April. “But it felt right. Be good. I love you. Stay safe.” Meadow has continued to honor his memory by working with the Paul Walker Foundation to “serve as an enduring light of his unique spirit, far-reaching goals, and spontaneous goodwill.”

Scroll through the gallery of gifs from his notable roles below. 

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