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Walker was a teen star who reinvented himself: thesp has three completed projects yet to be released.

"The Fast and the Furious" star Paul Walker reinvented his career in spectacular fashion after nearly being written off as a teen heartthrob in the 1990s. But after being cast in the first "The Fast and the Furious," he became the rare actor to potentially star in six out of seven films in a hit franchise, amassing a worldwide fan following.

The actor, who was 40, died Nov. 30 after the Porsche in which he was riding crashed and burst into flames in Santa Clarita, Calif.

The car was being driven by a friend, financial advisor Roger Rodas, following an event for Walker's charity Reach Out Worldwide.

Walker starred as LAPD detective and later FBI officer Brian O'Conner in all but one of the blockbuster "The Fast and the Furious" movies.

He had recently produced his first film, "Hours," a drama in which he also starred, set during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which is due out Dec. 13 from Lionsgate's Pantelion Films. Among his other films awaiting release are Relativity Media's actioner "Brick Mansions" and "Vehicle 19."

A protege of famed talent agent Ed Limato, he began to make his mark, often playing the aimable hunk, in features in the late 1990s with roles in "Pleasantville," "Varsity Blues," "She's All That" and "Skulls" before breaking out with the first "Fast and the Furious" pie in 2001.

Walker worked to broaden his range, gaining notice for his role in crime thriller "Running Scared" and appearing in Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Fathers."

A native of Glendale, Calif., he got his start as a youth in commercials and TV series ranging from "Charles in Charge" and "Who's the Boss" to "The Young and the Restless."

Most recently, Walker was in production on the seventh installment of the "Fast and Furious" franchise.

Survivors include a teenage daughter, Meadow, his mother and father, two brothers and a sister.

PAT SAPERSTEIN

@variety.pats

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Title Annotation:PAUL WALKER 1973-2013
Author:Saperstein, Pat
Publication:Variety
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Date:Dec 3, 2013
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