I gotta say, I'm still a little upset at the news of Paul Walker's passing. Paul was a humble and talented person and Hollywood will not be the same without him. In addition to being the star of one of the most exciting and profitable movie franchises of all time, Paul happened to be a quiet philanthropist who used his wealth to help those in need. And he did it all without ever seeking an ounce of attention for himself. When an 8.8 earthquake struck Chile, Paul flew down to provide support to local victims. He also personally helped deliver humanitarian aid to the people of Haiti, after they suffered an equally devastating earthquake. When he died on Saturday, he was actually attending a fundraiser to raise money for the victims of the recent typhoon in the Philippines. That's the kind of person Paul Walker was.
Outside of acting and quietly helping those in need, Paul had two serious passions: Marine biology and cars. His personal idol was marine explorer, Jacques Cousteau. Paul gave generous amounts of time and money to marine related causes over his lifetime.
As would be expected of the star of the Fast & Furious franchise, Paul loved cars and had a very impressive personal collection. Paul, whose grandfather was a race car driver, kept 20-30 vintage and modern cars in his garage at any given time. His collection was constantly changing as new cars were acquired and old cars were sold, usually for quite a hefty profit. Paul actually had a dealer's license and owned a business that manufactured high end performance parts and exhaust pipes. His garage was maintained as an active showroom at all times, partly in case a buyer happened to pass through and partly because Paul considered his cars "functional pieces of art". His collection included extremely valuable Ferraris. Lamborghinis, Corvettes, Porsches as well as dozens of vintage cars. When asked to discuss his favorite cars in the collection, here's what Paul had to say:
BMW '74 2002 Touring
Ford Escort Cosworth
This is the car that Paul drove in Fast & Furious 6
R34 Nissan Skyline
This is the car that was used in the first Fast & Furious movie
This car was also used in the first Fast & Furious movie
RIP Paul, you will be missed.