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Paul Walker

Nov. 30, 2013 – that was the date when one of Hollywood’s nice guys passed away. People who knew actor, Paul Walker, described him as someone that became like a brother when he was your friend while others said he was an angel with the most beautiful smile.

Hidden underneath all of that was also a kind soul that was always eager to help out various charities. He was even on the way back from a charity event on the day that he tragically died in the car accident that claimed his life.

Now any film critic or journalist will honestly tell you that Paul Walker was no Daniel Day-Lewis or Leonardo Di Caprio, it was unlikely that he was ever going to win an Oscar for his outstanding acting performances. Instead he was the kind of actor that made enjoyable films that were fun for an audience to go and watch.

Let’s take a look at some of Paul Walker’s top films:

“Joy Ride” (2001) – “Joy Ride” or “Roadkill” (as it is known in some countries) is a hidden gem in the horror thriller genre. What was a veiled a ‘teenage thrill ride’ was actually a film that could give you goosebumps the next time a truck sails past you on the freeway. All thanks to a great little script from the legendary J.J. Abrams.

Walker plays Lewis Thomas a young student who decides to drive across country to visit his best friend (and he hopes to be soon girlfriend) Venna (Leelee Sobieski). Along the way though he has to pick up his brother, Fuller (Steve Zahn), who has once again got him into a spot of bother. It’s there that the fun (or should that be horror) starts when Fuller decides that it would be fun to get a CB Radio and play jokes on truck drivers. Soon they have a psychotic truck driver named Rusty Nail (Matthew Kimbrough/Ted Levine) coming after them as he doesn’t like being the victim of a joke.

Often these kinds of teen horrors fall flat on their face but here Abrams’ script absolutely nails it. The suspense is raised to eleven and even after watching the film a number of times there are a more than a few moments that will make you jump.

“Varsity Blues” (1999) – One of the first film roles that made people sit up and take notice of a young actor named Paul Walker was “Varsity Blues.” The film was designed to show that “Dawson’s Creek” star James Van Der Beek could also be a big screen star, but instead it was Walker who impressed those who saw the film.

Here Walker plays Lance Harbor the star quarterback of a High School football team based in Texas. Lance has everything he’s the most popular kid in school, he’s the town darling and he looks set for a college scholarship. But then everything turns bad when Coach Kilmer (Jon Voight) pushes him too far and he does a knee injury that ends his season.

Walker showed in this role that he had more than just good looks, that he actually had some acting skills, more than enough actually to see him make it in Hollywood.

“The Skulls” (2000) – Paul Walker also showed his skill and another film that was to showboat another “Dawson’s Creek” stars’ ability. With director Rob Cohen at the helm “The Skulls” was supposed to be a teen thriller led by Joshua Jackson.

Jackson played Lucas McNamara a gifted young student who joins a ‘special’ college fraternity known as The Skulls in order to make sure that he is accepted into his dream college and course – Harvard Law. Soon his friends Chloe Whitfield (Leslie Bibb) and Caleb Mandrake (Paul Walker) are also wrapped up in the deadly game that comes directly from The Skulls.

On reflection the story behind “The Skulls” doesn’t make a lot of sense, but this is still a worthy thriller that at times has you on the edge of your seat.

“The Fast And The Furious” (2001) – Twelve months after “The Skulls” Paul Walker again worked with director, Rob Cohen. This time in a film that would turn into a franchise that would change his career that would change his life and make him one of Hollywood’s most famous stars.

Walker exploded onto the scene as Agent Brian O’Conner a cop who goes undercover as a street racer in a bid to bring down a group of criminals including Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). But soon Brian finds himself enjoying the lifestyle and even falling in love with Dom’s sister Mia (Jordana Brewster).

This was a role that really allowed Paul Walker to shine. There were scenes of intense drama between Dom and Brian plus Walker got to indulge in some stunt work and embrace a huge love in his life… fast cars.

“Fast Five” (2011) – Ten years into the franchise and it was starting to lose its appeal a little. Paul Walker had appeared in some, Vin Diesel had appeared in some. Truth be told though the franchise was always a little on the nose when they both didn’t appear in the same film. But then came “Fast Five” the film that saw director Justin Lin turn the whole thing on its head.

Paul Walker had begun to make a name for himself as an actor that enjoyed stunts and Lin pushed him to the limits as Brian and Dom tried to outrun some new law enforcement officer, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). The good news was that Walker was up to the challenge and he more than proved himself as an action star as well as a half-decent actor.

If you’re looking at a way to remember the fun loving Paul after his tragic death then why not give these five films a bit of spin and remember the good times?

One Tree Hill

“One Tree Hill” turned into one of the most popular television shows of the early 2000s. The show, which was created by Mark Schwahn, filled the void left by the demise of “Dawson’s Creek” and while it always seemed to skirt the tight line between soap or drama did produce some moments of good acting. With the show being off the air for a while now we take a look at what the members of the cast are doing now.

Bethany Joy Lenz: Bethany Joy Lenz played the sweet and trusting Haley James Scott in “One Tree Hill.” During her time on the show her character of Haley also made a name for herself as a singer, a career that Lenz also wanted to pursue. Since the show ended Lenz has released two albums independently – “Then Slowly Grows” (2012) and “Your Woman” (2013). She has also done some television work, appearing in the shows “Sock Monkee Therapy,” “C.S.I: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Men At Work” in small roles. She has also had bigger roles in the hit series “Dexter” where she played Cassie Jollenston.

Sophia Bush: No character on “One Tree Hill” changed as much as Brooke Davis. The challenging role saw Sophia Bush go from playing a trampy High School cheerleader in the first two seasons to a gifted young business woman in the later seasons. During her time on “One Tree Hill” Sophia Bush appeared in notable films like “John Tucker Must Die,” “The Hitcher” and “Chalet Girl.” Since the show wrapped production she has appeared in the television movie “Hatfields & McCorys” and had a starring role in the short lived “Partners” alongside Brandon Routh. In 2013 she played Erin Lindsay in “Chicago Fire” which has now spun-off into “Chicago PD” in which she now has a lead role.

James Lafferty: Before “One Tree Hill” James Lafferty only had limited acting experience. Instead it was his basketball skills that won over creator Mark Schwahn, something that came in handy seeing his character of Nathan Scott started out as a high school basketballer and eventually made it to the big league in the NBA. Since “One Tree Hill” ended Lafferty has appeared in a television show called “Crisis” and also two feature films – “Lost On Purpose” (with Jane Kaczmarek) and horror film “Oculus” with Katee Sackhoff. He will also soon be seen on the big screen once again, this time alongside Skeet Ulrich in the war film “Citizen Soldiers.”

Lee Norris: Lee Norris has to be one of the luckiest cast members of “One Tree Hill.” His character of Mouth started off as a ‘fringe’ character – a lovable loser who the other characters always seemed to feel comfortable opening up to. As the show went on though the audience ended up loving Mouth and soon Lee Norris was a full-time cast member. Before “One Tree Hill” Norris had appeared in “Dawson’s Creek” as well as feature film “Zodiac.” Since the show wrapped he has appeared in one episode of “Paulilu Mixtape” and is currently filming “Gone Girl,” a feature film directed by David Fincher and starring Ben Affleck.

Paul Johansson: Often the bad guy of a television series is the character most remembered. Actor Paul Johansson certainly had the bad guy role down pat in “One Tree Hill” when he played evil Dad turn murderer as Dan Scott. Before the show began Johansson had already put together a pretty decent acting Resume. Since the show has finished he has been one of the busiest actors. He has appeared in television shows “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Beauty And The Beast.” He has also appeared in number of television movies including “Stonados” and “House Of Secrets.” Johansson fans can also be excited by the fact that he will soon be appearing in the feature films “Dear Eleanor” (with Jessica Alba) and John Stockewell’s “Kid Cannabis.”

Chad Michael Murray: “One Tree Hill” was Chad Michael Murray’s show. In the early days the show centered completely around his character of the basketball playing writer Lucas Scott, but some off-screen wrangling saw Murray leave the show before it wrapped production in 2012. That hasn’t seemed to have affected Murray’s career and since his departure he has worked on other shows including “Southland” and “Chosen.” He has also appeared in a number of feature films including “Day One” (with Kat Dennings), the critically acclaimed “Fruitvale Station,” “The Haunting In Connecticut 2: Ghosts Of Georgia” (with Katee Sackhoff), “Cavemen” and “Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas.” He will also soon be appearing on the big screen once again in “Other People’s Children” and the new Nicolas Cage film “Left Behind.”

Hilarie Burton: The other half of “One Tree Hill’s” most epic romances was Hilarie Burton as she played the music obsessed Peyton. Before “One Tree Hill” Burton was mainly known as a VJ and she had had one small appearance in “Dawson’s Creek” playing herself. While she was working on “One Tree Hill” she put together a decent resume by appearing in feature films including “Our Very Own,” “The List,” the underrated “Normal Adolescent Behaviour,” “Solstice” and “The Secret Life Of Bees” (as part of an all-star cast including Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson and Dakota Fanning). Since she departed “One Tree Hill” she has appeared on television shows including “Castle,” “White Collar,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Hostages.” She has also had roles in television movies like “Naughty Or Nice,” “The List” and “Christmas On The Bayou.” Her latest film credit was in “Bloodworth” (with Hilary Duff, Val Kilmer and Kris Kristofferson) and she will soon be appearing in “Plastic Jesus” (with Mackenzie Foy and Paul Schneider.

Antwon Tanner: One of the other lucky actors in “One Tree Hill” was Antwon Tanner. Just like Lee Norris his character of Skills was a ‘fringe’ character who only seemed to be in the show for comic relief. However the character proved popular with the audience and soon he became a full cast member. Over the years before he was on the show Tanner had appeared in a number of movies including the underrated “Coach Carter” (with Denzel Washington). Since the show finished in 2012 he has also been in other movies including “One Blood,” “Percentage,” “Crush,” “The Dempsey Sisters” and “Q.” He will soon also be appearing in new movies “C.R.U.,” “7 Faces Of Jack The Ripper,” “Two Faced” and “Who Can I Run To.”

Yes “One Tree Hill’ may have finished but it seems like fans of the show will be able to watch their favorite actors on the big screen for a long time to come.