Paul William Walker IV was an American actor. He was known for his role as Brian O'Conner in the Fast & Furious franchise. Walker began his career as a child actor in the 1980s, gaining recognition in the 1990s after appearing in the television soap opera The Young and the Restless; he received praise for his performances in the teen comedy She's All That and the comedy-drama Varsity Blues, and saw international fame by starring in The Fast and the Furious. Walker also starred in the commercially successful road thriller Joy Ride, becoming an action star. He followed this with the box-office disappointments Into the Blue and Running Scared, although he earned praise for his performance in the survival drama Eight Below, and for his portrayal of Hank Hansen in Flags of Our Fathers. Outside of these, Walker largely appeared in low budget action films, but starred in the commercially successful heist film Takers.