Paul Walker, co-star of the mega-hit Fast and the Furious film franchise who died on Saturday in a fiery car crash, was proud of his Irish roots.
Walker, 40 when he died, was interviewed by the Irish website Joe.ie in the spring of this year to promote the sixth F&F film and he said he’d love to visit Ireland for the premiere of the seventh installment which is due next July – or at least it was prior to the tragedy.
“I’d like that,” Walker enthused when asked by the interviewer about a trip to Ireland. “I’ve never been. I’ve got Irish blood – come on!”
Walker’s paternal grandfather Paul Walker II was a pro boxer who went by the name of Irish Billy Walker. The Walker family also claimed British and German ancestry.
So sad, and no word yet on how the F&F producers will handle Walker’s death going forward. He played the role of law enforcement member Brian O’Conner in five of the six films, which have grossed more than $2 billion worldwide.