ByAllanah Faherty, writer at Creators.co
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Allanah Faherty

Paul Walker was tragically taken much too young in a horrific car crash in November 2013, robbing us all of a great talent.

I am a huge fan of his movies and him as an actor, but I realized I knew very little about who Paul Walker was and what made him tick.

The Fast and Furious star would've turned 41 this week, so to celebrate I thought we'd take a look at Paul Walker the person and find out what he was really like.

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Loving Father

Paul was a loving and devoted father to 15 year old Meadow Rain. In the year leading up to his death, Meadow had moved to California to be closer to her dad. She took to Facebook to leave a statement about her fathers death:

When I was little he taught me to walk, taught me to smile, and taught me to never give up. I loved him even before I knew what love was. He was my hero. My REAL life hero! He will always be in my heart! It brings tears in my eyes as I write this. You're gone, but not forgotten! R.I.P Dad!

This message paints such a touching picture of Paul as a dad, a hero to his baby girl. It's clear there was massive love between this father-daughter duo and it's truly heartbreaking that she was so young when he died.

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Philanthropist

While I already knew Paul was a big fan of supporting charitable causes, I had no idea the extent of it. In 2010 Paul founded a humanitarian aid organisation called Reach Out WorldWide (ROWW). Rather than stand back and simply put his face to the organisation, Paul truly cared about making a difference. He traveled to Haiti and Chile after the devastating earthquakes to help and support those affected, as well Alabama after the state was hit by tornadoes.

He was described by JD Dorfman of ROWW:

Paul wasn’t someone who would just write a check and lend his name to an organization; he was the heart and soul of Reach Out WorldWide...Some people play a hero, Paul was a hero. Paul was an honorable, hardworking, dedicated, respectful man with a humble spirit who shared his blessings with those who needed it most

It's awesome that even in death Paul will leave an enormous legacy, not only on the screen but also with all of the charity work he undertook.

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Ocean enthusiast

Paul and Jean-Michel Cousteau
Paul and Jean-Michel Cousteau

Long before acting Paul's first passion was marine biology, which he majored in when he attended college in Southern California. In 2006 he joined the Board of Directors of the Billfish Foundation. Paul was even lucky enough to meet French explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau. he tweeted:

Met the legend, Jean-Michel Cousteau. Son of my childhood idol Jaque Cousteau today.

So cool to hear that Paul had such awesome interest, and was passionate about helping in ocean conservation and study. You may have even seen him on the National Geographic Channel series Shark Men in 2010 when he lived out a dream and spent 11 days catching and tagging Great White Sharks! Wow!

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Adrenalin junkie

So this one might not come as much as surprise, but Paul really was a huge adrenalin junkie. He even described himself as one in his twitter bio. As well as diving with sharks and having a complete love of cars, he was also held a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and may have moonlighted as an amateur snake wrangler?!

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It's great to know that after all these years of watching Paul on screen, the guy behind all of those characters was even more of a hero. Even though it's very sad that he won't be celebrating his 41st birthday this week, his legacy will live on for years to come in the form of his daughter, his great charity and environment work and his movies.

RIP Paul.

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