Sunday, December 01, 2013


Actor Paul Walker, 40, died in a car crash yesterday following a charity event.

Walker rode the "Fast & Furious" franchise to stardom, starring in all but one of the six action blockbusters, beginning with the first film in 2001. The blond-haired, blue-eyed Los Angeles-native brought California surfer good-looks and an easy, warm charm to the popular street-racing series.

The son of a fashion model and a sewer contractor, Walker grew up in a working class, Mormon household in Glendale, Calif. The oldest of five siblings, Walker's mother began taking him to auditions as a toddler. He was a child model beginning at the age of 2.

Walker has said the early induction to show business wasn't to start him on a career path, but as a way to help provide for the family.

After a string of TV roles as a child in the '80s, including small roles on "Who's the Boss" and "Charles in Charge," Walker made his feature film debut in the 1998 comedy "Meet the Deedles." Supporting roles in the films "Pleasantville," ''Varsity Blues" and "Flags of Our Fathers" followed.

Soccer star and plane crash survivor Bill Foulkes, 81, has died. No cause of death was given.

He had an interesting story:

Bill Foulkes, who died at 81 on Monday in Manchester, epitomized the team’s grit. He sustained only minor injuries in the crash, and was the new team captain when United took the field against Sheffield Wednesday. “It was the best thing to do,” Foulkes, a taciturn, bull-strong center back, said of the decision to play.

But it was not the easy thing to do. He had not been able to sleep or eat. His head throbbed, and would continue to ache for years. And he could not stop thinking that United “would have developed into one of the great teams of all time,” The Daily Mail, another British paper, quoted him as saying in its obituary.

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