Daytime soap operas do a pretty good job of scouting future acting talent. The likes of James Earl Jones, Meg Ryan and Eva Longoria all did soap stints before becoming household names. “Fast and the Furious” star Paul Walker, who died in a car accident at age 40 Saturday, caught a big break on The Young and the Restless.
Walker portrayed Brandon Collins, a mailroom worker with a crush on heiress Victoria Newman. Here they are in a Christmas episode. He looks so young I almost didn’t recognize him at first:
Viewers and industry insiders alike realized this guy wasn’t long for daytime. Walker received a 1994 Soap Opera Digest Awards nomination for Outstanding Male Newcomer.
Eric Braeden, Y&R’s Victor Newman, told TV station KCAL Walker made it look effortless.
“He was just so unpretentious,” Braeden said. “An easygoing, Southern California guy. I’ve worked with quite a few people over the years. But I had a feeling he would make it on the big screen.”
Just four years after his run on Y&R, Walker appeared in “Varsity Blues,” putting him on his way to starring in the blockbuster “Fast and the Furious” movies. The sixth installment was one of 2013’s most profitable films, inspiring obvious imitators in “Need for Speed” and an upcoming adaptation of Sony’s Gran Turismo racing games.
Universal has confirmed that a mourning period for the cast and major rewrites, “Fast and the Furious 7″ will go on as planned.
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