Paul Walker, killed in a fiery crash in Santa Clarita on Saturday, had wanted to leave the acting profession that made him famous, according to his grieving father.
As a memorial for the actor — best known for his roles in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise — grew at the site of the single-car collision on Monday, his father recalled that his 40-year-old son had wanted a break from Hollywood.
“He loved people,” Paul Walker III said. “The business — he never cared for this business. It just happened. Many, many times, he wanted to quit.”
Walker, who was born in Glendale, began regularly acting in films in the 1990s. When the first installment of “The Fast and the Furious” came out in 2001, he became a star.
With his friend Roger Rodas, who was driving and also died in the crash, Walker helped run a car shop called Always Evolving in Valencia. The two were leaving an event for Walker’s charity, Reach Out Worldwide, when the collision occurred.
The actor was described as generous and unselfish by his father, who said his son looked up to a paramedic brother. He had wanted to spend more time with his teenage daughter, Paul Walker III said of the actor.
Walker and his father, who lives in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Sunland, had recently had last week lunch at a favorite local spot, the Burrito Factory.
“I made it a point every time I saw him or my children to hug them and kiss them, and tell them … ‘You know, I love you,'” the elder Walker said. “As a father, that’s a fear you always have, that one of your children will go before you.”
Funeral arrangements for Walker were being made.
In a post on Walker’s Facebook page, His family asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Reach Out Worldwide.
“Paul founded the organization with the genuine desire to help others, and it’s important to his family to keep his memory alive through ROWW,” the post stated.
KTLA’s Kareen Wynter contributed to this report.