Paul William Walker IV (born September 12, 1973) is an American actor. He became well known in 1999 after his role in the hit film Varsity Blues. However, he is perhaps best known for starring as Brian O'Conner in The Fast and the Furious film series. His other films include Eight Below, Into the Blue, She's All That and Takers. He also appears in the National Geographic Channel series Expedition Great White.
The cinema of the United States, often generally referred to as Hollywood, has had a profound effect on cinema across the world since the early 20th century. Its history is sometimes separated into four main periods: the silent film era, classical Hollywood cinema, New Hollywood, and the contemporary period. While the French Lumière Brothers are generally credited with the birth of modern cinema, it is indisputably American cinema that soon became the most dominant force in an emerging industry. Since the 1920s, the American film industry has grossed more money every year than that of any other country.
In 1878, Eadweard Muybridge demonstrated the power of photography to capture motion. In 1894, the world's first commercial motion picture exhibition was given in New York City, using Thomas Edison's Kinetoscope. The United States was in the forefront of sound film development in the following decades. Since the early 20th century, the U.S. film industry has largely been based in and around Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Picture City, FL was also a planned site for a movie picture production center in the 1920s, but due to the 1928 Okeechobee hurricane, the idea collapsed and Picture City returned to its original name of Hobe Sound. Director D. W. Griffith was central to the development of film grammar. Orson Welles's Citizen Kane (1941) is frequently cited in critics' polls as the greatest film of all time.
The Fast and the Furious (or simply Fast & Furious) is a series of American action films which centers on illegal street racing and heists. Produced by Universal Studios, the series was established in 2001 with the eponymous first installment; it has since been followed by five sequels, two short films that tie into the series, and a related video game series. Having earned $2,380,084,668 as of October 22, 2013 at the worldwide box office, it has become Universal Studios' biggest franchise of all time.
Vin Diesel (born Mark Sinclair or Mark Sinclair Vincent; July 18, 1967) is an American actor, producer, director, and screenwriter. He came to prominence in the late 1990s, and first became known for appearing in Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan in 1998. He is most known for his portrayals of Riddick in trilogyThe Chronicles of Riddick (2001–2013), and of Dominic Toretto in film seriesThe Fast and the Furious (2001–present), two franchises in which he also acted as producer.
He also starred in xXx (2002) and Sidney Lumet's Find Me Guilty (2006). His voice acting work includes Brad Bird's The Iron Giant (1999), the video games of The Chronicles of Riddick franchise, and the upcoming adaptationGuardians of the Galaxy of the Marvel comics of the same name.
Fast & Furious also known as Fast & Furious IV is a 2009 American street racing action film directed by Justin Lin and written by Chris Morgan. It is the fourth installment in film seriesThe Fast and the Furious.
The plot connects with the franchise's original film from which Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster reprise their roles. Despite being the fourth episode of the series, it is set before its third installment, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
Dominic Toretto is a fictional character and the lead protagonist of The Fast and the Furious series. He is portrayed by Vin Diesel, and was created by screenwriter Gary Scott Thompson. Dom is first introduced in the movie The Fast and the Furious (2001). He later appears in Fast & Furious (2009), Fast Five (2011), and Fast & Furious 6 (2013), as well as the short film Los Bandoleros (2009) and a cameo role at the end of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006).
Hospitality is the relationship between the guest and the host, or the act or practice of being hospitable. This includes the reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.