Gary Ross’ morality tale about a 1950s sitcom sprung to life gave Walker his breakout role as Skip Martin, the squeaky-clean, all-American basketball star with a penchant for cheeseburgers and cherry Coke.
She’s All That 1999
He starred as a jerk in this high school rom-com, betting his best friend (Freddie Prinze Jr.) that he couldn’t make a prom queen out of dorky Laney Boggs (Rachael Leigh Cook). Teen girls idolized him anyway.
Eight Below 2006
The pooches steal the show, but Walker anchors the snowy survival tale as an Antarctic guide who is forced to leave his eight sled dogs to fend for themselves when explorers abandon a research station.
Varsity Blues 1999
Walker spent much of his early career playing the popular jock. In this coming-of-age football film, he was a handsome quarterback sidelined by a debilitating knee injury (and replaced by James Van Der Beek).
Joy Ride 2001
While driving cross-country with his ex-con brother (Steve Zahn), Walker’s character pranks a truck driver — with deadly results. The underrated chiller made CB radios downright scary.
Flags of Our Fathers 2006
Walker’s brief but memorable role as a U.S. Marine in Clint Eastwood’s first film about the Battle of Iwo Jima marked the only time the actor worked with an Oscar-winning director.