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James Van Der Beek's touching tribute to 'Varsity Blues' co-star Paul Walker

(Yahoo!) - James Van Der Beek has fond memories of Paul Walker. And he decided to share his special bond in a tender Throwback Thursday post on Twitter.

Van Der Beek posted memorabilia from the set of "Varsity Blues," the 1999 football flick in which he and the late "Fast & Furious" actor played small town high school quarterbacks and best friends.

"Came across this poster in a storage unit and almost cried..." wrote the 36-year-old, tagging Walker. In the accompanying photo, the actors — who were in the early days of their professional success — are in character as Mox (Van Der Beek) and Lance (Walker) and standing side by side in football gear.

The "Dawson's Creek" alum then posted a playbook used in the movie as well as a close-up shot of one trick play that apparently was changed during the production.

That prompted another "Blues" star, Amy Smart, to share her thoughts via an Instagram pic of her, Walker and co-star Jon Voight with the message, "What a tragic loss. Paul Walker was such a gem, so kind and always had a smile on his face."

It's been nearly two weeks since Walker perished in a fiery car crash, which remains under investigation. Hours after Walker's death, on Nov. 30, Van Der Beek tweeted his condolences.

That prompted another "Blues" star, Amy Smart, to share her thoughts via an Instagram pic of her, Walker and co-star Jon Voight with the message, "What a tragic loss. Paul Walker was such a gem, so kind and always had a smile on his face."

Meanwhile, Walker's family is preparing to say their final goodbyes to the star. He will be cremated in a private service, with only family members in attendance, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills this weekend, according to E! News. A second gathering, which will also include friends, will also take place. It's invitation only and members of the press are not allowed.

Walker's family already gathered to view one of his last movies, "Hours," at a special screening at a theater in La Cañada Flintridge, California, E! News reports. They were described as "very stoic," but the "enjoyed the film and had a really lovely evening." His 15-year-old daughter, Meadow, was not there because she and Paul's father had already seen the movie when they accompanied the actor to the South by Southwest Film Festival earlier this year.

 

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