Paul Walker was best known for his action-packed films, but many are remembering the late actor, who died on Saturday in a fiery car crash, as a big softie with a huge heart.

During the holiday season several years ago, the "Fast & Furious" actor walked into Bailey Banks and Biddle Jewelers in Santa Barbara, California, and, according to sales associate Irene King, what happened next was practically out of a feel-good Hollywood movie.

He was browsing for bling at the same time as a soldier who had just finished his first tour of duty in Iraq, and was looking at engagement rings with his fiancée.  Thecouple saw a ring set they liked, but it was way too expensive and boasted a hefty $10,000 price tag.

Paul witnessed this and as soon as the couple left, he told the store manager to put the ring the coupled wanted “on his tab” but to keep his identity hidden. According to King, the store never told the couple that Walker was the man behind the purchase, and nobody ever knew the sweet story until now.

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