Harold Hunter

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Harold Hunter
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in Times Square, New York City (1989) photo by Charlie Samuels
Born Harold Atkins Hunter
(1974-04-02)April 2, 1974
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died February 17, 2006(2006-02-17) (aged 31)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Cause of death
Drug-related heart attack
Occupation Professional skateboarder, actor

Harold Atkins Hunter (April 2, 1974 – February 17, 2006) was an American professional skateboarder and actor. He was best known on screen for his part in Larry Clark's 1995 film Kids, playing the role of Harold.

Career[edit]

Hunter was born in New York City and grew up in the East Village. He became associated with a local skate crew that hung out near Tompkins Square Park and was first sponsored by local skate shop "Skate NYC". Hunter first came to public attention in 1989 in a Thrasher magazine photo essay photographed by Charlie Samuels about the New York City skateboard scene. A goofy-footed skateboarder, Hunter was sponsored most notably by Zoo York.[1] Later on he started Rock Star Bearings Co.

Hunter also appeared in the critically acclaimed TV series Kung Faux performing various voice-overs, and on an episode of the popular TV series Miami Ink. In the episode he received a tattoo from Chris Garver which commemorated his New York roots and his connections from his youth with the World Trade Center. The tattoo was on his upper arm and depicted the towers with a skateboarder jumping in front of them, with the words "New York City" above, and "Sk-8 or Die" below. This tattoo is also revisited in another episode of Miami Ink that focuses of Chris Garver's tattoos.

Death[edit]

On February 17, 2006, Hunter was found dead from a cocaine-induced heart attack in his Lower East Side apartment.[2][3] The Harold Hunter Foundation was founded in his memory to support city kids interested in skateboarding.

Filmography[edit]

  • New Jersey Drive (film) (1995)
  • Kids (1995)
  • Mind Games (1996)
  • Hand on the Pump (1998)
  • Save the last Dance (2001)
  • Kung Faux (2003)
  • Man Under Wire (2005)

References[edit]

  1. ^ SkateboardDirectory.com: News : Harold Hunter, Zoo York Skateboard Pro, Dies at 31
  2. ^ Kilgannon, Corey (2006-02-25). "Harold Hunter, 31, Skateboarder With Celebrity Appeal, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-12-05. 
  3. ^ Sommers, Michael A. (2008). Cocaine. The Rosen Publishing Group. p. 25. ISBN 1-4042-1379-1. 

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