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Harold Hunter
Born Harold Atkins Hunter
April 2, 1974(1974-04-02)
New York City, New York, United States
Died February 17, 2006 (aged 31)
New York City, New York, United States
Occupation Professional skateboarder, actor
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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 controversial 1995 film Kids, playing the role of Harold.

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Born in New York City, Hunter grew up in the East Village and became associated with a local skate crew that hung out near Tompkins Square Park. His uncommon skating power, raw speed and poise made him a standout. His first press appeared in 1989 in a Thrasher magazine photo essay photographed by Charlie Samuels about the New York City skateboard scene. He was a prominent member of a growing number of New York skateboard pros including: Jeff Pang, Steve Cales, Jeremy Henderson, Dave Ortiz, the Shut Skates crew and Joe Humeres. They skated at the Brooklyn Banks (a curved brick park adjacent to the Brooklyn Bridge offramp near Wall Street), Union Square, and Lafayette and Broadway.

As a skateboarder, Hunter was sponsored most notably by Zoo York.[1] He also owned Rock Star Bearings Co. He skated goofy-footed, and some of his favorite skateboarding tricks included the Backside Heel, 360 Ollie, Nollie Heel, Feeble Grind, and the Switch Crooked Grind.

Hunter was also featured in an episode of TLC show Miami Ink, in which he had an image of the World Trade Center with the words "New York City" and "Sk8 Or Die" tattooed on his arm.[2].

He was featured in a skateboarding TV show on the Fuel TV channel, called Skate Maps. He was also featured in the video for Joan Osbourne's "One of Us", and performed various voice over roles for the Dubtitled Entertainment produced television series titled "Kung Faux" created by Michael "Mic" Neumann.

Death

On February 17, 2006, Hunter was found dead from a heart attack in his Lower East Side apartment.[3][4]

Actress Rosario Dawson posted a remembrance for Hunter at the Rockstar Bearings website.[5] Harold Hunter's name is also remembered in dedication, tagged above the mini ramp of the KCDC Skateshop in Brooklyn. In a Later Episode after his death his former long time roommate had a Koi fish tattooed in his memory.

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External links

Year Title Role
1995 Kids Harold
1996 Mind Games Student #3
1998 Hand on the Pump Junior
2003 Kung Faux Various
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