Harold Hunter was the life of every party. He was a fixture on the streets and skating rinks of Lower Manhattan. With his lively personality, Harold caught the eye of celebrities, movie producers, modeling agencies, and skateboarding teams.
Harold was considered to be a legend in the New York skateboarding scene. He wasn’t just a talented skater, he was a people person. His outgoing nature allows him to relate to celebrities and drifters alike.
Harold Hunter ended up starring in the 1995 controversial coming-of-age film, Kids. He also starred in other films like New Jersey Drive and the TV series Kung Faux. Harold also ventured into modeling for clothing companies like Tommy Hilfiger.
Harold Hunter: A Legend on his Own Right
Harold Hunter started his skateboarding career in the Tompkins and Washington Square Parks. During the 80’s and 90’s, skateboarding was considered a sport for white kids. However, Harold defied expectations and he pursued a skateboarding career.
Harold Hunter was as gregarious inside the skateboarding rink as he was outside the rink. His skateboarding videos keep you entertained to no end. He was a firecracker that was always ready to explode.
Eventually, Harold was sponsored by Skate NYC and Zoo York. During the latter part of his life, he also became one of the co-founders of the Rock Star Bearings Co.
Despite the fame and success, Harold wasn’t great at handling his finances. He lived solely on the allowance given by his skateboarding manager. In addition to this, as Harold became older, acting jobs became scarce.
On February 17, 2006, the life of the party was found lifeless in his Lower East Side apartment. Harold died at the age of 31 due to a cocaine-induced heart attack.
His death led to the formation of the Harold Hunter Foundation. This foundation aims to support kids, like Harold, with a passion for skateboarding.
In life and in death, Harold Hunter is a true skateboarding legend.