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Tony Hawk is an American professional skateboarder, actor, stuntman, and the owner of the skateboard company Birdhouse. Hawk completed the first documented 900, licensed a video game series published by Activision, and is one of the pioneers of modern vertical skateboarding.
In 2002, he created the “Boom Boom HuckJam”, an extreme sports exhibition and tour that was launched in Las Vegas. Hawk has appeared in films, other media, and his own series of video games. He has also been involved in various philanthropic activities, including his own Tony Hawk Foundation that helps to build skate parks in underprivileged areas. In 2014, Hawk was named one of the most influential skateboarders of all time by FoxWeekly.
Tony Hawk was born on May 12, 1968 in San Diego, California to Nancy and Frank Peter Rupert Hawk, and was raised in San Diego. As a child, Hawk was described as “hyperactive”,and his mother has stated that he was “so hard on himself and expected himself to do so many things.” One time, Hawk struck out in baseball and was so distraught that he hid in a ravine and had to be “physically coaxed out” by his father. His frustration with himself was so harsh that his parents had him psychologically evaluated at school.
On June 27, 1999, Hawk became the first skateboarder to land a “900”, a trick involving the completion of two-and-a-half mid-air revolutions. That was on a skateboard, in which he was successful on his twelfth attempt. But he continued to perform at the annual X Games until 2003, when he retired from professional competition for good.
Film and television
In 1986, Hawk was a featured skateboarder and skater-double for Josh Brolin in the movie Thrashin’. Later, in 1987, he made a brief appearance in the movie Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol with David Spade. In 1989, he appeared as a skateboarder in Gleaming the Cube. Moreover, in 2002, he appeared in Neal H. Moritzs’s and Christopher Gilcrest’s film xXx playing the role of one of Xander Cage’s stuntman friends, and later in the movie, a skateboarder at a party. In 2004, he played himself in the Australian skateboarding movie Deck Dogz.
Later, in 2006, he made a cameo on the film Drake & Josh Go Hollywood as himself. Hawk also had a cameo in the movie The New Guy, and appeared in Jackass: The Movie with Mat Hoffman and Bam Margera, skateboarding in a fat suit and Jackass Number Two, while skateboarding through an obstacle course. He was also in Jackass 3D. Tony appears in the film following the 2006 Gumball Rally, 3000 Miles, again with Bam Margera.
Image and legacy
In December 2011, Hawk was identified by Transworld Skateboarding magazine as the second most influential skateboarder of all time, after Mark Gonzales. Moreover, in January 2013, professional skateboarder John Cardiel, identified by Transworld Skateboarding as the eleventh most influential skateboarder of all time. Likewise, listed Hawk as one of his personal all-time skateboarding influences, alongside Gonzales, Christian Hosoi and Sacramento’s skateboarders. Cardiel explained, “… the insane 540s with no hands, and, just like, all his tricks. Tony Hawk’s the best.”
In April 1990, Hawk tied a knot to Cindy Dunbar, whom he began dating in high school. But, the couple divorced in 1993. Hawk tied a knot to Erin Lee in 1996. They have two sons, Spencer (born March 26, 1999) and Keegan (born July 18, 2001). Spencer is an electronic music producer who releases music as Gupi.
Lee and Hawk divorced in 2004. Hawk married Lhotse Merriam on January 12, 2006 on the island of Tavarua, Fiji. Rancid played for them as the wedding’s band. The couple’s only child, a daughter named Kadence Clover Hawk, was born on June 30, 2008. The couple announced their divorce on February 7, 2011.
Hawk created the Tony Hawk Foundation in 2002 in response to the lack of safe and legal skateparks in America. As of June 2018, his foundation awarded US$5.8 million aiding 596 skatepark projects. In 2015, the foundation received the Robert Wood Johnson Sports award, which honors recipients for their innovative and influential approaches to using sports to build a Culture of Health in their communities.
Later, in 2007, Hawk, Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Lance Armstrong, Warrick Dunn, Jeff Gordon, Mia Hamm, Andrea Jaeger, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mario Lemieux, Alonzo Mourning, and Cal Ripken Jr. founded the charity Athletes for Hope, an organization that aims to inspire all people to volunteer and support their communities through the actions of professional athletes.
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- Birth name: Anthony Frank Hawk
- Nickname(s): The Birdman
- Date of Birth: May 12, 1968
- Age: 52
- Birth Place: San Diego, California, U.S.
- Residence: Encinitas, California, U.S.
- Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
- Weight: 171 lb (78 kg)
- Website: com
- Sponsored by: Birdhouse Skateboards, Nixon
- Spouse: Catherine Goodman (m since 2015), etc.
- Net Worth: $140 Million
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