Individual sports icon known for redefining vertical skateboarding, founding Birdhouse, and launching a successful video game series.
After striking out in a little league game, he hid out in a ravine until his father came to get him. He won many skateboard competitions as a child, and became a professional when he was 14.
He was nicknamed The Birdman for his aerial stunts, and gained fame for becoming first skater to successfully land a 900 degree spin out of a half pipe.
He married Erin Lee in 1996, and they had two sons together. After their divorce, he married Lhotse Merriam on January 12, 2006, and they had a daughter named Kadence Clover Hawk. One of his sons, Riley, also became a professional skater.
He made cameo appearances in Jackass: The Movie, Jackass Number Two and Jackass 3D with Johnny Knoxville.