Neal was born on May 4, 1957. This photo of him was taken around 1961.
As of this writing, he is 60 years old.
Online articles have pegged him as 70, 66, 63, who knows? He does. He enjoys looking old and acting young. Skateline host Gary Rogers called him “Old as f*ck,” at the premier of We Are Blood, and that about sums it up. Neal has naturally white hair and more wrinkles than I can count, they pool up and fade out around his six (eight?) pack abs. See for yourself if you catch him shirtless, which he often is. I was in a salon once when he rode behind a hedge and the ladies in there with me thought he was actually naked! Silly girls.
neal has the best bone density in several states
Another time I was getting my hair trimmed and the beautician said, “He’s going to break a hip!” not knowing he came there with me. I hear that a lot; people don’t realize how often Neal falls down, on concrete usually. He knows how to do it, skaters learn that early. Although I can’t prove it scientifically, I have reason to believe that Neal Unger has superior bone density. Bones strengthen when they get surprised by a jolt; do it often enough and they get really tough! Neal broke his foot once. He didn’t stop skating but he learned to ride switch (with his less dominant foot).
Neal skates within his limits
You don’t see him doing the nine stair. He does a lot of street skating and he is aware of what’s going on around him. He doesn’t wipe out into traffic. His board doesn’t shoot out and ding a car in a parking lot. Elderly folks (like him) on the sidewalk needn’t fear falling because Neal won’t knock them off their feet. Maybe inexperienced street skaters sometimes make those crappy mistakes, not experienced skaters like Neal.
He IS loud, his powerslides and bounce tricks have the capability of splitting ears for miles. The worst have triggered reactions from frightened dogs, and once, a startled toddler. The latter time Neal felt bad, apologized, and stopped skating in that area that day. Most of the time kids love what he does! As for the dog, he started chasing Neal and they both turned it into a game.