Kristopher Hambas of Scarsdale, formerly of Manhattan and Edgemont, was killed in the early morning of Nov. 21 on the Brooklyn Bridge. While stopped on the exit ramp, his SUV was rear-ended by a pickup truck and exploded. He was 32.
Kristopher’s modeling career began while living on Clayton Road in Edgemont. He appeared in his first magazine cover when he was 8 years old and moved to Scarsdale for his teen years, where he honed various skills in painting, carpentry, landscape design and tattooing. He also began his first career of filming music videos in the projects of New York, Las Vegas and St. Louis with the hopes of discovering new talent “not otherwise in a position to have themselves heard,” his family said. Rapper Sway Boogie described Kristopher as the “only dude from Scarsdale, Westchester, that would bring his camera equipment into Brooklyn Howard Projects to shoot videos for the whole ’hood. He was the bridge between SoHo and Brooklyn.”
Kristopher continued pursuing modeling, film and television work in New York City. According to his family, “The word ‘no’ was not part of his vocabulary,” and his work both behind the camera and on-screen (photography, set design, acting and editing) was entirely self-taught.
Kristopher wore many hats in numerous productions in the U.S. and abroad including: key production manager for the short films “Marco Polo” and “Knightmares,” written and directed by Nick Holmes; key grip on movies “Sam’s Last Day” and “Stockholm,” as well as the TV show “Gotham”; and cinematographer for “This Movie Will Get Into Sundance.”
His acting roles included “The Fourhundred Magazine,” directed by Eduardo Alcivar Gonzales. As a model, he worked for BMW in Germany, and Bentley. Kristopher was currently cast in a major supporting role as “Stitches” in Rob Barrialles’ “Stenches.”
Described as “loving and charismatic” by his family, Kristopher was known by many nicknames, including Brick and Rock; and Uncle Kisses to his 5-year-old niece, Lily.
Kristopher Hambas is survived by his parents, Martie Marsala Hambas of Scarsdale and Nicholas C. Hambas of Brooklyn; his siblings Kristin, a member of the Scarsdale Volunteer Fire Department Co. 1, Chip (Nicholas), Kyle, Kory-Michael and Noelle Nicole; his aunts, uncles and cousins, as well as his maternal grandparents Barth and Charlotte Marsala and his paternal great-grandmother Florence Galas. He was predeceased by his paternal grandparents Steve and Claire Hambas.
A celebration of life will be held at Edwin L. Bennett Funeral Home, 824 Scarsdale Ave., on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 2 to 7 p.m. A service will be held at St. James the Less Church, 10 Church Lane, on Dec. 9 at 3:30 p.m. Bright clothing preferred.