Pat Smear

2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala & Salute to Industry Icons with Clive Davis Honoring David Geffen

Birth Name: Georg Albert Ruthenberg

Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 5, 1959

*German (father)
*African American, possibly Native American (mother)

Pat Smear is an American musician. He is a guitarist in the rock band Foo Fighters. Other members of the band are Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins, among others.

Pat also played for Germs and toured with Nirvana.

His father was German. His mother was African-American, and was also said to have Native American ancestry.

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Finnish-Italian guy,

3 Responses

  1. cwm85 says:

    Wow thought he was like west european of something. Interesting.

  2. andrew says:

    in “Nirvana: True Story” by Everett True he is described as having Cherokee and German Jewish ancestry.

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