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Pat Smear was raised in West Los Angeles, by parents who had a huge influence, taking him to piano lessons at a very young age, then teaching himself to play the guitar at which he became very successful. Thus, Pat’s professional career began in 1977, when he and Darby Crash formed the punk band The Gems, alongside Belinda Carlisle and Lorna Doom. However, his tenure with the band was short-lived, as he left in 1979, after the release of the band’s debut album entitled “GI” (1979). However, his net wroth started rising.

After The Gems, Pat sought another engagement, and soon became a guitarist for the band Twisted Roots with Paul and Kira Roessler, brother and sister. However, this band soon disbanded too, but before Pat focused on a solo career, he joined forces with Nina Hagan for a short time. His first solo album came out in 1987, entitled “Ruthensmear”, and increased his net worth by a large margin; five years later, he released his second album “So You Fell In Love With A Musician” (1992). In 1993 he was called by Kurt Cobain to join his band Nirvana for a tour; however, Pat’s tenure with Nirvana was cut short by the death of Kurt Cobain on the 9th April 1994. Afterwards, Pat joined Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters on their album “The Color And The Shape” (1997), but later quit this band too, while still on a tour in support of the album.

After he left Foo Fighters, Pat kept away from music, working as a creative consultant on the motion picture about the Germs and Darby Crash, entitled “What We Do Is Secret”. He is also recognized for appearance on the MTV fashion show entitled “House of Style” alongside Cindy Crawford. These appearances also added to his overall net worth.

In 2005, he and Shane West, actor, started a tour as The Gems, Pat announcing the reunion of the band. Ever since then, Pat, Lorna Doom, and with the addition of Don Bolles are on constant tour, however, no new material has been released so far. In 2005, Smear also rejoined Foo Fighters, and has been a member of the band ever since, recording five albums including “Skin And Bones” (2006), “Wasting Lights” (2011), “Sonic Highways” (2014), and their latest release “St. Cecilia” (2015). All these also certainly added to Pat’s net worth.

When it comes to Par Smear’s personal life, in the media there is information that he is married, and has children, but any other information about them is private.

Structural info

  • Full Name: Pat Smear
  • Net Worth: $3 Million
  • Date Of Birth: August 5, 1959
  • Place Of Birth: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Height: 1.84 m
  • Profession: Guitarist, Musician, Songwriter
  • Nationality: United States of America
  • Nicknames: Georg Ruthenberg , Pat Ruthensmear , Ruthensmear, Pat , Smear, Pat
  • IMDB:
  • Awards: Grammy Award for Best Rock Song
  • Music Groups: Foo Fighters, Nirvana (1993 – 1994), Germs (Since 1977), Meat Puppets, Adolescents (1981), 45 Grave
  • Movies: Live at Wembley Stadium
  • TV Shows: Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways


  • Original member of the legendary American punk band The Germs.
  • He was the original guitarist for the Foo Fighters. He left the band shortly after the release of their second album in 1997.
  • Fourth (and oldest) member of Nirvana in its final years (1993-1994, or the In Utero era).
  • Father is of German ancestry; mother is of African-American and Native American ancestry.


Title Year Status Character
20th Century Women 2016 writer: “Media Blitz” – as Georg Ruthenberg
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 TV Series writer – 1 episode
The Concert for Valor 2014 TV Special writer: “My Hero”
Late Show with David Letterman 2011-2014 TV Series writer – 2 episodes
Howard Stern Birthday Bash 2014 Video writer: “My Hero”
Sound City 2013 Documentary performer: “The Man That Never Was”, “Your Wife Is Calling”, “Cut Me Some Slack” / writer: “The Man That Never Was”, “Cut Me Some Slack”
Saturday Night Live TV Series performer – 1 episode, 2012 writer – 1 episode, 2012
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2012 TV Series writer – 1 episode
Real Steel 2011 writer: “Miss the Misery”
Somewhere 2010 writer: “My Hero”
The Other Guys 2010 writer: “My Hero” – as Georg Ruthenberg
Guitar Hero II 2006 Video Game writer: “MONKEY WRENCH”
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession 2004 TV Movie documentary writer: “Manimal” – as George Ruthenberg
Tony Hawk’s Underground 2 2004 Video Game writer: “Lexicon Devil” – as Georg Ruthenberg
Not Another Teen Movie 2001 writer: “My Hero”
Juggalo Championshxt Wrestling Vol. 2 2000 Video writer: “My Hero” – as Pat Smears
Gran Turismo 2 1999 Video Game writer: “My Hero”
Varsity Blues 1999 writer: “My Hero”
Suburbia 1983 writer: “No God”
Cruising 1980 writer: “Lions Share”
Title Year Status Character
Citizen Tania 1989 Cinque (as Pat Ruthensmear)
The Book of Manson 1989 Jimi Hendrix (as Pat Ruthensmear)
Title Year Status Character
Punk’s Not Dead 2007 Documentary additional thanks
Title Year Status Character
Radio 1’s Big Weekend Norwich 2015 2015 TV Mini-Series Himself / Himself – Interviewee
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2014 TV Series Himself – Musical Guest: Foo Fighters
Sonic Highways 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
60 Minutes 2014 TV Series documentary Himself – Guitarist, Foo Fighters (segment “Foo Fighters”)
Late Show with David Letterman 2011-2014 TV Series Himself / Himself – Top Ten List Presenter / Himself – Foo Fighters: Guitar
Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years 2014 Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2014 TV Series Himself – Musical guest
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself – Winner
Sound City 2013 Documentary Himself
Saturday Night Live 2012 TV Series Himself
SXSW Flashback 2011 2011 TV Movie Himself
Foo Fighters: Back and Forth 2011 Documentary Himself
Foo Fighters: White Limo 2011 Short Himself
Foo Fighters: Live at Wembley Stadium 2008 Video documentary
The Pikme-Up 2006 Documentary
Special 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Punk: Attitude 2005 Documentary Himself
The 2003 Billboard Music Awards 2003 TV Special Himself
The Work of Director Michel Gondry 2003 Video Himself (segment “Everlong”) (uncredited)
Free Tibet 1998 Documentary Himself (Foo Fighters)
Kurt & Courtney 1998 Documentary Himself
House of Style 1997 TV Series Himself – Host
Foo Fighters: Everlong 1997 Video short Himself
The Rodman World Tour 1996 TV Series Himself
No Doubt: Don’t Speak 1996 Video short Himself
Unplugged 1993 TV Series documentary Himself
The Decline of Western Civilization 1981 Documentary Guitarist, The Germs
Archive Footage
Title Year Status Character
60 Minutes 2015 TV Series documentary Himself – Guitarist, Foo Fighters (segment “Foo Fighters”)
Cobain: Montage of Heck 2015 Documentary Himself
House of Style: Music, Models and MTV 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
Pearl Jam Twenty 2011 Documentary Himself (uncredited)
When Rock Goes Acoustic 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself
Hit So Hard 2011 Documentary Himself
20 to 1 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Video on Trial 2006 TV Series Himself – Accused / Himself – Foo Fighters
Rage: 20 Years of Punk Rock West Coast Style 2001 Documentary Himself
SNL: 25 Years of Music 1999 TV Movie Himself


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