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Pat Smear Net Worth

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Pat Smear net worth is
$3 Million

Pat Smear Wiki Biography

Pat Smear was born as Georg Albert Ruthenberg on the 5th August 1959, in Los Angeles, California USA, of Native-American, African-American (mother) and German (immigrant – father) ancestry. He is a musician, who is best known for being a guitarist of several bands – Foo Fighters, The Germs, and Nirvana. He has been an active member of the entertainment industry since 1977.

Have you ever wondered how rich is Pat Smear? Sources estimate that Pat’s net worth is $3 million as of early 2016, with the main source of his wealth being, of course, his professional career in music. Another source of his fortune is coming from his other activities in the entertainment industry.

Pat Smear Net Worth $3 Million

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.

Full NamePat Smear
Net Worth$3 Million
Date Of BirthAugust 5, 1959
Place Of BirthLos Angeles, California, United States
Height1.84 m
ProfessionGuitarist, Musician, Songwriter
NationalityUnited States of America
NicknamesGeorg Ruthenberg , Pat Ruthensmear , Ruthensmear, Pat , Smear, Pat
AwardsGrammy Award for Best Rock Song
Music GroupsFoo Fighters, Nirvana (1993 – 1994), Germs (Since 1977), Meat Puppets, Adolescents (1981), 45 Grave
MoviesLive at Wembley Stadium
TV ShowsFoo Fighters: Sonic Highways
1Original member of the legendary American punk band The Germs.
2He was the original guitarist for the Foo Fighters. He left the band shortly after the release of their second album in 1997.
3Fourth (and oldest) member of Nirvana in its final years (1993-1994, or the In Utero era).
4Father is of German ancestry; mother is of African-American and Native American ancestry.


20th Century Women2016writer: "Media Blitz" - as Georg Ruthenberg
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Concert for Valor2014TV Special writer: "My Hero"
Late Show with David Letterman2011-2014TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Howard Stern Birthday Bash2014Video writer: "My Hero"
Sound City2013Documentary 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 LiveTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2012 writer - 1 episode, 2012
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Real Steel2011writer: "Miss the Misery"
Somewhere2010writer: "My Hero"
The Other Guys2010writer: "My Hero" - as Georg Ruthenberg
Guitar Hero II2006Video Game writer: "MONKEY WRENCH"
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession2004TV Movie documentary writer: "Manimal" - as George Ruthenberg
Tony Hawk's Underground 22004Video Game writer: "Lexicon Devil" - as Georg Ruthenberg
Not Another Teen Movie2001writer: "My Hero"
Juggalo Championshxt Wrestling Vol. 22000Video writer: "My Hero" - as Pat Smears
Gran Turismo 21999Video Game writer: "My Hero"
Varsity Blues1999writer: "My Hero"
Suburbia1983writer: "No God"
Cruising1980writer: "Lions Share"


Citizen Tania1989Cinque (as Pat Ruthensmear)
The Book of Manson1989Jimi Hendrix (as Pat Ruthensmear)


Punk's Not Dead2007Documentary additional thanks


Radio 1's Big Weekend Norwich 20152015TV Mini-SeriesHimself / Himself - Interviewee
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest: Foo Fighters
Sonic Highways2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
60 Minutes2014TV Series documentaryHimself - Guitarist, Foo Fighters (segment "Foo Fighters")
Late Show with David Letterman2011-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Top Ten List Presenter / Himself - Foo Fighters: Guitar
Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years2014Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2014TV SeriesHimself - Musical guest
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards2014TV SpecialHimself - Winner
Sound City2013DocumentaryHimself
Saturday Night Live2012TV SeriesHimself
SXSW Flashback 20112011TV MovieHimself
Foo Fighters: Back and Forth2011DocumentaryHimself
Foo Fighters: White Limo2011ShortHimself
Foo Fighters: Live at Wembley Stadium2008Video documentary
The Pikme-Up2006Documentary
Special2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Punk: Attitude2005DocumentaryHimself
The 2003 Billboard Music Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
The Work of Director Michel Gondry2003VideoHimself (segment "Everlong") (uncredited)
Free Tibet1998DocumentaryHimself (Foo Fighters)
Kurt & Courtney1998DocumentaryHimself
House of Style1997TV SeriesHimself - Host
Foo Fighters: Everlong1997Video shortHimself
The Rodman World Tour1996TV SeriesHimself
No Doubt: Don't Speak1996Video shortHimself
Unplugged1993TV Series documentaryHimself
The Decline of Western Civilization1981DocumentaryGuitarist, The Germs

Archive Footage

60 Minutes2015TV Series documentaryHimself - Guitarist, Foo Fighters (segment "Foo Fighters")
Cobain: Montage of Heck2015DocumentaryHimself
House of Style: Music, Models and MTV2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Pearl Jam Twenty2011DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
When Rock Goes Acoustic2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hit So Hard2011DocumentaryHimself
20 to 12006TV Series documentaryHimself
Video on Trial2006TV SeriesHimself - Accused / Himself - Foo Fighters
Rage: 20 Years of Punk Rock West Coast Style2001DocumentaryHimself
SNL: 25 Years of Music1999TV MovieHimself

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