Harold “Stubby” Kruger
Stubby was an American competition swimmer who represented the United States at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium. He swam in the event final of the men’s 100-meter backstroke and finished fifth overall.
He was a colleague of Johnny Weissmuller’s and performed at carnivals and fairs billed as the Incomparable Water Comedian. He also had a career in Hollywood as an actor and stunt double that began in the silent era and lasted well into the 1950s. His last film credit was as Spencer Tracy’s double in “The Old Man and the Sea.”
In 1965, I was visiting with Stubby to do a story on him in our monthly newsletter, “Falling For Stars”. While I was there he got a phone call. It was from his Agent in Minnesota, Al Sheehan, who asked him if he would like to spend the summer up in Medora, North Dakota to do live shows for a production called, ”Teddy Roosevelt in the Badlands”.
Stubby told Mr. Sheehan that he was suffering from arthritis and it would be difficult for him to spend that much time without causing a problem.
The production was for eleven weeks of seven nights a week.
Then, Stubby said to Mr. Sheehan “Wait a minute, I have a stunt pal right here with me, Johnny Hagner, who might be interested.” “Hey Johnny ... I want you to talk with Al about something you would do well to accept.” Then he handed me the phone! Well, let’s hold that one for another time, folks!
Stubby Kruger is an honored Inductee in the Hollywood Stuntmen’s Hall of Fame.
He is known for his roles in the films “The Lost Boys”, “Rush”, “Sleepers”, “Your Friends and Neighbors”, “The Losers” and others, including “Geronimo: An American Legend”. I had the privilege of working in it as one of the ‘Miners’ at the Mining Camp. Jason visited the Hollywood Stuntmen’s Hall of Fame during his stay here in Moab in 1993 which is where the movie was filmed.
Patric was born in Queens, New York. He is the son of Academy Award-nominated actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Jason Miller and actress Linda Miller. His maternal grandfather was Jackie Gleason.
Rocky was born in 1919 in Texas as Robert Ray Shahan. He is known for his work in “Rawhide” (1959) the series, ”Blood Arrow” (1958), ”Ride a Violent Mile (1957), ”The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV series), “Gunsmoke”, ”Have Gun: Will Travel”, “Broken Arrow”, and for many other films and television series. Rocky also appeared in “Wagon Master” which was filmed in Moab, Utah, in 1949, in which he doubled for Ward Bond. He is an honored inductee in the Hollywood Stuntmen’s Hall of Fame.
|If interested in learning more about the Hall of Fame, please contact John Hagner (Founder) at 435 260-2160.
Hall of Fame website: www.stuntmen.org
John Hagner (Founder) is also the Artist of the Stars.
His Celebrity Portrait Drawings are available at telephone 435-259-7000,
50 W. 400 N, Moab, Utah 84532.
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