Harold Kruger

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Harold Kruger
Personal information
Full name Harold Herman Kruger
Nickname(s) "Stubby"
National team  United States
Born (1897-09-21)September 21, 1897
Honolulu, Hawaii
Died October 7, 1965(1965-10-07) (aged 68)
Burbank, California
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke
Club Healani Club

Harold Herman Kruger (September 21, 1897 – October 7, 1965) was an American competition swimmer who represented the United States at the 1920 Summer Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium.[1] Kruger swam in the event final of the men's 100-meter backstroke and finished fifth overall.[1][2]

Kruger married dancer and actress Evan-Burrows Fontaine in 1928 or 29.[3] A son Bobby was born to this union before their divorce in 1935.[4] Kruger 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 1986 Kruger was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as a "pioneer swimmer."[5][6]


  1. ^ a b Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Stubby Kruger. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  2. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1920 Antwerp Summer Games, Men's 100 metres Backstroke Final. Retrieved November 27, 2012.
  3. ^ To Try Fontaine Suit Third Time-The Pittsburgh Press - Jan 22, 1929 accessed June 13, 2012
  4. ^ The Canandaigua Times December 3, 1935
  5. ^ Stubby Kruger 68, Stunt Man Dies-The Gettysburg Times, October 8, 1965, pg. 5, Ancestry.com
  6. ^ Stubby Kruger, Internet Movie Database accessed June 12, 2012

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