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Gene Krupa (1909–1973)

Gene married Ethel McGuire in 1934. She was the switchboard operator at the Dixie Hotel where Gene was living while he was working in the pit band of "Girl Crazy." They were divorced in 1942 and remarried in 1946. Ethel died in 1955. Gene then married Patty Bowler in 1959 and they adopted two children, Mary Grace and Michael, who Gene nicknamed "... See full bio »

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Raging Bull Soundtrack
Rounders Soundtrack
Hollywood Ending Soundtrack


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 1960 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series)
Band Leader / Cameo Appearance
- Episode #13.39 (1960) ... Band Leader
- Episode #13.16 (1960) ... Cameo Appearance
 1956 The Benny Goodman Story
Gene Krupa
 1954 The Glenn Miller Story
Gene Krupa
 1949 Make Believe Ballroom
Drummer Gene Krupa
 1948 Glamour Girl
Gene Krupa
 1948 Smart Politics
Gene Krupa
 1947 Beat the Band
Gene Krupa
 1947 Follow That Music (Short)
Gene King
 1945 George White's Scandals
Gene Krupa (as Gene Krupa His Drums and His Band)
 1944 The Shining Future (Short)
Gene Krupa (uncredited)
 1942 Thanks for the Boogie Ride (Short)
Self / Drummer
 1942 Syncopation
Gene Krupa
 1941 Ball of Fire
Gene Krupa - Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
 1939 Some Like It Hot
Gene Krupa
 1937 Hollywood Hotel
Benny Goodman Drummer (uncredited)
 1936 The Big Broadcast of 1937
Band Drummer
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4 Biographical Movies | 2 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | See more »

Alternate Names:

Gene Krupa His Drums and His Band | The Gene Krupa Quartet | The Gene Krupa Trio


5' 8" (1.73 m)

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He was innovative. It was his idea to create the tunable tom-tom; he went to the Zildjian company and asked for thinner cymbals; he was the first drummer to record using a bass drum; he was one of the first drummers (if not the first) to use a hi-hat as we know it today; and the modern drum kit basically stems from his. See more »

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