Johnny Wayne and Frank Shuster
September 5, 1916|
|Died||January 13, 2002
|Awards||Order of Canada|
Born in Toronto, Ontario, he spent part of his childhood in Niagara Falls. His family returned to Toronto in time for Shuster to attend high school at Toronto's Harbord Collegiate Institute, where he met Johnny Wayne in 1930. The two would soon be performing sketches and routines at school talent shows, continuing to do the same when they both attended the University of Toronto. By the early 1940s Wayne and Shuster began appearing on local radio station CFRB, and during WWII they joined the Canadian Army as performers, entertaining Canadian troops. After the war, the duo appeared on CBC radio and television, becoming a network fixture with regular appearances from the 40s through the 80s. The duo would remain a comedy team for 60 years, until Wayne's death in 1990.
In 1996, Shuster was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. He was married to Ruth Shuster and had two children: Rosie and Steve. Rosie Shuster was a comedy writer for Saturday Night Live and other television programs, and former wife of Lorne Michaels. Steve Shuster is also in the entertainment industry.
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