Leon Schuster, 2001
21 May 1951
Vereeniging, South Africa
|Residence||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Other names||(Mr.) Schuks / Schucks|
Schuster was drawn to the filmmaking process at an early age. As child he and his brother Ottoh L would play practical jokes on his family and film these.
Schuster began working for the South African Broadcasting Corporation. During his time at the SABC, Leon created the Afrikaans radio series Vrypostige Mikrofoon with Fanus Rautenbach– where he would disguise his voice and take the mickey out of unsuspecting victims.
In 1982, Leon was approached by Decibel Records to compile a series of sports songs and his first record, Leon Schuster sold 10 units. His second album Broekskeur sold in excess of 40 units and this was followed by Briekdans and Leon Schuster – 20 Treffers which sold in excess of 270 copies.
His hit CD Hier Kom Die Bokke garnered an FNB Sama Music Award for Biggest Selling CD of 1995. His following CD, Gatvol in Paradise, sold in more than 125,0 units and gave rise to the unofficial Gauteng anthem, Gautengeling.
Schuster's first feature, You Must Be Joking! produced in collaboration with Johan Scholtz and Elmo de Witt became popular with South African audiences and it gave rise to the sequel You Must be Joking! Too.
These films were candid camera sketches and Schuster made many more of these films as well as slap-stick films, the most notable of which was Mr Bones. The film emerged as the most successful Schuster film of all time, earning more than R33 million at the South African box office.
16 September 2011 it was reported that Leon Schuster upcoming movie will partly financed by the The Walt Disney Company. The Walt Disney Company will also be handling the distribution and marketing of the new movie.
|1986||You Must Be Joking!||Schuks|
|1987||You Must Be Joking! Too||Schuks|
|1989||Oh Schuks...It's Schuster!||Schuks|
|1990||Oh Schucks! Here Comes UNTAG||Kwagga Robertse|
|1991||Sweet 'n Short||Sweet Coetzee|
|1993||There's a Zulu on My Stoep||Rhino Labuschagne|
|2001||Mr Bones||Bones||R33 million|
|2004||Oh Schuks... I'm Gatvol||Schuks|
|2005||Mama Jack||Jack Theron
|2008||Mr Bones 2: Back from the Past||Bones||R35 million|
|2010||Schuks Tshabalala's Survival Guide to South Africa||Schuks Tshabalala|
|2013||Schuks! Your Country Needs You||Schuks|
- Leon Schuster (1982)
- Broekskeur (1983)
- Waar En Wolhaar (1983)
- Briekdans (1984)
- Rugby (1985)
- You Must Be Joking! (1986)
- Dasiefoutie (1988)
- "Shakin" Schuster En Sy Opkikkers (1992)
- Hie' Kommie Bokke (1995)
- Gautvol In Paradise (1997)
- Die Vrypostige Mikrofoon, Volume 1 (1998)
- Die Vrypostige Mikrofoon, Volume 2 (1998)
- Baas Funny Plaas (1999)
- My Beste Jare (2001)
- Groen, Goud En White (2002)
- Catchup Song And Every Cricket Hit (2003)
- Oh Schuks... I'm Gatvol (2004)
- Op Dun Eish (2006)
- Dra Die Bok (2008)
- My Mates - Die Bokke