2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 13 x 18 cm and 11 x 15 cm
Frank Shuster (b. September 5, 1916, Toronto, ON) was a Canadian comedian best known as a member of the comedy duo Wayne and Shuster (with Johnny Wayne).
Wayne and Shuster met at Harbord Collegiate in Toronto, where they performed in annual revues. After receiving BAs in English from the University of Toronto, they were both studying for their masters when WWII intervened. After enlisting in the infantry, they were soon reunited, writing and performing for The Army Show.
Following the war, they returned to Canada and worked together on radio (by 1946 they had their own show on CBC) and later on television. In 1950 they began appearing as guests on various American TV programs, including a record sixty-seven performances on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
He was married to Ruth Shuster and had two children: Rosie and Steve. Rosie Shuster is 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.
In 1996, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and died in 2002 in Toronto.
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This item is a portrait of Frank Shuster with his wife, Ruth, and his two children, Rosie and Steve.
Shuster, Frank 1916-2002
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