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Frank Shuster

Frank Shuster, actor,
This photo of Johnny Wayne, Ed Sullivan and Frank Shuster was scanned from an original in the Northernstars Collection.

B: September 5, 1916 in Toronto, Ontario
D: January 13, 2002 in Toronto, Ontario

Frank Shuster played the serious side of the comedy duo, Wayne and Shuster. The two men had met at Toronto’s Harbord Collegiate and worked together at making people laugh until the death of Johnny Wayne in 1990. In addition to their long-running series on CBC they also made a record-breaking 67 appearances on the CBS Network’s Ed Sullivan Show. The fledgling comedy team began life as Weingarten and Shuster, then they tried Frankie and Johnny, then Shu and Lew and, eventually by 1941 had settled on Wayne and Shuster. They made their professional radio debut on Toronto’s CFRB where they wrote and performed The Javex Wife Preservers, dispensing humour and household tips geared to Canadian housewives, earning all of $12.50 per week. They soon caught the attention of Canada’s national network and were hired away by the CBC beginning an association that lasted for decades.