False: Leon Schuster Death – Dead?? Did Leon Schuster Passed Away?

Who is Leon Schuster? What Happened to Him? Did he Passed Away? This are the few question fans of Leon Schuster are asking on social media.

The 70 years old South African filmmaker has become a subject of death hoax lately. Through information gathered on social media it was revealed that Leon Schuster popularly known as Mr Bones is dead. This is not true, as no reliable source has given us any clue about his passing. Please disregard any website that report that the Legendary actor has passed away, Mr Bones is alive and healthy.

Who is Leon Schuster?

Leon Schuster was born 21 May 1951 in Vereeniging, South Africa, went to University of the Free State. Schuster went to Hoërskool Jim Fouché in Bloemfontein, and then studied for a BA degree at the University of the Orange Free State, where he played rugby for the first team. He returned to Jim Fouché as a teacher for two years.

He is a filmmaker, comedian, actor, presenter and singer. Schuster began working for the South African Broadcasting Corporation. During his time at the SABC, he created the Afrikaans radio series Vrypostige Mikrofoon with Fanus Rautenbach – which involved disguising his voice and playing phone pranks on unsuspecting victims.

In 1982, Schuster was approached by Decibel Records to compile a series of sports songs which resulted in his first record entitled, Leon Schuster, having sold 10,000 units. His second album, Broekskeur (‘trouser-tearing’), sold in excess of 40,000 units. This was then followed by Briekdans and Leon Schuster – 20 Treffers, which sold more than 270,000 copies.

His hit CD Hier Kom Die Bokke (‘Here Come The Bucks’) garnered an FNB Sama Music Award for Biggest Selling CD of 1995. His following CD, Gatvol in Paradise, sold in more than 125,000 units and gave rise to the unofficial Gauteng anthem, “Gautengeleng”. Hey Bokke! was re-released in 2019 – an adaptation of the 1960s song Hey Baby in the hope that lightning might strike twice. South Africa won the World Cup. The prolific South African songwriter, Don Clarke, co-wrote the lyrics.

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 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, including Mr Bones, his most successful film, which earned more than R33 million at the South African box office.

On 16 September 2011 it was reported that Schuster’s next movie, Mad Buddies, would be partly financed by the Walt Disney Company, which would also handle the distribution and marketing of the film. The film was released in 2012 and starred Schuster opposite funnyman Kenneth Nkosi. It received poor reviews, and garnered R4.5 million in the opening weekend from a budget of R20 million.

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