Leon Schuster Death – Dead: South African Filmmaker Leon Schuster is not Dead

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Leon Schuster Death – Leon Schuster, Popular South-african filmmaker, comedian, actor, presenter and singer who was best known for one of his movie called Mr. Bones has become a subject of death hoax. While the origin of the hoax is unclear, there is a persistent rumor that Mr. Bones which real name is Leon Schuster has passed away.

The origin of the death hoax is unclear, most tend to go viral on social media platforms while other hoaxes or rumors are spread via e-mail or blogs. However, he is still alive and doing just fine.

Schuster was drawn to the filmmaking process at an early age. As a child he and his brother would play practical jokes on his family and film these. He explained, in a 2010 interview about his early life in Bloemfontein, “I remember running down the isle of the Ritz Theatre, playing cowboys & crooks, which was all the rage at the time.

I also remember loving Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin and the Three Stooges. I was always acting things out, and pulling pranks. I used to fool my grandma into thinking I’d shot myself in the foot with my pellet gun… tomato sauce everywhere, me squealing like a wild pig. Pranking is just in my nature, but I’d never thought I’d become a movie star… no, I’m not a movie star, I’m just a local outjie that likes to entertain people.

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.

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.

Music
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, 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 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.

Film
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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