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Leon Schuster

Leon Schuster, 2001
Born Leon Schuster
May 21, 1951 (1951-05-21) (age 58)
Vereeniging, South Africa
Other name(s) (Mr.) Schuks / Schucks
Years active 1975 - present
Official website

Leon Ernest "Schuks" Schuster (born May 21, 1951) is a South African filmmaker, comedian, actor, presenter and singer.


Early life

Schuster was drawn to the filmmaking process at an early age. As children he and his brother would play practical jokes on his family and film these with an old home movie camera.

Schuster studied for a BA degree at the University of the Orange Free State and spent two years teaching at a high school in Bloemfontein.


Schuster began working for the South African Broadcasting Corporation in 1975. 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 100,000 units. His second album Broekskeur sold in excess of 40,000 units and this was followed by Briekdans and Leon Schuster – 20 Treffers which sold in excess of 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, 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 that R33 million at the South African box office.


Year Film Role Gross
1986 You Must Be Joking! Schucks
1987 You Must Be Joking! Too Schucks
1989 Oh Schucks...It's Schuster! Schucks
1990 Oh Schucks...! Here Comes UNTAG Kwagga Robertse
1991 Sweet 'n Short Sweet Coetzee
1993 There's a Zulu On My Stoep Rhino Labaschagnee
1997 Panic Mechanic Schucks
1999 Millennium Menace Schucks
2001 Mr Bones Bones R33 million
2004 Oh Schuks... I'm Gatvol Schucks
2005 Mama Jack Jack Theron
2008 Mr Bones 2: Back from the Past Bones R33 million



  • Leon Schuster
  • Groen, Goud en White
  • Hie' Kommie Bokke
  • My Mates - Die Bokke
  • Gautvol in Paradise
  • Catchup Song and Every Cricket Hit
  • Op Dun Eish


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