On This Day … 05 September [2022]


People (Births)

  • 1916 – Frank Shuster, Canadian comedian, actor, and screenwriter (d. 2002).
  • 1921 – Jack Valenti, American businessman, created the MPAA film rating system (d. 2007).
  • 1939 – George Lazenby, Australian actor.
  • 1978 – Laura Bertram, Canadian actress.

Frank Shuster

Frank Shuster, OC (05 September 1916 to 13 January 2002) was a Canadian comedian best known as a member of the comedy duo Wayne and Shuster, alongside Johnny Wayne.

Life and Career

Shuster was born to a Jewish immigrant family in Toronto, Ontario, and spent part of his childhood in Niagara Falls. His family returned to Toronto in time for Shuster to attend high school at Toronto’s Harbord Collegiate Institute, where he met Johnny Wayne in 1930. The two would soon be performing sketches and routines at school talent shows, continuing to do the same when they both attended the University of Toronto.

By the early 1940s Wayne and Shuster began appearing on local radio station CFRB, and during World War II they joined the Canadian Army as performers, entertaining Canadian troops, and performed on the CBC Radio series The Army Show. After the war, the duo appeared on CBC radio and television, becoming a network fixture with regular appearances from the 1940s through the 1980s. They appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show over 66 times. The duo would remain a comedy team for 50 years, until Wayne’s death in 1990.

In 1996, Shuster was made an Officer of the Order of Canada (OC).

Personal Life

Shuster was married to Ruth Shuster and had two children: Rosie and Steve. Rosie Shuster was a comedy writer for Saturday Night Live and other television programs, and former wife of Lorne Michaels. Steve Shuster, a standup comic, writer, musician, and actor, died in 2017 at the age of 67.

He was also the cousin of Joe Shuster, co-creator of Superman.

Death

Frank Shuster died on 13 January 2002, in Toronto, Ontario, at the age of 85.

Jack Valenti

Jack Joseph Valenti (05 September 1921 to 26 April 2007) was an American political advisor and lobbyist who served as a Special Assistant to US President Lyndon B. Johnson. He was also the longtime president of the Motion Picture Association of America. During his 38-year tenure in the MPAA, he created the MPAA film rating system, and was generally regarded as one of the most influential pro-copyright lobbyists in the world.

George Lazenby

George Robert Lazenby (born 5 September 1939) is an Australian actor and former model. He was the second actor to portray fictional British secret agent James Bond in the Eon Productions film series, playing the character in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). Having appeared in only one film, Lazenby’s tenure as Bond is the shortest among the actors in the series.

Beginning his professional career as a model, Lazenby had only acted in commercials when he was cast to replace original Bond actor Sean Connery. He declined to return in subsequent Bond films and instead pursued roles in films throughout the 1970s that included Universal Soldier (1971), Who Saw Her Die? (1972), The Shrine of Ultimate Bliss (1974), The Man from Hong Kong (1975) and The Kentucky Fried Movie (1977). After his career stalled during this period, he moved into business and invested in real estate.

Lazenby later appeared in roles that parodied the James Bond character. In 2017, a Hulu docudrama film, Becoming Bond, featured Lazenby recounting his life story and portrayal of Bond.

Laura Bertram

Laura Maureen Bertram (born 05 September 1978) is a Canadian actress best known for her roles as Amanda Zimm in Ready or Not and Trance Gemini in Andromeda.

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