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Johnny Wayne Biography and Career

Johnny Wayne Biography

Johnny Wayne born Louis Weingarten in 28 May 1918 was a Canadian comedian and comedy writer best known for his work as part of the comedy duo Wayne and Shuster alongside Frank Shuster. The son of a successful clothing manufacturer who spoke several languages and the eldest of seven children, Johnny Wayne was born in downtown Toronto and attended Harbord Collegiate Institute, where he met his future comedy partner, and later the University of Toronto.

Johnny Wayne Career

Wayne and Shuster began working together in the 1930s and continued their successful collaboration on stage, radio, and television until Wayne’s death from brain cancer in 1990. He is buried at Holy Blossom Cemetery, in his home town of Toronto.Wayne was a curling enthusiast and was a commentator alongside Alex Trebek and Doug Maxwell during the 1968 CBC Curling Championship. He also had musical talents and was a successful songwriter in the 1950s, including co-writing Bobby Gimby’s 1958 hit “Jimbo”. In 1964 he recorded the song “Charlottetown”, which he wrote and sang for the Canadian Confederation Centennial.

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