(1779–1835), Austrian actor, one of the most popular comic figures in the Viennese popular theatre. After a period with Karl Marinelli's Baden company, he joined the Leopoldstädter company in Vienna in 1801 and remained with it until his death. From 1805 onwards he appeared in local Singspiele. Schuster, who was small and deformed, did not achieve fame until 1813 when he created the part of Staberl the umbrella-maker in Bäuerle's Die Bürger in Wien. Thereafter he was the hero of innumerable Staberliaden, many of them written by Karl Carl, and gradually replaced Anton Hasenhut in popular favour.
From The Concise Oxford Companion to the Theatre in Oxford Reference.