Rusty founded The Great Impostors the same year, which initially included Michelle DuBarry, and they concentrated on touring small towns at a time when taking a drag revue into northern Ontario was considered brave and crazy, but they were actually treated as stars.
In 1999 Rusty had a contract with a Vancouver agent and The Great Impostors played 382 stages across the country. He also toured with Frankie Goes to Hollywood. He was proudly gay, and performed in many drag fund-raisers and charity events.
He died of a coronary just after a mufti performance in Liverpool, Nova Scotia.
*Not the Brad Pitt character in Ocean’s 11 and sequels.
- Penny East. “Rusty Ryan”. Xtra, Aug 21 2003. http://archives.xtra.ca/Story.aspx?s=14911483.