S. was born 1892 in
Kremenchug, Crimea. According to Yona Radinov, his father
was a gabbai. He received his education from a
middle school. In 1912, according to S.'s autobiography,
he came into Russian drama in Poltava, where he had
begun to act under the name of Yakovlyev. After acting
for a year in a range of Russian cities, in 1917, he
went over to Kherson and Russian operettas. In Kherson,
he also participated in Yiddish in the troupe of the
Kurik brothers, and he acted in Sholem Aleichem's "S'fidlt
nit." He also was the secretary of the Artists' Union. In
1919 he returned to perform in Russian in Novotsherkask,
Taganrog, Novorosisk, and from there traveled to
Yugoslavia, where he for eight years time directed his
own troupe in Serbian, and there took the name "Serbsky."
In 1928 he, under the name
of Serbsky, came to Riga and entered into the "New
Yiddish Theatre" under the direction of Julius Adler,
and he remained to perform in Yiddish in Riga's Yiddish
theatre. In 1929-30 he acted in Kovno's new Yiddish
theatre. In 1931 he was in Poland and Lithuania and then
returned to the Riga Yiddish Meutim Theatre. In 1939 he
acted with the guest-starring Max Perlman and Gita
Galina, and then went off to Belgium, where he was
captured by the Nazis, who had him killed.
S.'s wife, Maria Larska, a
Jew, was a soubrette-prima donna on the Russian stage.
His brother, the Russian coupletist Chigorov, had in his
elder years married the Yiddish actress Sara Brez and
also crossed over to the Yiddish stage and was killed in
the Riga Ghetto.