Born in (23 September, per
his gravestone in the Yiddish Theatrical Alliance plot
at Mt. Hebron Cemetery in New York-- ed.) 1906 in
Bilgoraj, Poland, to Orthodox parents, merchants.
He was made an orphan by his father at age six. His
mother immigrated to America, leaving her children with
the grandparents, and A. became the overseer of all the
children. In the end, in 1920, he managed to bring his
mother and her children to America. A short time after
his arrival in America, A. became a member in a dramatic
union, and several years later -- a professional Yiddish
actor in a troupe in Philadelphia. In the later years,
he acted with Julius Nathanson, Leon Blank, Boris
Thomashefsky, Aaron Lebedeff, Samuel Goldenburg, Jenny
Goldstein, et al.
In 1935, acting with Herman
Yablokoff in the McKinley Square Theatre, where
Henrietta Jacobson also acted, he married her, and in
1938 became taken into the Yiddish Actors Union.
In 1938 -- guest-starred
with is wife in Europe (Belgium, France, Lithuania).
Returning to America, he was engaged in Chicago, where
they acted for two years, then four years in the
Hopkinson Theatre, and participated in a revue film.
After acting in the Second
Avenue Theatre with Molly Picon and Jacob Kalich, he
guest-starred for eight weeks in 1948 in London,
England, then again in the Second Avenue Theatre in New
York. In 1949 -- again was called on for a guest role in