B. was born in 1864 in
Odessa, Ukraine. A grandson of an Odessa dayan, R' Zise.
About his youth, it is only known that he together with
the late actor (Jacob -- ed.) Katzman, worked in
a tobacco factory, and when Naftali Goldfaden put
together a troupe, he acted with them.
In 1886 one finds him acting
together with the Gradners in Riga, from where they
traveled to London due to the ban on Yiddish theatre in
Russia, but soon after the famous "fire"
in the theatre, he traveled in 1887 together with Adler
and the Gradners to America, where he acted in various
troupes -- in the beginning as an amateur, later in
singing-father roles, possessing a great baritone voice.
In order to make a life for
himself in America, aside from acting, he was also a
cafe owner, and the actors gladly visited his coffee
house. Here he often used to live off of them and on
his own account.
In 1901 he became sick from
a lung inflammation, and after only five days he passed
away, coming to his eternal rest in Washington Cemetery
in New York (Brooklyn -- ed.)
M. E. from his wife, Jacob Katzman and Bina Abramovich.