Lives in the Yiddish Theatre
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"

1931-1969
 

Henry Blum
(Heinrikh)

 

B. was born in Plotsk, Poland. His parents were innkeepers. In 1897 he immigrated with his family to America, where his father soon passed away, and B. had to begin to work at the age of eleven in a tailor's shop.

Through a neighbor, a theatre tailor, B. in his early youth, was directed into the Yiddish theatre, where he helped the tailors at first, but then when the actor Feivl Fridman became sick he was permitted to perform in the play "Dem foters kale", after that in the dramatic circle "Independent Dramatic Society", where he directed his own play "Di eyferzikhtike libe", and there several of Gordin's plays. Then B. acted as a professional for a short time in vaudeville, and also in legitimate theatre in New York, and he traveled across the province with the troupes of Adler, Kessler, Thomashefsky, Blank, Max Rosenthal and Gabel; also he had long seasons acting in local provincial troupes. In 1927-8 B. acted in Baltimore's Folly Theatre, in 1928-9 in Pittsburgh, and in 1929-30 in Toronto.

Specialty: Character roles.


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Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the  "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig, Volume 1, page 176.
 

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