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.